PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Additional 31922

Manuscript type: chansonnier

RISM siglum: GB-Lbl Add. 31922

DIAMM Source Key: 1238

Image repositories: DIAMM

Basis for description: original

London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Additional 31922
(Henry VIII Manuscript)


C. 1510-20 (MB). Probably copied in London, as an anthology of repertory of court of King Henry VIII. Stevens 1952 suggests book was presentation or "library" copy for a noble amateur associated with court, perhaps Sir Henry Guildford (1489-1532) of Benenden, Kent, Controller of the Royal Household; several names scribbled on back flyleaves refer to Benenden. Later owners include Thomas Fuller, M.D. (1654-1734), of Sevenoaks, Kent (bookplate); Stephen Fuller of London (inscription, dated 1762); Archibald, 11th Earl of Eglinton (1726-96); and Sir Charles Montolieu Lamb (d. 1860), of Beauport Park, East Sussex. Purchased by British Museum from Lamb family through firm of Quaritch in 1882.


maroon leather and cloth over wood
no edges
Endpapers: endpapers alternate between paper and parchment
Original covers still kept by the British Library.