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Psalter: MS 238

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Current Location: In storage




Binder: Proctor, Robert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf glued to modern paper + 137 fols. + i parchment flyleaf glued to modern paper, 154 x 128 (125 x 103) mm, 19 long lines, ruled in black ink, written below top line, leaves lost between fols. 133 – 134.

BINDING: 1995, alum-tawed skin over cushioned wooden boards, by Robert Proctor, Fitzwilliam Museum; previous binding preserved: contemporary, alum-tawed skin over cushioned wooden boards, sewn on three supports, traces of four bosses on each cover, remains of one strap on upper cover.

CONTENTS: fol. 1r Easter table (addition); fols. 1v – 133r Psalter, Gallican, with Canticles, Te Deum, and Quicumque vult; fols. 133v – 136v Litany (incomplete) with collects; fol. 137r – 137v Hours of the Virgin (beginning of Matins only).

ORNAMENTATION: Full-page framed initials with foliage infill on gold, green and red grounds for Psalms 1 and 101 (fols. 1v, 85v); identical initials including dragons [9 – 19 ll.] for Psalms 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 109 (fols. 35r, 45r, 46r, 58r, 71v, 83r, 97r), Hours of the Virgin (fol. 137r), and Canticle of Isaiah (fol. 123r); alternate gold and blue initials [4 – 7 ll.] with blue or red pen-flourishing for remaining Psalms, Canticles, and Litany; blue, red and tan one-line verse initials.


History note: Howell Wills (1854 – 1901), his manuscript A.III.94 (label on verso of front flyleaf); purchased for the Museum at his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11-17 July 1894, lot 1461.

Place(s) associated

  • Cambridge (Cambs.)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1894) by Wills, Howell


13th Century, Early#
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1225 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 125 mm Width 103 mm
Page Height 154 mm Width 128 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [ex]arserit in brevi ira
  • Location: Fol. 3r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 238
Primary reference Number: 169751
Project ID: 95
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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