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 e

Manuscript type: choirbook (single quire(s))

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

DIAMM Source Key: 2816

Date: First quarter of the 16th century

Location of origin: Basel, Switzerland ; Germany


Based on the paper type, script and repertoire, probably made in or in the region around Basel. 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, 57-59

Basis for description: high-quality image

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

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 12

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 318 x 220

Quire structure: Text version

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid never
Ruling pattern fairly irregular
Staves omitted from grid n/a
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
n/a always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
freehand always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single rarely
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
left between voice parts as part of grid occasionally
left below voice parts as part of grid occasionally
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
partially texted with one text all voice parts occasionally
partially texted with one text all except discantus sometimes
provided with single incipit all except discantus sometimes
fully texted with one text discantus normally
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
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 some
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text Composer and title f. 1r Cantus firmus indication 'Lomme arme' in T on f. 1r Voice designations, regularly Tacet instructions, occasionally


Level of Decoration poor
Decoration miniature frequency Folios Size position Description Discrepancies
rarely 11v whole page Figure of an angel with wings holding a coat of arms (which is not executed); ink drawing with brown wash
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 occasionally littera notabilior
initials planned rarely 1r Four K[yrie] initials planned in indented staves.