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Breviary: MS McClean 62

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Breviary

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 413 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 129 x 91 mm (90 x 65 mm), two columns, 36 lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords, one leaf missing before fol. 121, another before fol. 189, and a third before fol. 370.

BINDING: Seventeenth century, blind-stamped vellum over pasteboards, sewn on three supports.

CONTENTS:
fol. 1r Calendar for January
fol. 1v Prayer Adoro te piissime, with a note in Italian stating that it should be said at the elevation of the chalice to gain an indulgence granted by Pope Sixtus IV in 1473
fols. 2r-7v Calendar
fol. 8r-v Computistical tables for the moveable feasts beginning in 1431
fols. 9r-120v Temporal, beginning with the rubric: Incipit ordo breviarii nocturni officii secundum consuetudinem romane curie ac ordinis fratrum minorum
fols. 121r -167v Liturgical Psalter (begins imperfectly)
fols. 167v-170v Canticles
fols. 171r-182v Hymnal
fols. 183r-184r Office of St Anne
fols. 184r-187r Bull of Canonisation of St Bernardino
fols. 189r-355r Sanctoral (begins imperfectly)
fols. 355v-360r Office of the Conception of the Virgin
fols. 360v-369v Offices of the Visitation of the Virgin and its Octave
fols. 370r-390r Common of the Saints (begins imperfectly)
fols. 390v-392v Office for the Dedication of a Church
fols. 392v-396v Offices of the Virgin
fols. 397r-404v General Rubrics on the grading of feasts (addition)
fols. 405r-406r Indulgence of Sixtus IV issued 19 Nov. 1480 (addition)
fol. 411Office for the Conversion of St Paul
fols. 412r-413v Lesson III of Holy Saturday Matins with musical notation, Incipit oratio Jeremie. Recordare domine quid acciderit

DECORATION: Twenty-three historiated initials on coloured grounds with border extensions of black sprays containing foliage, flowers and gold trefoils and balls: fol. 9r First Lesson of Matins of Advent Sunday, [V, 8 ll.] Bust of St Paul holding sword and book; fol. 21r First Lesson of Matins for Christmas Day, [P, 8 ll.] Half-length figure of the Virgin adoring the Child; fol. 31v First Lesson of Matins for Epiphany, [O, 8 ll.] Adoration of the Magi; fol. 68r Invitatory for Easter Sunday, [S, 9 ll.] Three-quarter length figure of Christ rising from the Tomb; fol. 81r Responsory to the First Matins Lesson of Ascension Day, [P. 8 ll.] Ascension; fol. 87r Antiphon to the Matins psalms for Pentecost, [F, 8 ll.] Holy Spirit above three heads of apostles; fol. 128r Psalm 26, [D, 8 ll.] Bust of David pointing to eye; fol. 137r Psalm 52, [D, 8 ll.] Fool; fol. 141r Psalm 68, [S, 8 ll.] David naked in prayer; fol. 147v Psalm 80, [E, 7 ll.] Bust of David with psaltery; fol. 203v Collect at First Vespers for the Purification, [O, 8 ll.] Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (in stead of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple); fol. 212r Collect for First Vespers for the Annunciation, [D, 10 ll.] Half-length figures of the Annunciation; fol. 245v Collect for First Vespers for Saints Peter and Paul, [D, 7 ll.] Busts of Saints Peter and Paul in conversation; fol. 248v First Matins Lesson for the Visitation, [B, 8 ll.] Bust-length figures of the Visitation; fol. 277v Collect for First Vespers for St Laurence, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Laurence; fol. 282r Collect for First Vespers for St Clare, [F, 7 ll.] Bust of St Clare holding a monstrance; fol. 299v Collect at first Vespers for the Nativity of the Virgin, [F, 8 ll.] St Anne holding the swaddled Virgin; fol. 321r Collect for First Vespers of St Francis, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Francis holding a cross; fol. 329v First Matins Lesson for the Sixth Day of the Octave of St Francis, [F, 7 ll.] St Francis receiving the Stigmata; fol. 336v Collect for First Vespers for Saints Simon and Jude, [D, 5 ll.] Busts of Saints Simon and Jude; fol. 337r Collect for First Vespers for All Saints, [O, 7 ll.] Heads of six saints; fol. 343r Collect for First Vespers for St Martin, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Martin blessing; fol. 348v Collect for First Vespers for St Cecilia, [D, 5 ll.] Bust of St Cecilia; fol. 353r Collect for First Vespers for St Catherine, [D, 9 ll.] St Catherine holding a palm.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue and red parted initials [9 ll.] with purple and red pen-flourished infill, frames and extensions; alternate red and blue penwork initials [4-8 ll.] with purple or red pen-flourished foliate or geometric infill and extensions (e.g. fol. 90r - Trinity Sunday, fol. 91v - Corpus Christi, fols. 133r, 152r, 158v, 290r); alternate red and blue penwork initials [3 ll.] with blue or purple pen flourishing; alternate blue and red penwork initials [2 ll.].

Notes

History note: Frank McClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Fifteenth-century, third quarter
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: [quoniam viro non] cognosco et respondens angelus
  • Location: Fol. 10r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 62
Primary reference Number: 183672
Project ID: 780
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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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