Basses danses dites de Marguerite d’Autriche, Ms. 9085–aus dem Besitz der Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Bruxelles. Vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat der Handschrift

[Brussels, Bibl. Royale Albert I, 9085]

facsimile, eommentary & case

Codices Selecti, 87. Graz, 1987. Oblong, 21 x 13 cm, 2 vols, 76, 56 pp. Beautiful 4- and 5-color facsimile in the original format.
This magnificent and unusual manuscript (c.1425) begins with an impressive coat of arms page, followed by a short theoretical  part, and 59 dances (mostly basses danses) from the Dufay-Binchois period; it features black pages with notes and decorations in gold and silver (it is one of just seven manuscripts known to be copied on dyed black parchment). The manuscript, once in the possession of Maria of Burgundy (wife of Maximilian I) was passed to Maria's daughter, Marguerite of Austria, from whom the book gets its title.  Separate historical commentary in Fr-Eng by Claude Thiry, Victor Gavenda and Claudine Lemaire. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies. Luxurious binding in quarter leather and wooden coverboards. Handsome case in vellum paper. $975

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