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 Chigi C VIII 234

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: CV-Vbav Chigi C.VIII.234

DIAMM Source Key: 943

Image repositories: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Basis for description: original

Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Chigi C VIII 234
(Chigi Codex)


Belongs to Netherlands court complex Kellman 1999. Originally prepared for the courtier Philippe Bouton (1418-1515). Manuscript subsequently taken to Spain, probably by the latter's son, Claude, or by a Spanish nobleman; later additions copied in Spain. Apparently owned in Spain by Folch de Cardona and Fernandez de Cordova families (based on the presence of their coats of arms). Later owned by Fabio Chigi (1599-1667), elected Pope Alexander VII in 1655. Chigi family collection purchased by Italian government in 1918; ceded to BAV in 1923.


17th century?,
red velvet over wood
Decoration: brass corners
gilt edges
Endpapers: front: 2 (original), plus table of contents now as pastedown; rear: 2, the second with pastedown
Today in velvet slipcover and in a large wooden box