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Breviary: MS McClean 36

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 366 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 104 x 150 mm (68 x 122 mm), 29 long lines, ruled in plummet, leaves lost after fols. 92, 234, 366

BINDING: Nineteenth century, vellum over pasteboards.

fols. 1r - 77r Psalter
fols. 77r - 84 Canticles and Athanasian Creed
fols. 84r - 86v Office of the Dead
fol. 87r Office for recovery of the Holy Land (addition)
fol. 87v Two collects (addition)
fols. 88r - 92r Hymnal
fols. 93r - 95r Offices for Saints Agatha, Lucy and Mary Magdalene
fols. 95r - 100v Hymnal
fols. 101r - 214v Temporal from the Vigil of Advent Sunday to Good Friday
fols. 215r - 234v Sanctoral from the feast of St Stephen (26 Dec.) to the feast of St George (23 April)
fols. 235r - 301v Temporal from Holy Saturday to twenty-eighth week after Pentecost
fols. 302r - 362r Sanctoral from the feast of St Benedict (21 March) to the feast of St Thomas the Apostle (21 Dec.)
fols. 362v - 366v Common of Saints

DECORATION: Historiated initial ornamental palmettes on green ground: fol. 1r Psalm 1, [B, 14 ll.] Three-quarter length figure of King David; grotesque faces as infill to initials (e.g. fols. 20r, 34v, 65v, 83r)

ORNAMENTATION: Ornamental initials [6-8 ll.] in blue and red with foliage motifs in yellow and green against parted yellow and green backgrounds for the liturgical divisions of the Psalter (e.g. fols. 12v, 26v, 33v, 51r); alternate blue and red penwork initials [2-3 ll.] with red and blue pen flourishing for minor text divisions, some with partial extensions in side margins (e.g. fol. 50v) and occasionally with dragons and lions in the lower margins (fols. 3v, 19r, 53r, 57r).

Acquisition and important dates

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


13th Century, second quarter
Circa 1235 CE - Circa 1250 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: est salus et super
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 36
Primary reference Number: 182088
Project ID: 796
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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