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, MS Rés. Vmc. 57

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: F-Pn Rés Vmc. 57

DIAMM Source Key: 2374

Image repositories: Gallica

Basis for description: high-quality image

Paris, France, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Rés. Vmc. 57
(Chansonnier Nivelle de la Chaussée)


1. The devise 'Tous par amor', possibly of the original owner, included in the tenor initial (f. 62r); 2. Inscribed 'Hic liber discantus mea interest Jo. Gueri... [edge of the folio trimmed]' and, in another hand, 'de palacio bit(uricensis) ', c. 1500 (f. 1r), possibly referring to the manuscript's presence at the royal palace of Bourges, lat. Bituricum (see Higgins 1984, ix-x); 3. Several inscriptions including names, c. 1500 or early 16th century: 'François Bernard . . .' (visible in ultra-violet light), 'Francoys', 'Aqua', and 'Brossemonoye' (f. 1r), and 'Francoys Petit', 'Aqua Brossemonoye', 'Gillet Boenon', 'Jaques Bernar', 'Symon Lelun', 'Francoys Rossynol' and 'Michau Ribie' (f. 80v); 4. Pierre-Claude Nivelle de la Chaussée (b. 1692, d. 1754): inscription 'nivelle Delachaussée' (f. 1v) perhaps referring to him or to another member of his family. 5. consigned by Maggs Brothers Ltd, Paris office, to Sotheby's (see Higgins 1984, i); Sotheby’s sale, London, March 7, 1939, lot 358a; sold to to Geneviève Thibault; 6. Geneviève Thibault, comtesse Hubert de Chambure (b. 1902, d. 1975), French musicologist: passed from her estate to the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1979.


2nd half of the 19th century, France
black leather over
Decoration: Stamped border with a fleur-de-lys in each corner.
Endpapers: front and back: 2 endpapers with pastedowns