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Book of Hours


Artists: Masters of the Gold Scrolls




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii parchment flyleaves + 146 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 121 x 83 (70 x 44) mm, 15 long lines, ruled in red ink.

BINDING: Eighteenth century, red velvet over wooden boards

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar; fols. 14r – 17r Hours of the Cross; fol. 19r – 19v Mass of the Virgin (ends imperfectly); fols. 21r – 81v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 83r – 90v Office of the Virgin in Advent; fols. 92r – 110v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 112r – 145v Office of the Dead; fol. 146r – v Apostles’ Creed (addition).

DECORATION: Thirteen full-page framed miniatures with full acanthus and floral borders on plain parchment grounds at major text divisions:
fol. 13v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin supported by St John, two soldiers, and skull under Cross; fol. 18v Mass of the Virgin, Coronation of the Virgin, she hands fruit to Christ Child; fol. 20v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 40v Lauds, Visitation; fol. 53v Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 58v Tierce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 63v Sext, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 67v None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 70v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 77v Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 82v Office of the Virgin, Coronation of the Virgin; fol. 91v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement with Virgin and St John interceding; fol. 111v Office of the Dead, Funeral service.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or red white-patterned initials [5 ll.] with foliage infill on gold gold grounds; gold initials [2 ll.] on blue and red white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with blue or red pen-flourishing; blue and red penwork line-fillers with gold balls in Litany; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Unidentified arms painted slightly later over the border of fol. 14r; F. Perkins, Chipstead Place, Kent; purchased by the Museum in 1891.

Place(s) associated

  • Bruges

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891) by Perkins, F


Fifteenth century, second quarter
Circa 1440 CE - Circa 1450 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 121 mm Width 83 mm
Text Height 70 mm Width 44 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: et misericordiam
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 80
Primary reference Number: 169720
Project ID: 64
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Saturday 27 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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