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Benedictional: MS McClean 52

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Titles

Benedictional
Aforismus siderum and miscellaneous texts

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
A Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 44 fols. (foliated i – ii, 1-42, the latter being medieval foliation in red,), 211 x 148 mm (137 x 90 mm), 24 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords.

B Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 5 fols., 211 x 148 mm (168 x 118 mm), 29 long lines, ruled in plummet.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, purple-brown leather over wooden boards, B bound upside down at the end of the volume, first title BENEDICTIONES gold-stamped on top of spine, second title AFORISMUS gold-stamped upside down at bottom of spine.

CONTENTS
A
fols. i recto - ii recto Index of the Benedictions of the Temporal and Sanctoral
fols. 1r-39r Benedictions for the Temporal and Sanctoral
fols. 39v-42r Benediction of a font
fol. 42v Benedictions for Confirmations

B
fols. 1r-2r Aforismus siderum (Involutio sphaerae)
fol. 2r Interpretation of the Hebrew Alphabet (begins imperfectly)
fol. 2v Letter written partly in Tironian notes
fols. 2v-3v Life of St Jerome (BHL no. 3871d, Fros 1986, 422, no. 6b)
fol. 4r-4v Notes on the liturgical year from Septuagesima to Maundy Thursday attributed to Hrabanus Maurus
fol. 5r-5v Compendiosa disputatio

DECORATION: Diagram of the constellations and musical tones with a rough sketch of an altar beside it (B, fol. 5v).

ORNAMENTATION: Pen-flourished initial [D, 6 ll.] with peacock's tail pattern in the infill, parti-coloured stem and a large partial border in red, blue, green and purple penwork, containing exotic flowers, foliage, and a painted barbed quatrefoil with a blank shield surmounted by a bishop's mitre in the middle of the lower border (A, fol. 1r).

Notes

History note: Jean Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1780–1855), no. clxxxxiii in his collection, an inscription on fol. ii verso, Très curieux; Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797–1878); Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840-1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10–14 June 1901, Barrois Collection, lot 54; purchased by Frank McClean (1837–1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ Veneto ⪼ Italy
  • Treviso ⪼ Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Fifteenth century, second quarter
Ninth or tenth century
Circa 1425 CE - Circa 1450 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [exem]plis calciati castitati renes
  • Location: A
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: sub se ad australem
  • Location: B
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 52
Primary reference Number: 182092
Project ID: 789
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 14 September 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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