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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + 225 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 140 x 93 mm (83 x 42 mm), 13 long lines, ruled in pale brown ink, quire and leaf signatures, catchwords

BINDING: nineteenth century, brown blind-tooled leather over pasteboards

fols. 1r-15v Calendar
fols. 16r-102v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 103r-106v Mass of the Virgin
fols. 107r-141r Penitential Psalms, Litany and Quicumque vult
fols. 141r-204r Office of the Dead
fols. 204v-209r Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 209v-213v Hours of the Holy Spirit
fols. 213v-219r Salutatio Angelica, Gaude virgo
fols. 219v-221v Prayer of St Gregory
fols. 221v-225v Prayer to the Virgin, Te matrem dei laudamus
fol. 225v Contemporary list of contents

DECORATION: Nine historiated initials in graded pink, red or grey on gold grounds with red foliate ornament occasionally bounded by geometric patterns: fol. 16r Hours of the Virgin, [O, 4 ll.] Bust of the Virgin, with two panels containing floral, classicizing and geometric motifs on gold grounds, and creating a title-page effect by enclosing the text OFFICIVM BEATAE MARIAE VIRGINIS; fol. 17r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 8 ll.] Bust of Christ blessing and holding an orb; fol. 58r Sext, [D, 5 ll.] Bust of the Virgin, Oranta type; fol. 66r Vespers, [D, 5 ll.] Bust of God the Father blessing and holding orb; fol. 76r Compline, [C, 5 ll.] Angel adoring and borne by clouds; fol. 107r Penitential Psalms, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of the Virgin praying; fol. 141r Office of the Dead, [D, 6 ll.] Winged hour-glass on a skull with crossed bones; fol. 204v Short Hours of the Cross, [D, 5 ll.] Cross with Christ’s loin-cloth or shroud draped over its arms and scroll inscribed INRI; fol. 209v Hours of the Holy Spirit, [D, 4 ll.] Dove of the Holy Spirit.

ORNAMENTATION: Red, grey or blue initials [2 ll.] on gold grounds with red foliate ornament; red one-line initials.


History note: Samuel Sandars (1837-1894), bookplate inside upper cover; his gift, 1892.

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Method of acquisition: Given (1892) by Sandars, Samuel


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1510 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: laus tibi
  • Location: Fol. 18r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 155
Primary reference Number: 118740
Project ID: 386
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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