Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français MS 1597 (olim Colbert 1625)
(Lorraine Chansonnier)

Provenance: 1. René II (b. 1451, d. 1508), Duke of Lorraine, perhaps owned by him or by his son, Antoine I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1489, d, 1544: arms used by both René and Antoine, surmounted by a ducal coronet, quarterly Hungary ancient impaled with Naples, Jerusalem impaled with Aragon, Anjou and Bar (f. 78v); 2. Claude Hardy (b. c. 1604, d. 1678), mathematician, lawyer and bibliophile: purchased at a sale after his death by Etienne Baluze for Jean-Baptiste Colbert (see 'Catalogue des manuscrits achetez a l'inventaire de feu M. Hardy le 14 juillet 1678', BnF, ms. Lat 9363, f. 147r, no 154: 'Livre de vers en musique. Fol'; 3. Jean-Baptiste Colbert (b. 1619, d. 1683), minister of finance under Louis XIV: included in the inventory of manuscripts in his library, BnF, ms. n.a.l. 1187, f. 132, no. 1625 as 'Ancien livre de chanson françoises en musique', but omitted in Bibliotheca Colbertina, seu catalogus librorum..., 3 vols (Paris, 1728); sold to King Louis XV of France; 4. Entered the Royal Library of France (from 1792, Bibliothèque nationale) with the Colbert manuscripts in 1732 (Ancien fonds royal): royal library stamp (model Josserand-Bruno, no. 5, before 1735) and old shelfmarks 'Codex Colb. 1625', 'Regius 7617/ 3' and '7617/3' (f. iir).

Bindings:

1845, Paris, France
green leather over
Decoration: Stamped and gilt
Endpapers: front and back: parchment pastedowns, 1 endpaper in the back
Signed by Duru, Hippolyte
Stamp of the Parisian binder Hippolyte Duru, 'Duru 1845' (front pastedown).

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