PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480—1530

Manuscript: Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F VI 26 a

Manuscript type: choirbook (single quire(s))

RISM siglum: CH-Bu F.VI.26a

DIAMM Source Key: 1544

Folio(s): All folios

Date: 1500-1510


Unknown origins and provenance; a earlier proposed origin in Fribourg has been disproven by Kmetz Kmetz 1988, 46. The manuscript was possibly later in the possession of the Remigius Faesch Museum whose holdings were taken over by Basel University Library in 1823.


Kmetz 1988, 46-49

Basis for description: high-quality image

Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F VI 26 a, All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 10

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 320 x 220

Quire structure: Text version

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All foiios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking always
Ruled grid always
Ruling pattern fairly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
fold always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single always Staves 1 and 7 always indented by c. 3 cm; often further indentations of text and music over ruled staves to indicate the beginning of subsections within voices.
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
left between voice parts as part of grid often
left below voice parts as part of grid often
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Latin
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text all voice parts normally 1r-8r
untexted all voice parts occasionally 8v-9r, 10v
provided with one or two incipits all voice parts rarely 9v
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note teardrop-shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy poor
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
Line fillers Folios Note
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy poor
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations many
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Work title 'lallahe' (f. 5v) Voice-designation initials (ff. 5v-6r, 7v-8r)


Level of Decoration poor
Decoration miniature frequency Folios Size position Description Discrepancies
Decoration border frequency Border type Folios Size Position Description Discrepancies
never None None
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
penned initials sometimes 1r, 5v-6r, 7v-8r calligraphic basic cadels, some with limited amount on penflourishing
initials planned occasionally 1v-3r
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
sometimes littera notabilior Where initials are not executed, the first letters of voice-parts or sections are sometimes larger and slightly ornate capitals.