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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + 85 fols. + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 185 x 129 mm (140 x 86 mm), 5 lines of text ruled in plummet and 5 five-line musical staves ruled in red ink

BINDING: Nineteenth century, brown leather with a stamped frame and central cartouche over wooden boards.

fol. 1r Rubricated title, Incipit liber processionaris secundum consuetudinem ordinis sancti patris nostri Hieronymi cum suis additamentis noviter factis
fols. 1r-39r Processions for the Temporal, beginning with that for Palm Sunday
fols. 39r-82v Processions for the Sanctoral beginning with that for the Purification of the Virgin (Candlemas)
fol. 82v Procession at the reception of a greater prelate or papal legate
fol. 83v Procession at the reception of a king or prince
fol. 84v Procession at the reception of a queen

DECORATION: Decoration is only found in the added nineteenth-century illumination which will be described in detail in an appendix on post-1700 illuminated manuscripts to be included in a future volume. This includes in the side and lower borders painted figures of angels in various poses holding various objects, grotesque mask heads, figures of saints, pontifical vestments and insignia, liturgical vessels, ecclesiastical banners, and devotional emblems such as the Sacred Heart.

ORNAMENTATION: Initials [1-2 musical staves and 1-2 text ll.] with penwork infill and frames in red, blue, purple and occasionally gold (e.g. fols. 3v, 7r), some containing flowers and parti-coloured stems (e.g. fol. 1r); cadel initials [1 musical stave and + 1 text line] in black ink; nineteenth-century additions consisting of tendrils of foliage and flowers in the borders on many pages, and foliage sprays in the cadel initials and as extensions to some of the penwork initials.


History note: The bookplate inside the upper cover was said perhaps to be of Gibson Craig (James 1912a, 106), the arms, argent a stag's head embossed gules on a chief azure a mullet argent, are of Thomson, and are probably those of the bibliophile, James Thomson Gibson-Craig, who adopted his mother's name and arms; purchased by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in a Sotheby’s sale c.1887-1888 (catalogue cutting with lot 552 inside upper cover)

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


16th Century, second half#
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1850 CE Production date: circa AD 1575

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: pullum asine
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 53
Primary reference Number: 182089
Project ID: 788
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 8 October 2020 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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