PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Printed Work: Mouton: Missarum 1, Fossombrone, Italy, 1515,

Source type: partbooks (complete set)

RISM siglum: M4015

Folio(s): All

Date: "M D X V .Die XI .Augusti."

Location of origin: Fossombrone, Italy

Publisher: Petrucci, Ottaviano


Person: Petrucci, Ottaviano
Person type: printer

Person: Petrucci, Ottaviano
Person type: publisher

Mouton: Missarum 1, Fossombrone, Italy, 1515, , All

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: 66f.: D 16, T 16, A 18, B 16

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 174 x 235

Quire structure: Text version

Title page / Frontispiece: None.

D: "Missarum Joannis mouton. | Liber primus. | Missa sine nomine. | Alleluya. | Alma redemptoris. | Item alia sine nomine. | Regina mearum." on large rotonda type.
All other partbooks: "Missarum Jo.mouton. Liber primus" on smaller rotonda type with a woodcut T/A/B.


Index / Table of Contents: None.

Colophon: "Impressum Forosempronii per Octauianum | Petrutium ciuem Forosemproniensem. Anno | Domini.M D X V .Die XI .Augusti. Domi- | nante inclito ac excellentissimo Principe Domino | Franciscomaria Feltrio de Ruere: Vrbini Soraeque | Duce: Pisauri &c. Domino: Alme Vrbis Praefecto: | REGISTRVM. | A B C D E F G H. | Omnes quaterni preter F | qui est quinternus."

Non-musical texts: Petrucci's privilege from Leo X, signed by Pietro Bembo.

Other devices: No foliation or page numbering.

Part-name above the staves (top-left on verte, top-right on recto).

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying



Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking n/a
Ruled grid n/a
Ruling pattern highly regular
Staves omitted from grid rarely
Incomplete staves rarely,
D 1v, 14r; A 5r
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single normally The staves never indented; the initials and stave lines overlap.
double rarely T 4v; B 4v Large initial K inserted on the middle staves, causing the need for a double indent on the notation. The staves never indented; the initials and stave lines overlap.
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
no separate text always

Copying of text and music

Order of Copying movable type, double impression
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text all voice parts always
Colour(s) of notation black
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy n/a
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
signa congruentiae
Types of script roman
Types of script size position Large rotonda on the title page of the Discantus, smaller rotonda used in the title page of all other partbooks. Roman type used in all other texts.
Level of calligraphy n/a
Colour(s) of text black
Text repetitions fairly many
Abbreviations few
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text The title of the mass usually at the beginning of each mass, the placement depending on the space available, either on top of where "Kyrie" begins, or even vertically in the inner margin (D 5r). The title of the mass also as a header above and middle of the top margin. Sine nomine masses headed "Io.mouton". Composer's name appears occasionally alongside the mass title, usually at the start of the mass. Exceptions: B 9 headed "Io.mouton" instead of "Alma redemptoris". Verte -designations either vertically on the outer margin or horizontally on the stave space, depending on the space available. Duo -designations in the outer margin or above the staves. A 7v "Osanna supra superiorem (?)" vertically in the outer margin. A 8r "Quinta pars" vertically in the inner margin A 12v "Quinta pars" vertically in the outer margin B 6v "Canon in diapason" vertically in the outer margin


Level of Decoration poor
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
printed initials always woodcut, calligraphic style Three sizes of woodcut initials used at the start of each Mass movement: c.25 mm (two styles of initial K, S, P), c.20 mm and c.15 mm in height. Initials measuring c.20 mm used also on the title pages of partbooks T, A ,B.