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Glossed Pauline Epistles: MS McClean 27

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Glossed Pauline Epistles




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 60 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 235 x 135 (170 x 82) mm, 26 – 33 long lines, ruled in hard point, written above top line, quire signatures, leaves lost after fols. 8 and 60, fol. 29 cut off and re-sewn.

BINDING: eighteenth-century, blind- and gold-tooled calf over pasteboards

CONTENTS: fols. 1v – 60r Glossed Pauline Epistles, with prologues
fol. 60v Apocalypse i:1 – 6.

ORNAMENTATION: Red and orange initial [A, 9 ll.] with foliate motif in black for Apc. (fol. 60v); red initials [2 – 4 ll.] with reserved ornament for main text divisions on fols. 30r – 60r; display script in red highlighted in orange for rubric to Apc. (fol. 60v); capitals highlighted in red or yellow; spaces left blank for initials [2 – 10 ll.] and rubrics on fols. 1v – 29r, occasionally containing underdrawings in plummet.


History note: Guglielmo Libri (1803 – 1869); his sale, Christie’s, London, 7 February 1895, lot 60; Frank McClean (1837 – 1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1150

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: laudat. quod ea
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 27
Primary reference Number: 170698
Project ID: 14
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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