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Current Location: In storage


Artist: Renner, Narziss
Scribe: Wagner, Leonhard




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i contemporary parchment flyleaf + 83 fols., 152 x 112 (92 x 58) mm, 16 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords.

BINDING: 18th century, faded pink velvet over pasteboard, two silver-gilt clasps on lower cover, two silver-gilt catchplates on upper cover, all four with cherub’s head, edges gilt.

CONTENTS: fols. 2r – 3v Prayer to St Francis; fols. 4r – 10r Prayers to persons of the Trinity; fols. 10r – 18r Devotions on Christ’s Passion and Mary’s Compassion; fols. 18v – 19r Petition for Indulgence; fols. 19v – 25v Prayers during Mass; fols. 26r – 27v Gospel Sequence of St John; fols. 27v – 32v Sunday prayer; fols. 32v – 35v Prayers to the Virgin; fols. 36r – 38r Prayer to St Anne; fols. 38v – 41r Prayer to St Elizabeth; fols. 42r – 43v Prayer to the Guardian Angel; fols. 43v – 45r Prayer to ‘Eigenapostel’; fols. 45v – 47v Prayer to St Christopher; fols. 48r – 49v Prayer to St Barbara; fols. 50r – 52r Prayer to the Magi; fols. 53r – 55r Prayers to St Erasmus; fols. 55r – 56v Prayer to St Dorothy; fols. 57r – 59v Prayers to All Saints; fols. 60r – 62v Prayer for the Faithful Departed; fols. 62v – 78r Sermon by Geiler von Kaysersberg (excerpt)
fol. 79r – 81r Prayer to Christ and the Virgin and devotions on Christ’s Passion.

DECORATION: Five full-page framed miniatures (fols. 1v, 41v, 45v, 52v, 78v), ten large framed miniatures (fols. 19v, 34r, 36r, 38v, 43v, 48r, 50r, 55r, 56v, 59v), and one small framed miniature (fol. 26r), with full strewn-flower borders including animals, birds, insects or putti on brushed gold grounds: fol. 1v St Francis receiving stigmata; fol. 19v Patron with open book and rosary kneeling behind priest who celebrates Mass at altar with Crucifixion triptych, acolyte at his side, with a view of a street probably in Augsburg; fol. 26r St John the Evangelist with cup and serpent; fol. 34r Virgin and Child clothed in Sun, standing on Crescent Moon, and crowned by two angels; fol. 36r St Anne with Virgin and Child, flanked by two angels, dove of the Holy Spirit above; fol. 38v St Elizabeth giving alms; fol. 41v Guardian Angel approaching patron who kneels in stall with open book showing this manuscript opening; fol. 43v Christ with Twelve Apostles; fol. 45v St Christopher carrying Christ Child; fol. 48r Martyrdom of St Barbara; fol. 50r Adoration of the Magi; fol. 52v Martyrdom of St Erasmus; fol. 55r Martyrdom of St Dorothy, with Christ Child carrying basket of flowers and Theophilus in distance; fol. 56v Holy Trinity with Saints; fol. 59v Angels rescuing souls from Purgatory; fol. 78v Nativity.

ORNAMENTATION: Acanthus initials [1 – 7 ll.] highlighted in gold (that on fol. 2r enclosing liquid gold and silver drawing of St Francis receiving stigmata), on blue, green, pink or purple grounds, with full or partial architectural (fol. 54v) or strewn-flower borders on brushed gold grounds including animals, birds, insects and a scene with man chasing birds away from vineyard (fol. 20r).


History note: Copied in 1514 for female patron (dated in colophon on fol. 81r, feminine endings in prayers); female owner with initials ‘R.R.’ (added prayers with female endings on fols. 23r, 45r); illuminated c.1520 for patron depicted on fols. 19v, 41v; label with no. ‘1900’ inside upper cover; Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831 – 1912); his bequest, 1912.

Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th century
Production date: AD 1514

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 152 mm Width 112 mm
Text Height 92 mm Width 58 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: und hailigkeit
  • Location: Fol. 3r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Marlay 9
Primary reference Number: 170647
Project ID: 122
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Saturday 22 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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