PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Naples, Italy, Biblioteca Nazionale, MS VI E 40

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-Nn 40

DIAMM Source Key: 1013

Basis for description: high-quality image

Naples, Italy, Biblioteca Nazionale, MS VI E 40


Probably copied in Burgundy and sent as gift to Beatrice of Aragon (1457-1508), who moved from Aragonese court at Naples to Hungarian court at Buda in 1476, following her marriage to Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary. Manuscript probably brought back to Naples by Beatrice in 1501. Unidentified coat of arms on f. 64v, with motto "Que par Dieu soit"; above this is dedicatory poem for Beatrice of Aragon, Queen of Hungary. (CCM)


17th century?,
brown leather over wood
Decoration: blind tooled and stamped
Endpapers: front and back: 1 endpaper with pastedown