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Hours: MS McClean 73

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Current Location: In storage




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii parchment flyleaves + 170 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves (parts of a fifteenth-century will), 129 x 95 mm (89 x 54 mm), 16 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords, leaves lost between fols. 62–63 and 109–110

BINDING: Eighteenth century, black tooled leather over earlier wooden boards, traces of two fastening devices on fore-edge, edges stained blue, repaired by Robert Proctor at the Fitzwilliam Museum in the 1990s

fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13r–85v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 86r–107r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 107v–109v Antiphon Introibo ad altare dei, followed by Ps. 42, Iudica me Deus, and other prayers recited at the foot of the altar during the Mass of the Cathechumens (later addition)
fols. 110r–156v Office of the Dead
fols. 157r–168r Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 168r–170r Grace before and after meal (later addition)

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink initials [6–8 ll.] with white floral pattern on gold grounds, with floral infill and stylized foliate extensions forming two- or three-sided borders; alternate red and blue penwork initials [1–2 ll.] with violet or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; geometric and foliate penwork linefillers.


History note: Purchased by Frank McClean (1836-1904) in Rome (James 1912, 147); his bequest, 1904.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


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

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Penwork Illumination

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  • Text: gracia plena dominus
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS McClean 73
Primary reference Number: 118780
Project ID: 770
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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