Brussels, Belgium, Bibliothèque Royal Albert 1er/Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I, MS 228
(Chansonnier of Margaret of Austria)
Provenance: 1) Prepared for Margaret of Austria (1480–1530), regent of the Netherlands under the archduke Charles (later Emperor Charles V) from 1507 until her death in 1530 (her portrait and heraldic arms, f. 2r; many pages also include daisies – in French ‘marguerites’ – which allude to her name). 2) Mary of Hungary (1505-1558), a sister of Charles V and Margaret’s successor as regent of the Netherlands (cutting of her ex-libris with her coat-of-arms inside cover). 3) Library moved from Mechelen to Brussels after Marie’s death in 1559, joining the hereditary library of the dukes of Burgundy, later called the Bibliothèque de Bourgogne (shelfmark 679 inscribed inside on cutting inside upper cover; relates to the inventory of 1614-1617 by the court librarian Aubert Le Mire, called Miraeus). 4) Confiscated by the French in 1794 but restored in 1815. 5) In 1838, the restored Bibliothèque de Bourgogne was united with the newly organised Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique (1837).
1871, Brussels, Belgium
brown leather over pasteboard, with clasps
Decoration: blind and gold-tooled
Signed by Claessens , L.