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Hours: MS 3-1969

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 205 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 120 x 90 mm (70 x 50 mm), 13 long lines, ruled in brown ink, leaf lost before fol. 120, fol. 147 is a modern replacement of the lost original leaf

BINDING: nineteenth century, red velvet over pasteboards.

fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 14r-78r Hours of the Virgin
fols. 78v-115r Hours of the Passion
fols. 115v-119v Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 120r-146r Penitential Psalms (begin imperfectly) and Litany
fols. 147r-205r Office of the Dead (begins imperfectly)

DECORATION: Full-page framed miniature with full floral border containing putti, birds, spraywrok with gold dots and a medallion with the arms of the Bari family (in chief a label of Anjou, gules of four and three fleur-de-lis or): fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Annunciation.

Four historiated initials in blue or pink with acanthus extensions on gold grounds and full or partial floral borders containing birds, putti and spraywrok with gold dots: fol. 14r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 9 ll.] Virgin and Child, with full border containing a deer, putti, birds and two angels supporting a medallion with the arms of the Del Caccia family (in chief a label of Anjou, or a lion’s gamp gules); fol. 79r Hours of the Passion, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of Christ as the man of Sorrows, with three-sided border; fol. 115v Short Hours of the Cross, [A, 6 ll.] Gold cross against blue sky, with three-sided border; Office of the Dead, [D, 7 ll.] Half-length skeleton holding a scroll inscribed MEMENTO MORTIS ET IN ETERNVM NPE.

ORNAMENTATION: Pink or blue initials [4 ll.] with foliate infill on gold grounds and acanthus extensions forming one-sided borders and terminating in gold balls; alternate red and blue penwork initials [4 ll.] with reserved ornament and violet or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials.


History note: Probably made to celebrate a union between members of the Bari and Del Caccia (or del Cascia) families of Arezzo (arms on fols. 13v-14r); erased inscription in the lower border of fol. 1r; Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876); not identified in the catalogues of his library sold in Paris, Hôtel des commissaires-priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, between June 1878 and June 1884; John Henry Middleton (1846-1896), Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum (1889-1893); presented by his daughter, Mrs Reynolds, in July 1969, as if bequeathed by her father.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1969) by Middleton, John Henry


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1470 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Deo salutari
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 3-1969
Primary reference Number: 178876
Project ID: 3567
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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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