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Collectar: MS McClean 58

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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment (with paper addition), iv modern paper flyleaves + ii contemporary parchment flyleaves (the first former pastedown, both from a twelfth-century manuscript of Homilies on the Gospels) + 136 fols. (three sets of ink and pencil foliation, the most recent, 1-136, followed here, superseding the foliation given in James 1912a) + i contemporary parchment flyleaf + i fifteenth-century paper flyleaf + i contemporary parchment flyleaf (former pastedown; from a twelfth-century manuscript of Homilies on the Gospels) + iii modern paper flyleaves, 260 x 180 mm (fols. 19r-130v, 190 x 125 mm, otherwise 190 x up to 150 mm), 17 long lines for Collectar (fols. 19r-130v), up to 35 lines for Calendars and other texts, ruled in plummet, written above top line

BINDING: Sixteenth century, blind-tooled brown leather over wooden boards, four metal corner pieces, remains of two straps, modern spine repair.

fol. 1r Table of Epacts, Concurrents, Golden Numbers and Easter for the years 1256-1274
fol. 1v Verses on the Golden Number, written as prose
fol. 2r-v Litany
fols. 2v-3r Additional Collects
fol. 3v Further Collects and Pater Noster (fifteenth-century addition)
fol. 4r-4v Notes on the Paschal cycle, benedictions, other Calendar notes
fol. 5r Notes on the nineteen-year cycle
fols. 5v-11r Calendar in black and red
fol. 11v Diagrams for cycle of the sun, Easter cycle
fol. 12r-12v Notes on Paschal calculations
fols. 13r-18v Calendar
fols. 19r-127r Collects for the Proper of Time, Proper of Saints (Stephen to Thomas Apostle), Common of Saints and other services
fols. 127r-130v Litany and prayers
fols. 131r-134r Further Collects for Cistercian use (fifteenth-century addition)
fols. 135r-136r Collects for the Dead
fol. 136v Rules for accidents at Mass

ORNAMENTATION: Solar, Easter and other tables in red and blue frames with foliate finials, one vertical panel of red with scrolling brown ink foliage touched in red (fol. 11v); for the Collectar (fols. 19r-127r and 135r-136r), one voided initial [E, 6 ll.] in blue with foliate red pen flourishing; voided initials [2-4 ll.], predominantly red or blue, some green on early leaves, some foliate motifs, for each Collect; first line of the text in alternate red and blue letters; for the first Calendar (fols. 5v-11r), KL in voided red [3 ll.]; for the second Calendar (fols. 13r-18v), KL in blue [4 ll.] with red pen flourishing; fols. 131r-134r (fifteenth-century addition), red display initial [I, 3 ll.]; alternate red and blue initials [2 ll.].


History note: Written and illuminated at the Cistercian Abbey of Morimondo (possibly no. 58 in the late twelfth-century inventory of the library; Leclercq 1961, 181n); partially erased thirteenth-century inscription on fol. 136r: Liber … Marie de morimund.; still at Morimondo in the fifteenth century (additions); possibly part of the collection of Francesco Giovio (1796-1873) (Ferrari 1993, 299); U. Hoepli, Milan, catalogue no. 83 (1883), no. 74; bought from him in Milan by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in 1892; his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Morimondo ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Late
Circa 1190 CE - Circa 1199 CE


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Kyreleyson; filius tuus dominus noster
  • Location: Fol. 20r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 58
Primary reference Number: 177345
Project ID: 784
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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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