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 5465

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: GB-Lbl Add. 5465

DIAMM Source Key: 1237

Image repositories: DIAMM

Basis for description: original

London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Additional 5465
(Fayrfax Manuscript)


Probably copied in London or Windsor; repertory apparently intended for use at court of King Henry VII (MB). Coat of arms and inscriptions on f. 1 suggest manuscript may be connected with Robert Fayrfax, but the composer's precise role in its preparation has not yet been determined. In 1618, manuscript was in the possession of Charles Fairfax (relationship to Robert Fayrfax unknown). Owned in 18th century by Ralph Thoresby, of Leeds; later owned by John White, of Newgate Street, London, Purchased by British Museum at a J. Jackson sale in 1794.


London, Great Britain
red leather over wood
Decoration: gold tooling and stamping
Endpapers: paper