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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii parchment flyleaves (foliated i-ii) + 286 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves (foliated iii-iv, fol. iv pasted to lower cover), 343 x 245 mm (214 x 158 mm), two columns, 29 lines, ruled in faint plummet, catchwords

BINDING: Fifteenth century, dark red-brown leather over wooden boards, blind- and gold-stamped with interlaced ropework, sewn on three double supports, four metal cornerpieces and a central metal cross-shaped boss decorated with low relief foliage on each cover, remains of four straps on upper cover, four catchplates on lower cover

fol. i Flyleaf from a fifteenth-century Italian noted Choir Psalter containing Psalm 6
fols. 1-6v Calendar
fols. 7r-121v Temporal from the First Sunday of Advent to Holy Saturday
fols. 121v-135v Ordinary of the Mass
fols. 136r-180v Temporal from Easter Sunday to the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
fols. 181r-233v Sanctoral from the Vigil of St Andrew to the feast of St Saturninus
fols. 234r-256v Common of the Saints
fols. 256v-257v Mass for the Dedication of a Church
fols. 258r-272r Votive Masses including those of the Virgin Mary
fols. 272r-277v Masses of the Dead
fol. 278r Mass of the Visitation
fols. 278v-279v Ordo for the Blessing of Salt and Water
fol. 280r Blessings including those for lamb at Easter, meat and cheese
fols. 280v-281r Sequence Dies irae for the Mass of the Dead
fols. 261v-284v blank
fol. 285r-285v Litany of the Virgin Mary
fol. iii Flyleaf from the same Choir Psalter as fol. i containing psalm 109

DECORATION: Full-page framed miniature with a wide gold frame with ornamental foliage patterns in black ink and foliage sprays with gold balls extending from the centre on all four sides: fol. 131v Crucifixion with the Virgin, St John and St Mary Magdalene embracing the foot of the cross.

ORNAMENTATION: Fifteen acanthus initials [3-8 ll.] with foliate or ornamental infill, with ornamental acanthus foliage sprays proportionate in size to the initials, most on gold grounds, extending into the vertical and horizontal borders, and containing large acanthus leaves and other foliage interspersed with black sprays and prominent gold balls (e.g. fols. 1r, 16v, 23r, 132r, 136r), mainly in dark purple-red, green and dull blue, occasionally in orange.


History note: Late fifteenth-century inscription on fol. iv, Hoc Missale est fraternit(at)e Noliani(?), referring to a lay or third order confraternity; price £10 written inside upper cover; purchased for the Museum in 1891.

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ Marche ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


15th Century, Late#
Circa 1475 CE - Circa 1485 CE


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: dicimus missas conventuales
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 31
Primary reference Number: 179709
Project ID: 293
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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