Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale, nouvelles acquisitions françaises MS 1817

Provenance: 1. Made for Giulio de' Medici (b. 1478, d. 1534), illegitimate son of Guliano de' Medici, cardinal from 1513, pope from 1523 as Clemens VII: Medici arms surmounted by a cardinal hat with the motto 'GLOVIS' associated by Paolo Giovio with Guliano de' Medici, but also used by other members of the family (f. 41r, see Cummings 1991); includes three compositions by Heinrich Isaac associated with Medici patronage: two elegies for Lorenzo il Magnifico and the instrumental work 'Palle, palle' based on the Medici motto and heraldry; 2. Nicholas Yemeniz (d. 1871), silk manufacturer and diplomat from Lyons: his book-plate with the number 658 (front pastedown), listed in the Catalogue la Bibliothèque de M. N. Yemeniz (Paris, 1867); 3. Acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale in 1866.


c. 1514-23, Italy
brown leather over wood
Decoration: tooled geometric patterns and gold-stamped leaf motifs, front and back.
gilt edges
Endpapers: parchment
Probably original binding.


Tenor partbook of a four-volume set; discantus and altus books are now I-CT 95 and 96; bassus is missing.