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Missal: MS 32

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + ii modern parchment flyleaves + i contemporary parchment flyleaf (foliated v) + 78 fols. + ii modern parchment flyleaves + i paper flyleaf, 196 x 292 (132 x 198) mm, 2 columns, 25 lines, ruled in ink, quire and leaf signatures, catchwords.

BINDING: 19th century, brown leather over pasteboard, gold cross stamped on both covers.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 2r Prefaces; fols. 2v – 7r Canon of the Mass; fols. 8r – 34v Select Masses from the Temporal; fols. 34v – 56r Select Masses from the Sanctoral; fols. 56r – 60v Votive Masses; fols. 61r – 71v Common of the Saints
fols. 72r – 74v Mass of the Dead; fols. 75r – 76r exorcisms of salt and water
fols. 76r – 78r Mass of St Anne; fols. 78r – 78v Mass of the Cross (addition).

DECORATION: Large framed miniature with three-sided acanthus, ivy leaf, and floral border on plain parchment ground within thin gold frames, with angels and cross inscribed in a circle, for Canon of the Mass: fol. 2v Crucifixion.

ORNAMENTATION: Pink or blue white-patterned initials [4 – 5 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds for major text divisions and feasts, those for the First Sunday in Advent (fol. 8r) and for the Holy Trinity (fol. 31v) accompanied by full gold, blue and pink bar borders with interlaced centres and corners, inter-columnar blue or pink bar with white ornament, and full acanthus, ivy leaf, and floral borders on plain parchment including a peacock (fol. 8r) and angels (fol. 31v); gold initials [1 – 3 ll.] on blue and pink white-patterned grounds for lesser and minor text divisions, the one for the Purification of the Virgin (fol. 24r) with one-sided bar border and partial acanthus and floral border; blue and pink white-patterned bar linefillers with gold balls.


History note: Paine, Cornleius (bookplate inside upper cover); purchased for the Museum in 1891.

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1891) by Paine, Cornelius


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1470 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 132 mm Width 198 mm
Page Height 196 mm Width 292 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: De apostolis
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 32
Primary reference Number: 169704
Project ID: 51
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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