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Satirae: MS McClean 158

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Author: Juvenal
Author: Persius




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper and parchment (the outermost and innermost bifolia of each quire are parchment; watermarks partially visible, probably a knot and a half-griffin, with no match in Briquet), ii modern paper flyleaves + 108 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves; 170 x 120 mm (115 x 70 mm), 21 long lines, ruled in plummet and brown crayon, vertical catchwords, leaf signatures.

BINDING: nineteenth century, blind-tooled tan leather over pasteboards.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-92v Juvenal, Satirae, with contemporary glossing
fols. 93r-108v Persius, Satirae

ORNAMENTATION: One white vine-scroll initial [S, 4 ll.] with letter in gold on a square ground of blue, green and pink with three-dot highlighting, accompanied in the lower margin by a laurel roundel and ribbons housing a shield of arms (gules, two swords in saltire argent, in base a mountain sable, on a chief azure, three fleurs de lys or with a label of four points gules), and in the outer margin by a heraldic device, repeated, drawn in red ink, with coronet and initials OG, added in a later hand (fol.1r); gold initial [N, 3 ll.] on square blue ground with scrolling highlighting (fol. 93r); blue painted initials [2 ll.] for each new satire; heavily modelled five- or six-fingered maniculi (fols. 6v, 28v, 45r); proper names and bracketing in outer margins in pale red ink.


History note: Sir Thomas Phillips (1792-1872), his MS 9180 (fol. ii verso); Frank McClean (1837-1904), purchased in June 1898 (pencil note, fol ii verso, ‘No. 929); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1450

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Vnciolam proculeius
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 158
Primary reference Number: 176585
Project ID: 471
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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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