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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii parchment flyleaves + 151 fols. + iii parchment flyleaves, 132 x 95 mm (68 x 52 mm), 14 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords

BINDING: nineteenth century, blue velvet over pasteboard with boards ruled in blind, edges gilt and gauffered, silk endbands

fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13r–84r Hours of the Virgin, with variants for liturgical seasons
fols. 85r–107r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 107r–110v Hours of the Holy Spirit
fols. 111r–116r Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 117r–151r Office of the Dead

DECORATION: Half-page miniature in gold frame surrounded by a full floral and acanthus border including a roundel with a bust of Christ blessing in the lower bar: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Adoration of the Child.

Thirteen historiated initials in dark magenta with white stylized foliate motifs, acanthus and spraywork extensions, enclosing half-length figures on gold ground: fol. 24v Hours of the Virgin, Lauds, [D, 5 ll.] St Bernardino of Siena; fol. 37r Prime, [D, 6 ll.] St Paul; fol. 42r Terce, [D, 5 ll.] St Catherine; fol. 46v Sext, [D, 5 ll.] St Philip; fol. 50v None, [D, 5 ll.] St Peter; fol. 55r Vespers, [D, 5 ll.] St Clare holding a monstrance; fol. 62v Compline, [C, 5 ll.] St Ambrose holding a scourge; fol. 85r Penitential Psalms, [D, 6 ll.] David penitent; fol. 96v Litany, [K, 5 ll.] Nimbed youth; fol. 107 Hours of the Holy Spirit, [D, 6 ll.] Dove of the Holy Spirit; fol. 111r Short Hours of the Cross, [D, 6 ll.] Crucifixion; fol. 117r Office of the Dead, Vespers, [D, 6 ll.] St John the Baptist with scroll ECCE AGNUS DEI; fol. 125v Office of the Dead, Matins, [V, 6 ll.] Coffin in graveyard.

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initial [D, 2 ll.] on green, magenta and blue ground with white stylized foliate ornament for Matins of the Hours of the Virgin (fol. 13r); alternate red and blue initials [2 ll.] with violet or red pen flourishing; alternate red and blue one-line initials; catchwords surrounded by penwork decoration; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), acquired in 1809; his bequest, 1816.

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  • Milan ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: eius in confessione
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 147
Primary reference Number: 118706
Project ID: 378
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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