Two Spanish Songbooks: The Cancionero Capitular de la Colombina (SV2) and the Cancionero de Egerton (LB3)

Two Spanish Songbooks: The Cancionero Capitular de la Colombina (SV2) and the Cancionero de Egerton (LB3)

Two Spanish Songbooks: The Cancionero Capitular de la Colombina (SV2) and the Cancionero de Egerton (LB3)

Two Spanish Songbooks: The Cancionero Capitular de la Colombina (SV2) and the Cancionero de Egerton (LB3)

Synopsis

This is an edition, with notes and introduction, of two medieval Spanish songbooks. Both contain poetry by Montoro not found in other cancioneros and in the same order, and there are indications that both cancioneros were using the same exemplar or booklet containing the Montoro poetry. The introduction considers the norms used in the transcription of the cancioneros and a bibliography of useful literature is included.

Excerpt

Manuscript 83–6–10 of the Biblioteca Colombina (in fact a manuscript of the Cabildo Library) measures 290 x 210 mm. It is a folio volume, bound in new vellum with the original title ‘Poetas Varios Antiguos, M.S.’. the dimensions of the cover are 300 x 225 mm. the volume was restored and bound with new end papers in Madrid in 1985. Unfortunately the original bindings were not preserved. the volume contains two distinct manuscripts with separate foliation. the first is in a different hand on vellum and paper: Aqui comienza el libro del santo agostin que diga de vida christiana, on 30 folios and three quires of 10. the watermarks are a hand with a fourpointed flower (no exact Briquet equivalent) and a cart (no Briquet equivalent). the condition is poor. the second work is the cancionero edited here. the quires are of disparate lengths and there are four watermarks:

1. a crown on a stand, (no Briquet equivalent).

2. a hand with a long index finger (glove end slightly longer), and a fivepointed flower, (no exact Briquet equivalent, but cf. no. 11155 [1477]).

3. a hand with a short index finger and five-pointed flower, (no exact Briquet equivalent, but cf. no. 11162 [1487]).

4. a two wheel cart, (no Briquet equivalent, but virtually identical to the St. Augustine cart mentioned above).

1 Dutton ms signatures and text id numbers have been adopted throughout; see Brian Dutton, Catálogo-índice de la poesía cancioneril del siglo xv (Madison: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 1982) and ibid., El cancionero del siglo xv, c.1360– 1520, vii (Salamanca: Biblioteca Española del Siglo xv, 1990).

2 C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes, ed. Allan Stevenson, 4 vols. (Paris, 1907, Leipzig, 1923, revised 1952 and 1968). (The Briquet Album, Hilversum: Paper Publications Society; the New Briquet, Amsterdam).

3 SV2 has been selectively edited by Brian Dutton in El cancionero del siglo xv, ii, 301– 14.

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