PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Mechelen, Belgium, Archief en Stadsbibliotheek, MS s.s.

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: B-MEa s.s

DIAMM Source Key: 1159

Image repositories: DIAMM, IDEM

Basis for description: original

Mechelen, Belgium, Archief en Stadsbibliotheek, MS s.s.
(Choirbook for Archduke Charles or Margaret of Austria)


1) Commissioned by Maximilian I (his portrait and heraldic arms, f. 17r) for his nephew Archduke Charles (his portrait and heraldic arms, ff. 1v-2r) or his daughter Margaret of Austria (the manuscript must have been among her treasures, as there is no other explanation for its presence in Mechelen). 2) Archief en Stadsbibliotheek, Mechelen.


c. 1515, Mechelen, Belgium
brown leather over wood , with clasps
Decoration: blind-tooled lozenge design, metal corners, bosses and clasps
gilt edges
Endpapers: parchment