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Model book: MS 83-1972

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Model book


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 3 fols. (late medieval pagination 27-29 in brown ink) + i paper flyleaf, 230 x 145 mm, pricking in outer margins.

BINDING: 1980s, quarter brown morocco, marbled paper over wooden boards, by the Cockerell bindery.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-3v Designs for twenty-two letters in the Latin alphabet

ORNAMENTATION: Ink drawings for initials filled with white vine-scroll and accompanied by designs for Evangelist symbols, animals, birds and foliate ornament: fol. 1r Designs for foliate ornament, the Zodiac sign of Pisces, and seven initials: two A initials with addorsed birds between them, B, C, two D initials, the second one extending into a bird, and Q formed of a dragon biting its tail; fol. 1v Designs for five initials: R, T, Y, X, U; fol. 2r Designs for six initials: M with a bird, O, L, N, and two S initials, the second one formed of a dragon; fol. 2v Designs for foliate ornament and five initials: C, E with a bird, N, Q extending into a dragon, and G with a dragon head and man climbing among vines; fol. 3r Designs for two roundels with the Evangelist symbols of St Matthew and St Luke, and five initials: F, P extending into a dragon’s head spewing foliage, H with two birds, I, and K.

Two illuminated initials with white vine-scroll on blue and buff ground, within thin red frames: fol. 3v Initials C and O.


History note: Francis Wormald (1904-1972), acquired before May 1958; presented to the Museum by Mrs Wormald in 1972 in accordance with her late husband’s wishes.

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  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

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Method of acquisition: Presented (1972) by Wormald, Francis, Mrs


Twelfth century, third quarter
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1175 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Illumination Drawing

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Accession number: MS 83-1972
Primary reference Number: 176496
Project ID: 3572
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 July 2021 Last processed: Thursday 15 July 2021

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

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