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Magna Glossatura on the Psalter: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 1

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Magna Glossatura on the Psalter


Author: Lombard, Peter
Scribe: Equilinus, Andreus E (Andrea di Jesolo)




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 241 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 340 x 260 mm (215 x 132 mm), two columns of gloss with biblical text inset within them, 54 lines of gloss with biblical text written on alternate lines, ruled in plummet and crayon, running headers, quire marks

BINDING: Early eighteenth century, blind-tooled brown morocco over wooden boards, probably re-bound for Gerardo Sagrado c.1710.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-241r Peter Lombard, Magna Glossatura on the Psalter, with two prologues, Cum omnes prophetas (fol. 1r) and Liber soliloquiorum prophete David de Christo, inc. Liber dict et non libri (fol. 1v); fol. 241v Alphabetical list of Psalm incipits (addition)

DECORATION: Italy, fifteenth century;
Historiated initial in pink on gold ground with acanthus extensions: Psalm 1, [B, 11 ll.] David playing lute.

France, thirteenth century; Alternate blue and red penwork initials [3 ll.] with red or blue pen-flourished infill and extensions for the beginning of ordinary psalms in the biblical text; identical initials [2 ll.] for the beginning of psalms in the gloss; alternate blue and red penwork initials [2 ll.] with simple red or blue pen flourishing for psalm verses in the biblical text; identical one-line initials for psalm verses in the gloss; alternate blue and red paragraph marks.

Italy, fifteenth century; Pink initials [4-6 ll.] on gold grounds with acanthus infill and extensions terminating in spraywork with gold balls for Psalms 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97 and 109 (fols. 42r, 63v, 83r, 105r, 132v, 155v, 179v).

Italy, seventeenth century; Gold initial [C, 8 ll.] with floral ornament and full border within gold frames containing laurel sprays, serpents and arms of the Visconti family surmounted by a ducal coronet and flanked by two Roman portrait busts on blue ground speckled with white dots, for the prologue (fol. 1r).


History note: The manuscript was in the Veneto by 1463, as revealed by the colophon dated and signed by the scribe who supplied the end of the text on fol. 241r: Explicit glosa ordinaria super psalmos 1463 die 27 septembris Andr[eus] E Eq[ui]lin[us]; sold in 1528 by Marino Sanudo (1466-1536) to a Venetian monastery according to a note on fol. 2r: Hic liber est Monasterii sancti [erasure] venetiarum emptus Anno 1528 a.d. Marino Sanuto J.; Federico Visconti (1617-1693), acquired before 1681; Gerardo Sagrado, Venice, acquired c.1710, included as no. 101 in his catalogue of c.1745 (MS copy in Venice, Biblioteca Marciana); purchased from the Roman bookseller Rosso by Charles Fairfax Murray (1849–1919); his gift, 1904.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Place(s) associated

  • Milan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


13th Century, first half
15th Century, third quarter#
17th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1250 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 215 mm Width 132 mm
Page Height 340 mm Width 260 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: p. ante ambos predictos
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 1
Primary reference Number: 178881
Project ID: 1313
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 July 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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