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Book of Hours


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii parchment flyleaves + 132 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves, 183 x 132 (115 x 79) mm, 17 long lines, ruled in red ink, one leaf lost after fol. 129.

BINDING: seventeenth century, brown leather with interlaced patterns in white, black, blue and green over pasteboards, sewn on 5 supports, edges gilt; spine and corners repaired by S. Cockerell in 1980.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar; fols. 14r – 19v Hours of the Cross; fols. 21r – 24v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 26r – 34v Mass of the Virgin; fols. 36r – 39r Obsecro te; fols. 39r – 40v O intemerata; fols. 42r – 90v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 92r – 106v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 108r – 129v Office of the Dead (ends imperfectly).

DECORATION: Fourteen full-page framed miniatures with full floral and acanthus borders on plain parchment grounds including animals, birds, grotesques, and human figures at major text divisions: fol. 13v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin supported by St John, Longinus piercing Christ’s side, and soldiers; fol. 20v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 25v Mass of the Virgin, Virgin and Child seated, with angels; fol. 35v Obsecro te, Virgin and Child standing, with angels; fol. 41v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 51v Lauds, Visitation; fol. 61v Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 66v Terce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 71v Sext, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 75v None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 79v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 86v Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 91v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement; fol. 107v Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or dark pink white-patterned initials [5 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds, three-sided bar borders, and full acanthus, floral, and spraywork borders not matching those on the facing miniature pages at major text divisions; gold initials [2 – 4 ll.] on dark pink or blue white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black or red pen-flourishing; gold and bluegeometric linefillers in Litany; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1811; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Brabant ⪼ Southern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth century, second half
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Text Height 115 mm Width 79 mm
Page Height 183 mm Width 132 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: secula seculorum
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 82
Primary reference Number: 169722
Project ID: 65
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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