London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Royal 11 E. xi
Provenance: 1) Copied and decorated in the Southern Netherlands (probably at Antwerp) and intended as a gift for Henry VIII (b. 1491, d. 1547), King of England and Ireland, and his wife Catherine of Aragon (b. 1485, d. 1536) (maried between 1509-1533), includes their coats of arms and badges; commissioned by 'PO' (inscription on f. 1r), possibly identifiable with Petrus de Opitiis, Italian merchant of Antwerp, perhaps as a mean of securing a position of the court organist for his son, Benedictus de Opitiis, the composer of one piece of music in the present manuscript, listed from 1516 as 'player at organs' in Henry VIII's houshold book (see Skinner/Bell 2009, p. 13) ; 2) not included in Old Royal library catalogues; presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal library.
18th century, London, Great Britain
white parchment over wood
Decoration: Patterned border and the royal arms of George II tooled and gilt on the front and back of the cover.