PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Cappella Giulia XIII 27

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: I-Rvat CG XIII.27

DIAMM Source Key: 944

Image repositories: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Basis for description: original

Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Cappella Giulia XIII 27
(Codex Medici; Medici Chansonnier)


Copied by a single scribe, with corrections and emendations by two other hands. All pieces have text incipits only, frequently garbled or corrupt. Copied in Florence. Compiled for Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1479-1516), youngest son of Lorenzo de' Medici (AtlCG). Giuliano probably took or sent manuscript to Rome c. 1513; after Giuliano's death, manuscript may have passed to his brother, Pope Leo X. Later in library of Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni (1657-1743), director of Cappella Giulia from 1719; placed in Archivio della Cappella Giulia following Pitoni's death. Transferred to present library in 1942. (DIAMM)


1981, Vatican
brown leather over wood , with clasps
Decoration: tooled and stamped in gold, on both side centre medallion with embossed image of Julius Caesar and inscription DIVI IVLI. Traces of bosses, all lost
gilt edges
Endpapers: front: 1 modern (with pastedown), 1 original, with index); rear: 6 original, 1 modern (with pastedown)
rear pastedown: BIBL. APOST. VAT. | LABORATORIO RESTAURO Registro n. 8 | Data: 14 MAR. 1981. Using original covers and boards