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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermark cf. Briquet no. 12732), i paper flyleaf + 113 fols. + x paper flyleaves, 278 x 210 (205 – 214 x 136) mm, 24 – 30 long lines, ruled in ink or crayon, quire and leaf signatures.

BINDING: 17th century, limp parchment, remains of two ties, pink and cream endbands.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 113r Martyrology.

ORNAMENTATION: Red initials [2 ll.] with faces, fish, and geometric motifs (IHS monogram, fol. 1r), sometimes with internally-voided decoration, and with minor flourishing and yellow or blue highlighting for most feasts (fols. 1r – 41v); red or blue penwork initials [1 – 2 ll.] with occasional minor flourishing of descenders for feasts (fols. 42r – 113r) and lesser text divisions throughout; red penwork paragraph signs; red penwork linefillers, occasionally highlighted with yellow; minor cadels, often with faces, abstract designs and yellow highlights (mainly fols. 1r – 41v).


History note: Jules Chifflet (c.1610 – 1676), Chancellor of the Order of the Golden Fleece, who purchased it in Brussels in 1639 (ownership inscription, fol. 113v); Thomas Kerrich, acquired in 1827; his bequest, 1828.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1828) by Kerrich, Thomas


Fifteenth century, last quarter
Circa 1475 CE - Circa 1499 CE

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper Text Height 205-214 mm Width 136 mm
Page Height 278 mm Width 210 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [re]condidit propter
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 40
Primary reference Number: 169708
Project ID: 55
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 17 January 2022

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

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