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 1-4

Manuscript type: partbooks (complete set)

RISM siglum: CH-Bu F.X.1-4

DIAMM Source Key: 1550

Folio(s): D: 1-13: A: 1-14; T: 1-33; B: 1-13

Date: c. 1518-1526

Location of origin: Basel, Switzerland ; Freiburg, Germany


Listed in Basilius Amerbach's inventory of 1588.


Person: Ceir, Jacob
Person type: scribe


Kmetz 1988, 230-251

Basis for description: microfilm

Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F X 1-4, D: 1-13: A: 1-14; T: 1-33; B: 1-13

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: D: ii + 13; A: iv + 14; T: ii + 33; B: ii + 13

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 97 x 155

Quire structure: Text version

Index / Table of Contents: T, f. iv: fragment of an alphabetical index by scribe of second part; stops with 'A'.

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

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid none visible
Ruling pattern variable
Staves omitted from grid sometimes
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
none always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
brown always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
single rastrum 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
provided, in dedicated space normally in T partbook only

Copying of text and music

Language(s) German
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
provided with single incipit all voice parts normally
fully texted with one text tenor occasionally T partbook only
Colour(s) of notation brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note teardrop-shaped notation; first piece rhomboid-shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy poor
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
repeat signs regularly
Line fillers Folios Note
Types of script cursive (German)
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations some
Non underlaid vocal text additional
T partbook only, below music and on subseqent pages left blank for the purpose. From no.11 (f. 21v) onwards, this added text is lacking.


Level of Decoration very poor