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Gospel Book: MS 7

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Gospel Book




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, medieval parchment flyleaf (foliated 1) + 124 fols. (foliated 2-125), 170 x 119 mm (126 x 84 mm), ruled in plummet, 27 long lines, running headers, quire marks

BINDING: nineteenth century, brown leather over pasteboards

SECUNDO FOLIO: quator seniorum (fol. 4r)

SCRIPT: Early Gothic bookhand

fols. 2v-4r Jerome, Prologue, beginning Plures fuisse (Stegmüller 1950-1980, no. 596)
fols. 4r-5v Epistle of Jerome to Pope Damasus, beginning Beatissimo pape Damaso
fols. 5v-7v Breviarium in evangelio secundum Matheum, beginning Nativitas Christi magi cum muneribus veniunt
fols. 8r-15v Canon Tables
fol. 16r-v Argumentum for Matthew
fols. 16v-48r Matthew
fol. 48r-v Prologue to Mark
fols. 48v-49v Capitula for Mark
fols. 49v-68r Mark
fol. 68r-v Argumentum for Luke
fols. 68v-71r Capitula for Luke
fols. 71r-101v Luke
fols. 101v-102r Argumentum for John
fol. 102r-v Capitula for John
fols. 102v-125v John

Canon Tables in dull-red ink with round arched framework supported by Corinthian columns with capitals and bases, some containing dot or scroll motifs (fols. 8r-15v).

Dull-red initials [6-8 ll.], some with reserved linear ornament in stems, with simple red penwork geometric motifs as infill around edge of initial bowls and beside initial stems, at main text divisions (e.g. fols. 2v, 4r, 16v, 48r); one-line red initials in left margins; capitals highlighted in red on fol. 75r and in green on fols. 105r-111v.


History note: The Cistercian monastery of Cambron ('Liber sancte Marie de Camberone' on fol. iir, a later hand has written 'de Camberone' on the lower margin of at least one leaf in every quire); In possession of Samuel Sandars by 1886, he presented it to the museum in 1892.

Legal notes

Given by Samuel Sanders

Place(s) associated

  • Cambron ⪼ Belgium

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1175 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 126 mm Width 84 mm
Page Height 170 mm Width 119 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: quator seniorum (fol. 4r)
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 7
Primary reference Number: 118771
Project ID: 276
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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