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Book of Hours


Artists: Masters of the Beady Eyes




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iv 20th century paper flyleaves + ii 18th century paper flyleaves + 181 fols. + iv contemporary parchment flyleaves + iv 20th century paper flyleaves, 101 x 72 (53 x 35) mm, 14 long lines, ruled in dark pink ink, leaves lost before fol.1 and between fols. 4 – 5

BINDING: Early 20th century, black-tooled red leather over pasteboards, by Wilson, Cambridge.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 5r Fifteen Oes (start imperfectly); fols. 5r – 17v Suffrages
fols. 18r – 81v Hours of the Virgin, with memoriae at Lauds; fols. 82r – 110r Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 111r – 149v Office of the Dead; fols. 150r – 172r Commendation of the soul; fols. 173r – 181v Psalms of the Passion.

DECORATION: Fifteen historiated initials in gold on pink and blue white-patterned grounds with partial floral and spraywork borders for Suffrages and Hours of the Virgin: fol. 5r [G, 7 ll.] St John the Baptist; fol. 7r [G, 7 ll.] Martyrdom of St Thomas of Canterbury; fol. 9r [G, 7 ll.] St George; fol. 10v [S, 7 ll.] St Christopher; fol. 12r [G, 7 ll.] St Mary Magdalene; fol. 13v [G, 7 ll.] St Catherine; fol. 15r [G, 7 ll.] St Barbara; fol. 16v [G, 7 ll.] St Margaret; fol. 29v Hours of the Virgin, Lauds, [D, 7 ll.] Visitation; fol. 51r Prime [D, 7 ll.] Adoration of the Child; fol. 57r Terce [D, 7 ll.] Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 60v Sext [D, 7 ll.] Adoration of the Magi; fol. 64r None, [D, 7 ll.] Presentation in the Temple; fol. 67v Vespers, [D, 7 ll.] Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 70v Compline, [C, 7 ll.] Flight into Egypt.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink white-patterned initials [5 – 6 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds, three-sided bar-borders, and full acanthus, foliage and spraywork borders for some major and lesser text divisions; gold initials [2 ll.] on pink and blue white-patterned grounds; alternate blue and gold one-line initials with red or black pen-flourishing; blue and gold abstract linefillers.


History note: Anno domini 1501 sexto die Septembris Thomas Tyrnerre de Taplowe optulit beate marie hunc librum in nomine Henrici Aleyn Amici sui (ownership inscription, fol. vii verso); Charles Herbert, 16 Aug. 1837 (ownership inscription, fol. v recto); purchased for the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1891.

Place(s) associated

  • Ghent ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891) by Herbert, Charles


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

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 101 mm Width 72 mm
Text Height 53 mm Width 35 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: quam magnitudine
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 50
Primary reference Number: 169659
Project ID: 59
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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