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Ordinary of the Mass: MS 35

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Ordinary of the Mass




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i contemporary parchment flyleaf (12th century palimpsest) + 12 fols. (palimpsest from 15th century Calendar) , 140 x 185 (155 x 135) mm, 19 long lines, ruled in red ink, musical notation on four-line stave ruled in black ink.

BINDING: sixteenth century, parchment leaves ruled in red ink stiffened with paper, drawing of a star within a circle pasted above Christ’s monogram and the year 1544 on upper cover; protected within a modern parchment sheet.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 11r Ordinary of the Mass.

ORNAMENTATION: fol. 12v shield of arms inscribed Sixtus Bregell (or Bregolt), with a double eagle in black and red ink, and the year 1544; two discoloured red pen-work initials [5 ll.] with black penwork infill and decoration outside their red frames for the consecration of bread and wine (fols. 5v, 6r); red penwork initials [1 – 4 ll.] with foliage ornament.


History note: Frater Johannes Schwaijckofer de Bolstat Cenobita, 1544 (ownership inscription, fol. 11r); Sixtus Bregolt, 1544 (his arms and date, fol. 12v); Samuel Sandars (1837 – 1894), acquired in 1884 (ownership inscription inside upper cover); his gift, 1892.

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

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper parchment
Page Height 140 mm Width 185 mm
Text Height 155 mm Width 135 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [glo]rificamus te
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 35
Primary reference Number: 169705
Project ID: 52
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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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