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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 134 fols. + i parchment flyleaf + i paper flyleaf, 119 x 85 mm (72 x 48 mm), 19 long lines, ruled in ink and plummet, quire and leaf signatures, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, black morocco over pasteboards, edges gilt and gauffered, traces of two clasps on upper and lower covers.

fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13r–66r Hours of the Virgin
fols. 67r–82r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 83r–86v Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 85v–89v Hours of the Holy Spirit
fols. 90r–121r Office of the Dead
fols. 121v–134r Hours of the Passion

DECORATION: Eleven half-page framed miniatures, all except the first one with short extensions of spraywork and gold balls: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation, with a three-sided border of flowers, spraywork and gold balls, including a shield of arms, party per pale, (dexter) vairé of gules and argent, (sinister) gules a castle or on two wheels); fol. 34v Hours of the Virgin, Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 38r Terce, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 41v Sext, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 48r Vespers, the Virgin teaching Christ to read from a scroll inscribed with the alphabet; fol. 53v Compline, Christ among the Doctors; fol. 67r Penitential Psalms, David playing a viol; fol. 83r Short Hours of the Cross, St Helen and the Invention of the Cross; fol. 86v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 90r Office of the Dead, Priest asperging a coffin in cemetery; fol. 121v Hours of the Passion, Christ untied after Flagellation.

Six historiated initials in pink with white foliate and geometric motifs on gold grounds, and extensions of acanthus, spraywork and gold balls: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 7 ll.] Virgin lactans; fol. 35r Prime, [D, 6 ll.] St Jerome; fol. 38v Terce, [D, 6 ll.] St Mary Magdalene; fol. 48r Vespers, [D, 6 ll.] David reading; fol. 67r Penitential Psalms, [D, 7 ll.] David praying in water; fol. 90r Office of the Dead, [D, 6 ll.] Skull.

ORNAMENTATION: Pink initials [3–6 ll.] with white foliate and geometric motifs on gold grounds and and extensions of acanthus, spraywork and gold balls; alternate blue and red initials [2–4 ll.] with violet or mauve pen flourishing; alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials.


History note: Purchased for the Museum in 1891 ‘from the library of a Yorkshire gentleman’ (James 1895a, 338; sale catalogue cutting pasted inside lower cover).

Place(s) associated

  • Cremona ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1475 CE


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [ple]na dominus tecum
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 148
Primary reference Number: 118707
Project ID: 379
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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