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Leaf from an Antiphoner: MS McClean 201.6b

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Leaf from an Antiphoner




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 438 x 342 mm (leaf mutilated and margins heavily trimmed), eight four-line musical staves ruled in red ink, eight lines of text ruled in black ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse (original recto), end of the antiphon for Magnificat at First Vespers for the feast of St Michael in the Roman/Franciscan Antiphoner, [Dum sacrum mysterium cerneret Johannes archangelus Michael tuba cecinit Dignus es Domine Deus noster accipes] librum et solvis signacula eius alleluia, followed by the invitatory for Matins, Regem archangelorum Dominum [veni]te adoremus, the antiphons for the psalms of the first nocturn, Concussum est mare et contremuit terra ubi archangelus Michael descendebat de cello. Laudemus Dominum quem laudant angeli quem cherubin et seraphyn sanctus sanctus sanctus proclamant. Ascendit fumus aromatum (continuing on recto, which would have been the original verso) [in conspe]ctu domini de manu angeli, followed by the responsory to the first lesson, [F]actum est silentium in celo [d]um committeret bellum draco cum Michael archangelo. Audita est vox milia milium dicentium salus honor et virtus omnipotenti deo, and versicle, Milia milium ministrabant ei et decies centena milia assistebant ei; the excised initial F on the original verso would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson in Matins for the feast of St Michael (29 September) in Roman/Franciscan Antiphoner for the Sanctoral.

ORNAMENTATION: The initial [F] has been excised, leaving a foliage scroll extension in pink, red and blue on blue ground in the margin; blue and red parted initial [C, height of one stave and one text line] with blue and red pen-flourished infill and extensions on reverse; alternate red and blue penwork initials [height of one stave] with blue or red pen flourishing; capitals highlighted in red.

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


Late 14th Century
Circa 1390 CE - Circa 1399 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: MS McClean 201.6b
Primary reference Number: 178373
Project ID: 1492
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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