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Book of Hours: MS 83

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Book of Hours




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + 113 fols. + iii modern paper flyleaves, 194 x 132 (128 x 79) mm, 23 long lines, ruled in pink and red ink, one leaf lost between fols. 74 – 75, pricking above the miniatures suggests that they were protected by curtains.

BINDING: 19th century, gold-tooled red leather over pasteboards.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar; fols. 8r – 11v Hours of the Cross; fols. 13r – 16v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 18r – 20v Mass of the Virgin; fols. 21r – 23v Gospel Sequences; fols. 24r – 25v O intemerata; fols. 29r – 66r Hours of the Virgin; fols. 67r – 67v Salutation to the Virgin; fols. 69r – 73v Office of the Virgin in Advent; fols. 75r – 77v Suffrages (begin imperfectly); fols. 79r – 89r Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 91r –112v Office of the Dead.

DECORATION: Fourteen full-page framed miniatures with full acanthus and floral borders (inner borders without leaves or flowers) at major text divisions:
fol. 7v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin, St John, soldier and Jews; fol. 12v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 17v Mass of the Virgin, Virgin and Child between two angels; fol. 28v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 39v Lauds, Visitation; fol. 46v Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 49v Terce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 52v Sext, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 55v None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 58v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 63v Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 68v Office of the Virgin in Advent, Coronation of the Virgin; fol. 78v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement with Virgin and St John interceding; fol. 90v Office of the Dead, Funeral service.

ORNAMENTATION: Pink or blue white-patterned initials [5 – 6 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds and full borders matching and facing those of the miniatures at the main text divisions; gold initials [2 – 4 ll.] on blue or pink white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black or red pen-flourishing; blue and pink geometric linefillers with gold balls in Litany; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Hubertus Petit Billionensis (ownership inscriptions, fols. 45v, 66v); Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1812; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Ghent ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 128 mm Width 79 mm
Page Height 194 mm Width 132 mm

Techniques used in production

Illumination : .

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ecclesie tue
  • Location: Fol. 9r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 83
Primary reference Number: 169723
Project ID: 66
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 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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