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Office of Corpus Christi

Description

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.

CONTENTS
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.]

Notes

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

Dating

Fifteenth century, second half
Production date: circa AD 1475

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 59
Primary reference Number: 182111
Project ID: 783
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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