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Religious miscellany: MS McClean 107

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Religious miscellany




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + iii parchment flyleaves (first former pastedown) + 139 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 220 x 135 mm (173 x 86 mm), 27 long lines, ruled in plummet

BINDING: Seventeenth century, blind-tooled brown leather over pasteboards, sewn on five supports, rust stains from two fastening devices of earlier binding on flyleaves at front

fols. 1r–102r Defensor of Ligugé (here ascribed to Bede), Liber scintillarum, with capitula
fols. 102r–104v Ammonitio Sancti Augustini episcopi, inc. Propicio Christo fratres karissimi ita lectionem divinam
fols. 104v–121v Ambrosius Autpertus, De conflictu vitiorum et virtutum (Bloomfield and Guyot 1979, no. 455)
fol. 121v De IIIIor virtutibus principalibus, inc. Sunt animi virtutes quatuor (Bloomfield 1979, no. 5857, this copy not recorded)
fols. 121v–122r De anime discretionibus, inc. Anima pro diversis actibus diversa
fol. 122r–v Hec sunt octo vicia principalia, inc. Primum castrimargia
fols. 122v–123r De tribus que sunt in mundo, inc. Tria sunt omnia que in mundo sunt
fol. 123r–v Augustinus ad Macedonium de iteranda penitentia, inc. Augustinus ad Macedonium dicit inter alia
fols. 123v–131v Augustinus de lapsu mundi et de incertitudine huius vite et de avaricia, inc. Omnis homo in tribulatione aliqua constitutus
fols. 131v–139v Excerptum de libro qui vocatur Synonima beati Ysidori episcopi, inc. Audi anima que dico

ORNAMENTATION: Two architectural pages with double arches in yellow, red, green and blue framing the capitula (fol. 1r–v)

Foliate initials [3-7 ll.] formed of reserved ornament with foliate or zoomorphic infill (except fol. 68v, girdled human figure with hat) on red, blue, green or tan grounds for main texts and books; red penwork initial [I, 4 ll.] with reserved line and blue outline (fol. 1r); red penwork initials [1-2 ll.] with minor ornament in red or green; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: J. de Fontenay, canon at Chartres (seventeenth-century ownership inscription, fol. 1r: J De Fontenay Carnutensis ecclesiae canonicus); Thomas Thorpe (d. 1861); his sale, Evans, London, 2-4 March 1826, lot 16777 (inscription ‘16777 Thorpe’ in Phillipps’ hand on recto of paper flyleaf at front); Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 255 (his stamp and number on recto of paper flyleaf at front); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10-17 June 1896, lot 86; Frank McClean (1837–1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1150

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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  • Text: Dominus dicit in evangelio
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS McClean 107
Primary reference Number: 178930
Project ID: 612
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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