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Breviary: MS 351

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii flyleaves (ii paper + i parchment) + 508 fols. (foliated as i-viii + 1-500) + vi flyleaves (iv parchment + ii paper), 100 x 70 mm ( 61 x 43 mm), single column, 24 lines, ruled in very faint plummet , catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth-century white leather stamped with foliage patterns, with on spine the title stamped, Breviarium Ambrosiano 1450, and in gold MS Bibl. Trivulzio

fols. i recto - viii verso Calendar
fols. 1r - 1v Te Deum
fols. 1v-107r Psalter
fols. 107r - 119v Instructions for the Daily Office
fols. 119v - 128r Responsories, antiphons and psalms for Daily Matins and Vespers
fols. 128v - 146r Common of the Saints
fols. 146v-159r Sanctoral from Martin (Nov. 11) to Thomas the Apostle (Dec. 21)
fols. 159r - 172r Offices for the Sundays in Advent
fols. 172r - 185r Offices for the weekdays in Advent
fols. 185v - 396v Temporal and Sanctoral from Christmas Eve to Vitalis and Agricola (Nov. 4)
fols. 397r - 409v Common of the Saints
fols. 409v - 434v Offices for Sundays
fols. 434v - 446r Offices for weekdays
fols. 446r - 463v Offices for Prime, Terce, Sext, None and Compline
fols. 463v - 467r Common of the Saints
fols. 467r - 473r Office of the Dead
fols. 473v - 476r Office of the Virgin
fols. 476v - 483r Incipit ordo officii
fols. 483v - 489r Lectionary for saints' days from Martin (Nov. 11) to Thomas the Apostle (Dec. 21)
fols. 489r - 500r Lectionary Advent to the First Sunday after Epiphany

DECORATION: One gold-framed historiated initial on a blue ground with partial extensions into the margin of green, purple-pink and dull blue foliage with gold balls, black dots and sprays: fol. 1v Psalm 1, (B, 5 ll.) Head of David.

ORNAMENTATION: One ornamental initial with geometric ornament in white on a gold ground (T, 5 ll.) with small extension into the margin of gold balls with black dots and pink and pale blue penwork (fol. 1r). Numerous penflourish initials (2 - 8 ll.) in blue and purple, the larger ones having penwork extensions into the margins (e.g. fols. 27r, 119v, 397r); elaborate penwork catchword frame with rosettes and geometric ornament (fol. 440v).


History note: Fr. Gasparis(?) Branzaghi(?) (partially erased ownership inscription on fol. i recto); Milan, Biblioteca Trivulziana (stamp on spine and cutting from a French bookseller's catalogue, 5931 ... provenant de la Bibliothèque Trivulzio, pasted inside upper cover); the Trivulzio Library was divided between two brothers, part of it went to Gerolamo Trivulzio, passed on to his daughter, Cristina, who married Prince Emilio Belgiojoso, and then on to Cristina's daughter, the Marchesa Trotti, who may have sold it to the French bookseller; James Stewart Henderson (d. 1933), his bequest, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Lombardy ⪼ Italy
  • Milan ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1475 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: viam iustorum et iter impiorum
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 351
Primary reference Number: 182086
Project ID: 3508
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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