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Psalter and Hours


Artist: Maffei, Alberto de’




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 210 fols., 137 x 95 mm (80 x 54 mm), 22 long lines, ruled in pink ink, catchwords.

BINDING: nineteenth century, red velvet over pasteboards.

fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fol. 13r–v Prayer Salve sancta facies
fol. 15r–v Hymns, Primo dierum and Nocte surgentes
fols. 16r–152r Liturgical Psalter, Gallican, with antiphons, versicles, responsories, and hymns, with Psalm 4 and 5 omitted
fols. 152r–160v Canticles and hymns
fols. 160v–166r Litany, with collects
fols. 166v–167r Psalms 4 and 5
fols. 167v–199r Canticles for Sundays
fol. 201r–208v Hours of the Virgin

DECORATION: Two historiated initials with blue and gold side bar borders, and floral and spraywork panels in upper and lower borders: fol. 167v Canticles for Sundays, [D, 6 ll.] David praying, medallion with bird in upper border, medallion with deer in lower border; fol. 201r Hours of the Virgin, [D, 6 ll.] Virgin praying, dove of the Holy Spirit in medallion in upper border, bird in lozenge in outer border, deer in medallion in lower border.

ORNAMENTATION: (fols. 167v–201v) Alternate gold and blue initials [1–2 ll.] with violet and red pen-flourishing, the two- line initials extending into delicate violet and green penwork border designs incorporating architectural elements, vases, birds, fruit and flowers.


History note: Inscription in red ink ‘Lib. E.G. No. 2’ inside upper cover; J.L. Sheppard; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 23–26 July 1888, lot 579 (cutting from sale catalogue pasted at front); Frank McClean (1836–1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1470 CE Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: pereatis de via iusta
  • Location: Fol. 17
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: [Magnifi]catus est
  • Location: Fol. 168r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 34
Primary reference Number: 170700
Project ID: 797
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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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