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Current Location: In storage




Scribe: Frederick of Utrecht




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 619 fols. (foliated i-vi, 1-613) + i parchment flyleaf + v paper flyleaves, 132 x 93 mm (84 x 63 mm), two columns, 26 lines, ruled in very faint plummet, catchwords

BINDING: Sixteenth century, brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on three supports, gold-stamped with a diamond shape and foliage design on both covers, one metal centre piece with a boss and four metal corner pieces with bosses on each cover, metal furniture for chain attachment on both covers, part of a chain still attached to upper one, two metal catchplates (pinheads modern replacement) showing a bust surrounded by the letters P, F and N (in reverse) on lower cover, two brown leather straps with brass clasps (modern replacements) on upper cover, re-backed with original spine leather pasted onto modern calf.

fols. i recto - vi verso Calendar
fols. 1r- 86r Liturgical Psalter
fols. 86r-88v Canticles
fols. 89r-90v Litany and Collects
fols. 91r-349v Temporal from the First Sunday of Advent, Incipit breviarium ordinis minorum secundum consuetudinem Romane Curie, ending with the Matins readings from the books of the prophets in November
fols. 350r-353v General Rubrics on the grading of feasts
fols. 354r-559v Sanctoral from the fest of St Saturninus (29 Nov.) to the feast of St Catherine (25 Nov.)
fols. 559v-562v Liturgical Directions for the Franciscan Office for the Church year
fols. 564r-592r Common of the Saints
fols. 592r-595v Office for the Dedication of a Church
fols. 595v-599r Offices of the Virgin Mary
fols. 599r-602r Offices for the Visitation of the Sick and the Last Rites
fols. 602r-604v Commendation of the Soul and Preparation of the Body
fols. 605r-612r Office of the Dead
fols. 612r-613v Blessings (Graces) for Meals
fol. 613v Colophon: Scriptum et completum est per me federicum de traiecto superiori. Anno domini mcccco 59o xvii die Junii. In dei nomine. Amen.
fol. 614r Sancta Clemens papa. qui audit missam hec dona consequitur, followed by the hymn Eterna Christi munera (both additions)
fol. 614v Oratio sancti hieronymi

DECORATION: Forty historiated initials, mainly in pale green, pink and dull blue, with large full or partial border extensions containing delicate flowers, foliage sprays, leaves, birds and gold balls with black dots: fol. 1r Hymn Primo dierum omnium at Sunday Matins, [P, 10 ll.] Bust of a bishop, possibly St Ambrose, with large partial border; fol. 1v Psalm 1, [B, 10 ll.] God holding an orb above David holding a psaltery; fol. 14v Psalm 26, [D, 9 ll.] Half-length man pointing to eyes; fol. 23r Psalm 38, [D, 8 ll.] Man standing; fol. 31r Psalm 52, [D, 8 ll.] Fool seated; fol. 38v Psalm 68, [S, 8 ll.] Naked man in water; fol. 48v Psalm 80, [E, 9 ll.] Seated man playing a lute; fol. 58r Psalm 97, [C, 9 ll.] Three Franciscans singing before a lectern; fol. 68r Psalm 109, [D, 8 ll.] God holding an orb and blessing; fol. 91r Capitulum for First Vespers for Advent Sunday, [F, 11 ll.] St Paul standing and holding a sword, with a full border containing a much rubbed illegible shield in the lower border, read by M.R. James as party per pale, dexter, party per bend dexter or and sable, sinister, party per chevron sable and argent; fol. 91r First Vespers Hymn for Advent Sunday, [C, 4 ll.] Head of a saint; fol. 122r First Lesson of Matins for Christmas Day, [P, 7 ll.] Bust of the Virgin and Child with partial border; fol. 145v Collect for First Vespers for Epiphany, [D, 4 ll.] Half-length figure of the naked Christ Child; fol. 156r Capitulum for First Vespers for the First Sunday after Epiphany, [O, 8 ll.] Bust of God holding a book; fol. 158v First Lesson for Matins of the Second Sunday after Epiphany, [P, 5 ll.] St Paul holding a sword; fol. 249r First Lesson of Matins for Easter Sunday, [M, 7 ll.] Christ stepping out of the tomb; fol. 276r Collect for First Vespers of Ascension Day, [C, 6 ll.] Christ ascending to heaven; fol. 284v Collect for First Vespers of Pentecost, [D, 8 ll.] Holy Spirit descends on the heads of the apostles; fol. 291v Collect at First Vespers for Trinity Sunday, [O, 7 ll.] Throne of Grace Trinity; fol. 296r Collect at first Vespers for Corpus Christi, [D, 7 ll.] Chalice and Host on an altar; fol. 354r Collect for St Saturninus, [D, 8 ll.] Bust of St Saturninus reading a book; fol. 379r Collect at First Vespers for the Purification, [O, 6 ll.] Presentation in the Temple; fol. 386v Collect for St Matthias, [D, 3 ll.] Head of Matthias; fol. 390v Collect at First Vespers for the Annunciation, [D, 5 ll.] Annunciation, represented as the heads of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin; fol. 409r Collect for St Bernardinus, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Bernardinus holding a book and a flower-like object; fol. 420r Collect for St Anthony of Padua, [E, 6 ll.] St Anthony of Padua holding a staff; fol. 430v Collect at First Vespers of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, [D, 7 ll.] Three-quarter figure of St John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God; fol. 438v Collect at First Vespers for Saints Peter and Paul, [D, 5 ll.] Heads of Saints Peter and Paul; fol. 445r Collect at First Vespers of the Visitation, [O, 8 ll.] Visitation, with three-quarter figures of the Virgin and St Elizabeth; fol. 465r Collect at First Vespers of St Peter's Chains, [D, 4 ll.] Head of St Peter; fol. 479r Collect at First Vespers of St Laurence, [D, 4 ll.] Head of St Laurence; fol. 483r Collect for St Clare, [F, 8 ll.] St Clare standing, with large partial border; fol. 489v Collect at First Vespers for the Assumption, [F, 8 ll.] Tomb of the Virgin, with partial border; fol. 496v Collect for St Louis of Toulouse, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Louis of Toulouse holding a book, with large partial border; fol. 500r Collect for St Bartholomew, [O, 4 ll.] Head of St Bartholomew; fol. 501r Collect for St Augustine, [A, 7 ll.] Bust of St Augustine; fol. 507r Collect at First Vespers of the Nativity of the Virgin, [F, 8 ll.] Birth of the Virgin; fol. 523r Collect at First Vespers of St Michael, [D, 3 ll.] Head of St Michael; fol. 528r Collect at First Vespers of St Francis, [D, 8 ll.] Bust of St Francis; fol. 543r Collect at First Vespers of All Saints, [O, 7 ll.] Bust of a saint.

ORNAMENTATION: Ornamental initials [3 ll.] with infill of pink and green acanthus leaves and small partial borders incorporating flowers (e.g. fols. 101r, 413v, 460v, 489r, 504v, 529r); blue, red and purple pen-flourished initials [2-5 ll.].


History note: Unidentified arms, perhaps of the original owner, on fol. 91r; the Linardelli family of Sacile near Pordenone in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Ex Libris Familiae Linardelli Sacilensii Anno Domini 1772 (fol. i)

Place(s) associated

  • Veneto

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

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: dabit in tempore suo
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS McClean 61
Primary reference Number: 182113
Project ID: 781
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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