PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Cambridge, Great Britain, University Library, MS Nn.6.46

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: GB-Cu Nn.6.46

DIAMM Source Key: 341

Image repositories: DIAMM

Folio(s): All folios

Date: c. 1500

Location of origin: England, Great Britain


According to Collins 1927 copied for the court of Henry VII (given his portrait on f. 2r).


Person: Anonymous, Anonymous
Person type: scribe

Basis for description: original

Cambridge, Great Britain, University Library, MS Nn.6.46, All folios

Physical description

Material: parchment

Number of leaves: i + 18 + i

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 583 x 443

Quire structure: Text version

Non-musical texts: 2 poems on ff. 1v-2r relating to riddle motet Hoc fecit/Intendas/Ave regina celorum

Other devices: 1. Quire signatures 1-3, pencil bottom right (modern).
2. Modern foliation 1-18, pencil top right, 1-18.
3. Small crosses, modern (?) pencil bottom right on ff. 2r, 7r, 15r, function unclear

Page details (zoom):

Preparation and Copying

All folios


Disposition of Voice Parts Key

Pricking none visible
Ruled grid never,
single line to left and right, thin double line for text (3-4 mm apart, always drawn even where no text entered); often thick line drawn across the entire page as bottom justification, top line of top stave of every voice normally drawn all across the page as well, but not reaching edges.
Ruling pattern variable
stavelines very precisely parallel but with somewhat varying distances between individual stavelines and also very imprecisely justified horizontally
Staves omitted from grid n/a
Incomplete staves never
Medium and colour of grid Frequency Folios Note
light brown ink always
Colour of staves Frequency Folios Note
black always
Ruling medium Frequency Folios Note
straightedge always
Indentation for initials Frequency Folios Note
single always
Extra space between voice parts Frequency Folios Note
empty ruled staves on grid occasionally
variable space, not on grid normally
Space provided for separate text Frequency Folios Note
provided, in dedicated space rarely 1v-2r for riddle poem between voices on f. 1v, above music on f. 2r

Copying of text and music

Language(s) Latin
Order of Copying music first
Presence/absence of text Voice part Frequency Folios Note
fully texted with one text all voice parts normally
provided with single incipit discantus rarely 1v
Colour(s) of notation black red
Type(s) of notation full mensural
Type of notation note full mensural (English), teardrop shape
Monophonic notation present
Level of calligraphy high
Later changes Folios
some corrections in discantus of riddle motet f. 1v
Types of script textura
Level of calligraphy high
Colour(s) of text black red
Multiple texts no
Text repetitions none
Abbreviations none
Non underlaid vocal text none
Liminary text ff. 1v-2r: riddle instructions, heading 'Cantus collateralis' in large display script. Canonic instructions for tenor in mass, occasionally


Level of Decoration fair
Decoration miniature frequency Folios Size position Description Discrepancies
rarely 2r top half of page fully coloured painted image of Henry VII (?) with the Tudor rose facing the composer (Lloyd?)
Decoration initial type Frequency Folios Initial type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
painted initials normally decorated square or slightly squat rectangular initials, gold letters on red and blue ground with white tendrils
Other decoration frequency Folios Other decoration type(s) Size position Description Discrepancies
normally littera notabilior litterae notabiliores at beginning of subsections in all voices, red or blue or gold large monochrome initials
sometimes decorative final long