Brussels, Belgium, Bibliothèque Royal Albert 1er/Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I, MS 9126
(Choirbook for Philip the Fair and Joanna of Castile)

Provenance: 1) Philip the Fair and Joanna of Castile (heraldic arms and their mottos Qui vouldra and Moy tout seul) (ff. 1v-2r). Two pieces personalised for Philip: Josquin’s Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie which reads instead Philippus rex Castillie (f. 72v) and Agricola’s motet Sancte Philippe Apostole (f. 170v), which survives in two other independent sources as Ergo sancti martyres (Fitch 2000, 6 and 12). 2) Hereditary library of the dukes of Burgundy, later called Bibliothèque de Bourgogne. 3) Confiscated by the French in 1794 but restored in 1815 (stamps of the Bibliothèque nationale de France on f. 1 and f. 180v). 4) In 1838, Bibliothèque de Bourgogne united with the newly organised Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique / Koningklijke Bibliotheek founded in 1837.


19th century, Belgium
brown leather over pasteboard
Decoration: gold-tooled borders including arms of Belgium on spine
gilt edges
Endpapers: marbled (blue)

Fragment of 18th-century binding with the title 'Cantus Missae' pasted to first flyleaf.