PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français MS 1596

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: F-Pn frc. 1596

DIAMM Source Key: 2383

Image repositories: Gallica

Basis for description: original

Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français MS 1596


1. Perhaps a portion of an uncompleted chansonnier originally intended for use at the court of either Louis of Orléans, from 1498 King Louis XII (see Litterick 1976, 66) at Blois, or Charles of Orléans, Count of Angoulême (d. 1496) at Cognac (see Wexler 1979). 2. Margaret of Angoulême (b. 1492, d. 1592), daughter of Charles of Orléans and Louise of Savoy (Duchess of Alençon from 1509 and Queen of Navarre from 1525): given to her before she became Duchess of Alençon in 1509, two inscriptions: 'A Marguerite dorleans appartient cest livre' and, probably in her own hand: 'Ce livre est a marguerte dorleans qui le trouvera sil ne prandrea vous qui mires par orgueil voustre(?) fave', with a title in a contemporary hand: 'musica' and 'Plusieurs chancons prophanes a trois parties' (f. 1v). 2. French Royal Library (from 1792 Bibliothèque Nationale): three old shelfmarks 'mccclviii', '1496' and '7617' (f. 2r) corresponding respectively to Nicolas Rigault's and Jean Baptiste Hautin's supplementary catalogue of c. 1620, Pierre and Jacques Dupuy's 1645 catalogue (second part) and Nicolas Clement's 1682 catalogue (edited in Omont 1909–21, II, 332, III, 75, IV, 47).


1845, Paris, France
red marbled paper over pasteboard
no edges
Endpapers: parchment
Signed by Duru, Hippolyte
Black stamp of the Paris bookbinder Hippolyte Duru, 'H Duru', with a date '1845' added in pencil (front pastedown).