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: 14-92; A: 15-88; T: 34-116; B: 14-91

Date: c. 1518-1526

Location of origin: Basel, Switzerland ; Freiburg, Germany


Listed in Basilius Amerbach's inventory of 1588.


Person: Wüst, Jann
Person type: scribe
Location of origin: Augsburg, Germany


Kmetz 1988, 230-251

Basis for description: microfilm

Basel, Switzerland, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, MS F X 1-4, D: 14-92; A: 15-88; T: 34-116; B: 14-91

Physical description

Material: paper

Number of leaves: D: 79; A: 74; T: 83; B: 78

Format: oblong

Page dimensions: 97 x 155

Quire structure: Text version

Other devices: 1. Modern pencil foliation top right
2. Original piece numbering, ink in left margin, 3-100 (= 21-118 of ms. in its current state)
3. 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 normally
Ruling pattern fairly regular
Staves omitted from grid sometimes
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
fold always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
light 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 often
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
provided, in dedicated space sometimes T partbook only
not in dedicated space occasionally T partbook only, over ruled staves

Copying of text and music

Language(s) German, Latin
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 all voice parts rarely
Colour(s) of notation light brown
Type(s) of notation void mensural
Type of notation note teardrop-shaped notation
Monophonic notation absent
Level of calligraphy fair
Non verbal performance instructions Folios Note
repeat signs regularly
Line fillers Folios Note
Types of script cursive (humanistic)
Level of calligraphy fair
Colour(s) of text light brown
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations few
Non underlaid vocal text additional
T partbook only, below music and on subsequent pages left blank for the purpose (or sometimes over ruled staves).
Liminary text Vocie designations in T partbook in five-voice section


Level of Decoration very poor