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Initial from an Antiphoner: MS McClean 201.9c

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from an Antiphoner




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 182 x 171 mm, five musical staves ruled in red ink, five fragmentary lines of text ruled in brown ink, traces of red wax and earlier paper mount on reverse.

CONTENTS: On reverse, the versicle and responsory at First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, [V. Rorate celi de super et] nubes pluant iustum. R. Aperiatur ter[ra et germinet salvator]em, followed by the antiphon for the Magnificat: Ad M[agnificat]. A[nt.]. Ecce nomen domini uenit [de longinquo et clari]tas eius replet orbem terrarum. Ps. Mag[nificat], then follows the opening of Matins for the First Sunday of Advent: [Inv. Regem venturum do]minum venite [adoremus]. Dominica prima de aduentu. Ad matutinum. Inuitatorium [uenite] In primo nocturno a[ntiphona]. Ueniet ecce rex excel[sus]; the initial, which would have been on the verso of the original leaf, probably introduced the responsory for the first lesson at Matins for the First Sunday of Advent, Aspiciens a longe.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in pink with foliate motifs in blue, orange and gold on a square ground of solid blue framed in orange: [A] Four Prophets behold a Vision of Christ.

ORNAMENTATION: On reverse, alternate red and blue initials with turquoise or red pen flourishing; rubrics in red with blue paragraph marks.

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


14th Century, first half#
Circa 1320 CE - Circa 1340 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Accession number: MS McClean 201.9c
Primary reference Number: 181387
Project ID: 1496
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 11 September 2023 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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