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Hours: MS 151

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + ii parchment flyleaves + 155 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves + i paper flyleaf, 110 x 78 mm (68 x 47 mm), 13 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords

BINDING: Eighteenth century, tan calf over pasteboards, marbled paper endleaves, edges stained blue

fols. 1r–75r Hours of the Virgin
fols. 75r–78r Mass of the Virgin
fols. 79r–103r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 103r–107v Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 109r–155v Office of the Dead

DECORATION: Two historiated initials in dark pink, blue and green foliage on gold grounds: fol. 1r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 7 ll.] Virgin and Child, with full foliate border containing animals, birds, putti and a wreath with space left blank for a shield of arms; fol. 40v None, [D, 6 ll.] Nude pushing a rock uphill.

ORNAMENTATION: Foliate initials [5–6 ll.] in dark pink, blue and green on gold grounds, extending into one-sided foliate borders, often inhabited by putti, animals, and birds, with bas-de-page decoration of putti, birds (parrots, geese and peacocks), and animals (stags, hares, dogs, foxes and wildcats), for main text divisions; alternate gold or blue initials [1-2 ll.] with violet or red pen flourishing; alternate red and blue one-line initials; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: D. Gratiano Franzone (inscription, fol. iii recto: Ex dono D. Gratiani Franzone); in the Museo Civico Peloritano, Messina, Sicily, by 1807 (inscription, fol. ii recto: Del pubblico museo Peloritano 1807); the Rev. J. Greville Chester (1830–1892); purchased from him by the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1892 (purchase recorded on fol. i recto).

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1892) by Chester, Greville John, Revd


Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1475 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Penwork Illumination

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  • Text: Ave Maria gracia
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS 151
Primary reference Number: 118710
Project ID: 382
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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