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Bod-Inc: G-002

Gafurius, Franchinus

Practica musicae.


Analysis of Content

Γ1r [Title-page.]

Γ2v [Table of contents.]

Γ3v Gafurius, Franchinus: [Letter addressed to] Ludovicus Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan. Incipit: ‘[Q]uantae musicae artis professio, illustrissime princeps, apud priscos . . .’ Explicit: dicatum consecratumque esse volumus Saxius 514-15.

Γ4v Conagus, Lucinus: ‘Carmen.’ Incipit: ‘Et iuuat et vellem meritas tibi reddere laudes | Sed quis pro meritis te, Ludouice, feret?'; 11 elegiac distichs. Saxius 515.

a1r Gafurius, Franchinus: Practica musicae. Incipit: ‘[E]tsi harmonicam scientiam plerique cessante vsu . . .’ Explicit: forte laudibus prosequentur See Clement A. Miller, ‘Gaffurius's Practica musicae: Origin and Contents', Musica Disciplina, 22 (1968), 105-28; Thorndike–Kibre 524; see also F. A. G. Ouseley, ‘On the Early Italian and Spanish Treatises on Counterpoint and Harmony', Proceedings of the Musical Association (3 Mar. 1879), 76-88, at 82.


Imprint: Milan: Guillermus Le Signerre, for Johannes Petrus de Lomatio, 30 Sept. 1496. Folio.


Collation: Γ4 a b8 c6 aa–kk8 ll6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts: see James Haar, ‘The Frontispiece of Gafori's Practica musicae (1496)', Renaissance Quarterly, 27 (1974), 7-22; for the woodcut music itself, see Duggan 64-7.


ISTC: ig00003000

GW: GW 10434;

Goff: Goff G‑3;

BMC: BMC VI 789;

Proctor: Pr 6067;

Others: Duggan 205, no. 12; Oates 2322; Sander 2983; not in Sheppard. Facsimile: Franchino Gafori, Practica musicae (Farnborough, 1967).

LCN: 10350573


Copy number: G-002(1)

Wanting the blank leaf ll6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) Italian quarter calf over yellow pasteboards.

Size: 287 × 212 × 27 mm.

Size of leaf: 278 × 198 mm.

Some annotations, pointing hands, corrections to the text, and scribbles. Manuscript title on lower edge in black ink. The shield in the woodcut borders at the beginning of each book has been decorated with musical and other symbols. On the verso of the back endleaf continuing onto the rear pastedown, nineteenth-century(?) pencil annotations entitled ‘Iucundissimi compositor[ ]' listing early composers.

Provenance: Benedictus Antegnatus (sixteenth/seventeenth century); signature on bb4r. Teodoro Giorgio (fl. 1792); inscription on the recto of the front endleaf: ‘Dell'illustrissimo Signore Teodoro Giorgio anno 1792. R. Allott (fl. 1821); pencil inscription on the front pastedown: ‘R. Allott Milan July 9 1821.' Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, St Michael's College; former shelfmarks: J.1.26; D.1.18. Purchased in 1990, through the Friends of the National Libraries; book-plate.

SHELFMARK: Tenbury d.1.

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