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Current Location: In storage




Binder: Zaehnsdorf




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern paper flyleaves + 154 fols. + iii modern paper flyleaves, 319 x 223 (239 – 251 x 165 – 174) mm, 37 – 38 long lines, ruled in hard point, written above top line (except fols. 1 – 6 and 153 – 154, 61 – 63 long lines, ruled in ink, written below top line), running headers, quire marks, leaf lost between fols. 26 – 27.

BINDING: c.1900, brown leather over pasteboard, by Zaehnsdorf

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v St Jerome, Prologue, Desiderii mei and Gn i – xxiv:32 (fourteenth-century replacement of original text); fols. 7r – 152v Bible, Gen xxiv:32 – Iudic xxi:8; fols. 153r – 154r End of Iudic and Ruth (fourteenth-century replacement of original text).

DECORATION: Contemporary drawing of dog in black ink in upper margin of fol. 67r; later crayon sketches in lower margins of fols. 58r (king enthroned holding scepter, labelled Hic levi) and 76v (two horses).

ORNAMENTATION: Capitals in black ink [3 – 4 ll.]; one-line verse initials coloured in blue and yellow washes; red penwork initials [2 – 6 ll.] and capitals highlighted in red in fourteenth-century additions (fols. 1 – 6, 153).


History note: Premonstratensian abbey of St Peter at Augia minor, Weissenau, diocese of Konstanz (fourteenth-century inscription: Iste liber est sancti Petri in Augia Minori, fol. 154v); seventeenth-century ex-libris: Minoraugiensis Bibliothecae (fol. 1r); Bonaventura Brem, last abbot of Weissenau (d.1818), armorial bookplate containing mitre and initials B.A.Z.W. (Bonaventura Abt zu Weissenau) inside upper cover (cf. Berlin, SBPK, MS Lat. Qu. 761-765; Fingernagel 1991, I, 99); Thomas Bateman (1821 – 1861) Middleton Hall, by Youlgrave, Derbyshire (armorial bookplate inside upper cover); to his son, William Bateman; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 25 – 31 May 1893, lot 264; purchased by Frank McClean (1837 – 1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


9th Century, Late#
Circa 890 CE - Circa 899 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 239–251 mm Width 165–174 mm
Page Height 319 mm Width 223 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: fratris tui; filii ismahel
  • Location: Fol. 8
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 6
Primary reference Number: 170689
Project ID: 821
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 16 October 2023 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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