PRoMs - The Production and Reading of Music Sources

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

Manuscript: Eton, Great Britain, Eton College Library, MS 178

Manuscript type: choirbook

RISM siglum: GB-WRec 178

DIAMM Source Key: 202

Image repositories: DIAMM

Basis for description: high-quality image

Eton, Great Britain, Eton College Library, MS 178
(Eton Choirbook)


Copied for use at Eton College; the coats of arms of Eton College and of its Provost, Henry Bost (d. 1502), are found in decorated initials in the manuscript.


third quarter of the 16th century, probably either March 1554 or 1570 ([[Williamson 2010]]), London, Great Britain
dark brown leather over wood , with clasps
Decoration: Stamped on the front cover are the Tudor Rose, portcullis, fleur-de-lis, and "H.R." (the initials of the London-based binder).
no edges
Endpapers: front and back: 4 modern paper endleaves, 2 original endleaves
Attributed to R., H.
Two front and two back original endleaves taken from a 12th-century Bible, in which they formed a complete four-bifolium quire (Ker 1969-2002/<a href="/bibliography/#entry945" data-tooltip="" class="has-tip tip-top reference" data-placement="top" rel="tooltip" data-original-title="" title="Williamson, Magnus, The Eton Choirbook, Facsimile with introductory study (Oxford, 2010)"><i class="fa fa-book"></i>Williamson 2010</a>)


Much of this description is based on the thorough work of Magnus Williamson in his facsimile of the manuscript (Williamson 2010).