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 X 10

Manuscript type: partbook (single)

RISM siglum: CH-Bu F.X.10

DIAMM Source Key: 1552

Image repositories: E-manuscripta

Folio(s): All folios

Date: First decade of the 16th century

Kmetz 1988, 268

Location of origin: Basel, Switzerland


Written by or made for Ambrosius Kettenacker in Basel in the early years of the 16th century. Given by Kettenacker to Bonifatius Amerbach in 1510 (as documented on the back wrapper: 'Ambrosius Ketenacker Dono dedit Bonifacio Amorbachio Basiliensi hos libellulos quatuor Anno M D X'. Possibly later in the possession of Hans Kotter.


Person: Kettenacker, Ambrosius
Person type: scribe
Location of origin: Basel, Switzerland
Note: Kettenacker was the first owner of the book and possibly also its scribe


Kmetz 1988, 268-271

Basis for description: high-quality image

Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F X 10, All folios

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 20

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 111 x 160

Quire structure: Text version

Title page / Frontispiece: 1r: original title 'BAS[V]S', various pen trials

Other devices: 1. Modern pencil foliation top right, 1-20.
2. Modern piece numbering, pencil left margin

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid always,
Vertical frame lines ruled from top to bottom of every page; top line of every stave as frame line across the entire page opening.
Ruling pattern fairly regular
Staves omitted from grid never
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
brown ink always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
straightedge always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
none always
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
left below voice parts as part of grid occasionally
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always
Adhoc adaptation Frequency Folios Note
partial additional staves rarely 9r

Copying of text and music

Language(s) German, Italian
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
provided with single incipit bassus normally
fully texted with one text bassus rarely 4r-v Originally incipit only, full text added later, probably by different hand
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy poor
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
signes-de-renvoi 12v-13r
repeat signs regularly
Line fillers Folios Note
few 3r, 6r, 7r, 9v, 12r extended final longs, vertical lines (f. 12r)
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy poor
Colour(s) of text black
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations very few
Non underlaid vocal text none
Later changes performance indications 7v,


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 normally littera notabilior Larger and slightly embellished initial letters for most songs with rest of text below the stave