Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music

About DIAMM Publications

Producing DIAMM Publications

DIAMM Publications was set up to create facsimile publications of the highest quality without the massive price markup of conventional publishers. High-quality colour printing is expensive, and the price only comes down when doing runs of tens of thousands, such as is done for glossy exhibition catalogues. With runs of a few hundred the unit cost is massively higher, but we felt that if we could produce publications without the usual overheads of a publishing house then we could create books that were affordable by individuals and research libraries, whose spending budgets have been seriously diminished in the last few years. The profit margin on our publications is therefore extremely small, and is used only to subsidize future publications. All the income is spent on the actual cost of printing and binding. Nothing is spent on marketing, advertising, office management etc. All these costs are met by private sponsorship.

Upcoming projects
The next outputs from DIAMM publications planned are facsimiles of the Baldwin Partbooks (with reconstructed missing tenor book) and the Sadler partbooks (digitally restored to readability), and a large-format publication of the Striggio mass and motet in 40 parts, edited by Davitt Moroney.

Machaut_image_smFor information about the newly-published Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript please visit the online shop. Please note that reseller discounts are not available on the early-bird discount price. Resellers enquiring about discount sales or libraries requiring a pro forma invoice should contact the finance officer.

Work is under way on the introductory study for the facsimile of the Old Hall Manuscript (British Library Add. 57950), a volume of similar size to the Eton Choirbook, which will probably match Eton in format. The introductory study is being written by Margaret Bent. Since we expect the volume to cost in the region of £250 we will also be offering a pre-publication discount once production is under way.

Other projects in prospect include:

  • The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
  • Aosta C15 (introduction by Peter Wright)
  • The Caius Choirbook