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Hours: MS 339

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 140 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 119 x 85 mm (66 x 54 mm), 15 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, red velvet over pasteboards.

fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 13r-55v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 55v-62v Psalms for the Office of the Virgin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays
fols. 63r-70v Office of the Virgin for Advent and from Christmas to the Purification
fols. 71v-91v Penitential Psalms
fols. 93r-125r Office of the Dead
fols. 125v-126v Hymn to the Virgin in Italian, Ave de celi imperatrice sancta
fols. 127r-130v Hours of the Cross
fols. 131r-133v Office of St Catherine
fols. 134r-140v Prayer to the Virgin, Domina mea sancta Maria perpetua virgo

DECORATION: Eleven historiated initials on gold grounds with elaborate full or partial borders incorporating foliage coils, flowers, putti, human figures, some as busts, birds and gold balls: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 8 ll.] Seated Virgin and Child, the Child holding a bird, with a wide full border incorporating putti, birds, peacocks, a three-quarter length Annunciation, set in foliage coils of red, blue and green with gold balls; fol. 22r Lauds, [D, 6 ll.] Half-length saint holding a stone and a woman in a red robe; fol. 33r Prime, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a prophet; fol. 37r Terce, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 40r Sext, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 43r None, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint, with a half-length bishop and two half-length saints in the border; fol. 46r Vespers, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 52r Compline, [C, 6 ll.] Bearded man pointing upwards; fol. 71r Penitential Psalms, [D, 6 ll.] David kneeling in prayer in a landscape, with a very wide full border containing a bearded man praying, a fashionably dressed youth wearing a hat, the apostles at Pentecost, three half-length saints, the central one flanked by peacocks, and five small figures in medallions; fol. 93r Office of the Dead, [D, 6 ll.] Man lying on a bier, with a partial border, very wide at the bottom, containing a kneeling man in a brown habit watched by another man, behind whom stands an angel; fol. 127r, Hours of the Cross, [D, 6 ll.] Green cross on a green ground.

ORNAMENTATION: Foliage initial [C, 6 ll.] with a full acanthus and floral border for the Office of St Catherine (fol. 131r); alternate gold and blue initials [2 lll.] with violet or red pen flourishing.


History note: Alfred Aaron de Pass (1861-1952), who presented it to the Museum in 1933 in memory of his son, Crispin (Trinity Hall), who was killed in WWI in 1918 (bookplate inside upper cover).

Place(s) associated

  • Parma ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Presented (1933) by Aaron de Pass, Alfred


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1460 CE

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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  • Text: omnes deos
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS 339
Primary reference Number: 179713
Project ID: 3498
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 8 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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