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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 153 fols. (foliated i – lxxii, lxxv – lxxxii, lxxxii (sic) – cliii in contemporary red ink) + i paper flyleaf, 484 – 490 x 342 – 350 (414 x 242) mm, 10 long lines of text with 10 four-line staves of music, ruled in plummet and crayon.

BINDING: Late 16th or early 17th century, brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on 6 supports, blind-tooled open panel design, brass cornerpieces and metal shoes at bottom of upper and lower covers, 5 brass bosses on each cover, two straps with brass clasps on lower cover, two catchplates on upper cover, parchment tabs for main and some lesser text divisions; modern endbands, spine and strap repairs by the Cockerell Bindery, 1982.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 153v Temporal (Advent to Easter Eve).

DECORATION: Five historiated initials [4 – 6 ll.] formed of interwoven branches and stylized acanthus, and accompanied by partial strewn-flower borders, frequently compartmentalized, for major feasts: fol. 1v First Sunday in Advent, [A, 6 ll.] Daniel in the lions' den; fol. 31r Christmas Day, [I, 4 ll.] Adoration of the Child, Annunciation to the Shepherds in border; fol. 61r First Sunday after Octave of Epiphany, [D, 4 ll.] David penitent; fol. 84r Septuagesima, [I, 4 ll.] Creation of birds and animals; fol. 96r First Sunday in Lent, [E, 4 ll.] Temptation of Christ.

ORNAMENTATION: Initials [2 ll.] in blue with red pen-flourishing, red with violet pen-flourishing or brown with brown pen-flourishing, occasionally with first word of text or devotional symbol on scrolls within letter for lesser text divisions; alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials.


History note: Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1814; his bequest, 1816

Place(s) associated

  • Brabant ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


16th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1510

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 414 mm Width 242 mm
Page Height 484 mm Width 342 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ex Iacob
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 41
Primary reference Number: 169709
Project ID: 56
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 November 2023 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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