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 h

Manuscript type: choirbook (fragment(s))

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

DIAMM Source Key: 2819

Folio(s): 1, 2

Date: First decade of the 16th century

Kmetz 1988, 63

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, 63-73

Basis for description: original

Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F VI 26 h, 1, 2

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 2

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 220 x 315

Quire structure: Text version

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking never
Ruled grid never
Ruling pattern variable
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
freehand always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
none always
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 always 1
provided with single incipit all voice parts always 2
Colour(s) of notation brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy poor
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
Line fillers Folios Note
few 1
Types of script cursive
Types of script size position Mix of humanistic and german cursive (Kmetz, 64)
Level of calligraphy poor
Colour(s) of text brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations none
Non underlaid vocal text none


Level of Decoration very poor