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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern parchment flyleaf + 162 fols. + i modern parchment flyleaf, 107 x 75 mm (50 x 40 mm), 14 long lines, ruled in faint brown ink.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, green velvet over wooden boards, silver clasp (lower cover) and catchplate (upper cover) with niello decoration, edges gilt.

fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 14r-84r Hours of the Virgin
fols. 86r-107v Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 108r-145r Office of the Dead
fols. 145v-149v Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 150r-154r Prayer, Dulcissime domine Ihesu Christe
fols. 154r-156r Prayer, Obsecro te, with rubric attributing the prayer to St Augustine
fols. 156r-157r Prayer, Sudor tuus sanguineus dulcissime Ihesu Christe sudare, with rubric stating that the prayer was found on the Virgin’s tomb
fols. 157r-158r Prayer, Segnore Ihesu Christo che del ventre della gloriosa vergine Maria prendesti, with rubric, A petitione de Phylippo Re de Franza, Bonifatio papa vjo concedette a ogni persona confessa et contrite, che dicesse devotamente questa oratione dapo ellevare del calice innanza che se diça Agnus dei, doe milia anni de perdonanza
fols. 158r-161r Verses of St Bernard, followed by Ps. 90

DECORATION: Four historiated initials in pink with delicate white foliate ornament or green acanthus (except fol. 14r, faceted pink initial), with hybrid heads or acanthus extensions on gold grounds, and full floral borders within gold frames containing medallions with birds, animals and butterflies: fol. 14r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 8 ll.] Virgin and Child, with medallion in the lower border over-painted with a variant of the arms of the Buonafede family (or a mount of six tops azure a bull salient gules), which normally show a green mount (Wormald and Giles 1982, 330); fol. 86r Penitential Psalms, [D, 8 ll.] David holding a rebec; fol. 108r Office of the Dead, [D, 8 ll.] Skull and bones; fol. 145v Short Hours of the Cross, [D, 7 ll.] Cross on Golgotha, with Crown of Thorns encircling the top, with two border medallions enclosing a stag and the profile of a child wearing a jewelled cap.

ORNAMENTATION: Pink or green initials [5 ll.] with delicate white floral ornament and floral or acanthus infill and extensions on gold grounds, accompanied by gold, blue and green side bar borders linking the upper and lower floral borders, for lesser text divisions (fols. 26v, 39r, 44r, 48v, 53r, 57r, 64v, 114v, 147r, 147v, 148r, 148v, 149r); gold initials [2 ll.] on pink or green grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with violet or red pen flourishing.


History note: Variant of the arms of the Buonafede family painted over an earlier shield (fol. 14r); Alfred Aaron de Pass (1861-1952); his gift, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Ferrara ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by Pass, Alfred Aaron de


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1475 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: main text

  • Text: Domine labia mea
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

Inscription present: rubric

  • Text: Incipit officium beate virginis
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 337
Primary reference Number: 178792
Project ID: 3496
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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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