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Office of Corpus Christi




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves (foliated i-ii, recto of fol. i pasted onto yellow silk) + 32 fols. + ii paper flyleaves (foliated iii-iv, verso of fol. iv pasted onto yellow silk), 105 x 77 mm (62 x 46 mm), 15 long lines, ruled in plummet, one extant catchword (fol. 22v)

BINDING: Nineteenth century, green velvet over wooden boards, yellow silk doublures, diamond-shaped centre piece and four metal corner pieces with embossed foliage and small bosses on each cover.

fols. 5r-14r Matins and Lauds of Corpus Christi
fols. 15r-16v Prime of Corpus Christi
fols. 17v-18v Terce of Corpus Christi
fols. 19v-20v Sext of Corpus Christi
fols. 21v-23r None of Corpus Christi
fols. 24r-25v Vespers of Corpus Christi
fols. 26v-27v Compline of Corpus Christi
fols. 29r-30r Two hymns for Matins and Lauds of the Passion
fols. 30v-32r Three prayers (additions): Domine iesu christi qui voluisti per redemptione mundi, Adoro te domine iesu christe ascendentem in cruce, Doce ergo me Deus facere voluntatem tuam

DECORATION: Nine full-page framed miniatures as frontispieces to the Hours of the Office of Corpus Christi in wide framed borders containing acanthus, foliage, flowers in dark green, purple-red and blue, gold balls and penwork ornament on plain parchment background: fol. 2v Two putti supporting a shield, perhaps repainted, with the arms of Inghirami and a nineteenth-century inscription, Figurate per me Franciscum a libris anno d[omini] mcccclx beneath; fol. 3r Gethsemane; fol. 14v Christ before Pilate; fol. 17r Mocking of Christ; fol. 19r Flagellation; fol. 21r Crucifixion; fol. 23v Pietà with St John the Evangelist and St Mary Magdalene; fol. 26r Entombment; fol. 28r Christ stepping out of the Tomb.

Historiated initial in pink on gold ground with full framed border identical to those of the miniatures: fol. 5r Matins of Corpus Christi, [D, 9 ll.] Two three-quarter figures of saints.

ORNAMENTATION: Red, blue and purple pen-flourished initials [1-2 ll.]


History note: Inghirami family of Florence and Prato, their shield of arms on fol. 2v, argent a tree proper, on a chief azure an estoile or; Guglielmo Libri (1803-1869); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 28 March 1895, lot 735; no. 250 in an unidentified sale catalogue of 1895 (catalogue cutting pasted inside upper cover)

Place(s) associated

  • Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Production date: circa AD 1475

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: faciem eius
  • Location: Fol. 6r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 59
Primary reference Number: 182111
Project ID: 783
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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