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Dominic studying the original manuscript of Thomas Dallam’s journal of his 1599 trip to Istanbul

Dominic had an exciting time last Monday studying the original manuscript of the journal which the organ builder Thomas Dallam kept during his 14 month voyage to the Sultan in Istanbul in 1599-1600, accompanying, repairing and playing a fantastic clockwork-driven barrel organ (with keyboard).  It has been an obsession for many years.  The transcription was started by Christopher Hogwood in the mid-1990s, and has now been completed, with an introduction and illustrations, and is now looking for a publisher.  The picture was taken by the viol player Andreas Linos who is equally obsessed with Thomas Dallam’s voyage.