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Antiphoner: MS McClean 55

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern paper flyleaves + 287 fols. (refoliated since James’s 1912 description, new foliation used here) + iii modern paper flyleaves, 445 x 320 mm (325 x 220 mm), 10 four-line musical staves ruled in red and black ink, 10 text lines ruled in black ink and plummet, resulting together in 60 lines per page, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, dark green patterned fabric over pasteboards, brown leather spine and corners.

fols. 1r-179v Temporal and Sanctoral integrated, beginning imperfectly at the end of the Office for Easter Sunday with the antiphon for the Asperges of the Easter season, Vidi aquam, and ending with the feast of St Andrew (30 Nov.)
fols. 180r-218r Common of the Saints
fols.218v-223r Dedication of a Church
fols. 223r-230v Offices for the Sundays after Pentecost
fols. 231r-268r Responsories for the Matins lessons from the books of the Kings, the sapiential books, Job, Tobit, Judith, Esther, Maccabees and the books of the prophets for the weeks after Pentecost
fols. 268r-278r Office of the Dead
fol. 278r Versicles for the Virgin Mary, for Saints Peter, Mark, Donatus, and for Peace (addition by Hand I)
fol. 278v Collects for Vespers for the Virgin Mary and Saints Peter, Mark, Donatus and Gerard (qui in presenti requiescit ecclesia) (addition by Hand II)
fols. 279r-287r Antiphons for Vespers and Compline for the feasts of the Temporal and the Sanctoral throughout the year

ORNAMENTATION: Three out of original four pink or blue initials [24 ll.] formed of and filled with acanthus foliage in blue, orange, green pink and grey on pink and blue grounds, extending to form partial borders, for the major feasts of Corpus Christi (fol. 55r), the Nativity of St John the Baptist (fol. 62r), the Assumption (fol. 115v, excised), and St Donatus (fol. 100r, mostly excised, but the partial foliage border largely intact); identical initials [7-17 ll.] with occasional geometric infill (e.g. fols. 33r, 256r) for remaining feasts, the more important ones of 17 ll. (e.g. fols. 47v, 140v), some excised; alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [3 ll.].


History note: San Donato, Murano, Venice; Thomas Bateman (1821-1861), Middleton Hall, by Youlgreave, Derbyshire (his bookplate and shield, or three crescents each surmounted by an estoile gules, inside upper cover); to his son, William Bateman (d. 1895); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 25-31 May 1893, lot 223

Place(s) associated

  • Murano ⪼ Venice ⪼ Italy

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


Fourteenth century, first half
Production date: circa AD 1325

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ibi cum videbitis
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS McClean 55
Primary reference Number: 182109
Project ID: 786
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 13 October 2022 Last processed: Thursday 13 October 2022

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

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