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 Egerton 3051

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: GB-Lbl Eg. 3051

DIAMM Source Key: 1904

Basis for description: original

London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Egerton 3051


1. The Benedictine abbey of Vallumbrosan order of Santa Trinità, Florence, 16th century?, inscribed: 'Est Monasterii sanctissime Trinitatis De Florentia anno D. MDLXXXXXXX' (sic); 2. inscribed, 16th century: 'Alberto Duro [?Albrecht Dürer] Intagliatore [engraver]' (f. 2r) (see Staehelin 1972, 64 for discussion of last inscription); 3. inscribed, 16th or 17th century: 'Di fr. salustio' (f. 1r); 4. Fausto Bandinelli, inscribed, 17th century?: 'Al mio confratello m[esser] fausto bandinelli' (f. 2r); 5. Nicola Benvenuti (b. 1783, d. 1867), composer and musician at the courts of Ferdinand III and Leopold II, inscribed: 'Di Niccola Benvenut ... ' (f. 2r); 6. Adrien Lenoir de La Fage (b. 1801, d. 1862), French composer and scholar: his sale, L. Potier, Paris, 15 December 1862, lot 1789 (see Catalogue de la bibliothèque musicale de feu J. Adrien de La Fage (Paris, 1862), 154); by the time of La Fage's ownership, some gatherings of original manuscript were already lost, and remaining folios had been separated into two sections, which were sold to different buyers at La Fage's sale; another section is now Washington, Library of Congress, MS. M2.1.M6 Case; 7. Boies Penrose II (b. 1902, d. 1976) of Philadelphia, grandson of Joseph W. Drexel, music collector: his armorial bookplate (f. i, pasted on the inside of the front cover); 8. Acquired from Penrose by the British Museum in 1931, through Quaritch, using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).


mid-19th century, Paris, France
red leather over pasteboard
gilt edges
Endpapers: leather
Signed by Ottmann-Duplanil
Binder's stamp of the Parisian firm Ottmann-Duplanil.