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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 221 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 137 x 90 mm (75 x 45 mm), 13 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, red velvet over wooden boards, two pairs of silver clasps (on lower cover) and catchplates (on upper cover) engraved with a rose design, edges gilt and gauffered.

fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 13r-92r Hours of the Virgin
fols. 93r-120r Penitential Psalms and Litany with Collects
fols. 121r-170v Office of the Dead
fols. 171r-186r Gradual Psalms
fols. 187r-192v Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 194r-221r Hours of the Passion

ORNAMENTATION: Faceted initials [7 ll.] in blue or pink on solid gold grounds with floral ornament for major text divisions (fols. 1r, 93r, 121r, 171r, 187r, 194r), the first one accompanied by a full strewn-flower border of gold ground, incorporating the arms of the Rusticelli family (on a shield sable, a spread eagle argent semé of crescents, charged with a cross gules, fol. 1r); alternate red and blue penwork initials [2 ll.] with pen-flourished infill and extensions on fols. 161r-170v only (a quire copied by a different scribe and decorated by a different artist); alternate red and blue penwork initials [1-2 ll.] throughout the rest of the manuscript; incipits of major text divisions written in gold; calligraphic, cadel-like capitals.


History note: Made for a member of the Rusticelly family of Tuscany (arms on fol. 13r); cutting from a Sotheby’s sale catalogue (with erroneous identification of the arms as those of the Alidosi family) pasted on front flyleaf; James Stewart Henderson (d.1933); his bequest, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1510 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [La]us tibi Domine
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 352
Primary reference Number: 178794
Project ID: 3509
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 8 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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