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Leaf from a Breviary or Ordinal: Marlay cutting It. 67

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a Breviary or Ordinal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 500 x 372 mm (366 x 225 mm), 20 lines of text, ruled in pale brown ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse, the last two verses of the hymn Lux ecce surgit aurea for Thursday Lauds and the hymn Tu trinitatis unitas for Friday Matins; on the recto (the leaf’s original verso), the psalm for Friday Matins, Inclina Domine aurem tuam (Ps. 85:1-6), with antiphon Inclina domine.

DECORATION: Historiated initial [I, 6 ll.] in pink and blue on a tessellated ground with painted floral motifs enclosing a crowned youth (David?) in prayer and accompanied by one-sided border formed of gold stave, flowers, foliage, spraywork and gold discs.

ORNAMENTATION: On reverse, red voided initial [T, 4 ll.] with red and blue pen flourishing for the hymn Tu trinitas unitas; alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials set in the margin for each verse; initials within rubrics pen-flourished in brown ink.


History note: Early note 108 in ink in the outer margin on the reverse; later note No. 11 in ink on the current recto; Pierre-Henri Gélis Didot (1853 – 1902); his sale, Paris, 12-13 April 1897, lot 96 (cutting from sale catalogue pasted onto mount); Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831–1912); his bequest, 1912.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Circa 1450 CE - 1475 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 67
Primary reference Number: 178366
Project ID: 1412
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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