PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Barcelona, Spain, Biblioteca de Catalunya, M. 454

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: E-Bbc 454

DIAMM Source Key: 1530

Image repositories: Biblioteca de Catalunya

Basis for description: original

Barcelona, Spain, Biblioteca de Catalunya, M. 454
(Cancionero musical de Barcelona)


Provenance: 1) Catalonia, Aragón. About 15 Dutch scribes with additions by Spanish scribes. Dates in the manuscript: 1525, 1530, 1532 and 1535. 2) Previously owned by Carreras y Dagas from Gerona. 3) Was bought in 1892 for the Biblioteca de Catalunya.


1500-1534 (date of manuscript), Catalonia
black leather over wood
Decoration: metal ornaments, fine embossed design
none edges
Endpapers: front and back: 3 endpapers with pastedown
Original binding of wooden boards with black leather covers and metal ornaments. Originally two clasps, both now worn off. Envelope with fragments of the manuscript collected during restoration found inside front cover.


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