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Sermones super Cantica canticorum: MS McClean 119

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Titles

Sermones super Cantica canticorum

Maker(s)

Bernard of Clairvaux (Author)

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + 185 fols. (foliated i-ii and 1-183, fols. i-ii and 181-182 added in the thirteenth century, fol. 183 originally a flyleaf, some contemporary repairs) + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 273 x 172-179 mm (201-215 x 124-134 mm), two columns, 30-34 lines, ruled in plummet, crayon and hard point, written above top line (apart from fols. 180-182), alphabetical quire marks, running headers, catchwords, modern repairs to fols. i–ii and 1–2.

BINDING: twentieth century, quarter bound red goat and parchment over wooden boards, by W.H. Smith (signed WHS inside lower cover).

CONTENTS:
fols. i recto – ii verso Capitula for Sermons 1-64 (thirteenth- or fourteenth-century addition)
fols. 1r–2r Ambrose, Explanatio psalmorum xii (excerpt, unfinished, fol. 1r–1v erased)
fols. 2r – 179v Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica canticorum (Sermons 1-64)
fols. 179v and 183r Theological tract, Dum caro menti (thireenth-century addition)
fols. 180r–182v Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo 65 (thirteenth-century addition)

ORNAMENTATION: Two zoomorphic initials [4 ll.] in light brown ink and red for Sermons 5 and 14 (fols. 10v, 41v); red initials [2-9 ll.] with yellow wash, blank partitions, and penwork in red and brown ink (probably added later), occasionally with foliate and geometric motifs or bird-heads (fols. 7r, 37r), for most of Sermons 1-23; red, orange, yellow, blue, pink and green initials [2-17 ll.] with geometric and foliate motifs, some set on square grounds, occasionally with penwork in red and brown ink (probably added later), for most of Sermons 24-64; red initial [2 ll.] with pen flourishing (thirteenth-century addition) for Sermon 65 (fol. 180r); red penwork one-line initials for Capitula; display script in red or blue ink, occasionally highlighted in yellow and red, for text following some initials, and the closing formulas of Sermons; sketch of initial (fol. 65v).

Notes

History note: Made at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria di Chiaravalle della Colomba in the diocese of Piacenza (ex libris in a near contemporary hand on fol. 179v: Liber sancte marie de columba); Francesco Giovio (1796-1873); U. Hoepli, Milan, catalogue 83 (1883), no. 15; probably bought from him in Milan by Frank McClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Twelfth century, second half
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1199 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: de compassione in correctione
  • Location: Fol. ii recto
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: [re]fulgeret. Unum canticum
  • Location: Fol. 2r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 119
Primary reference Number: 177353
Project ID: 618
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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