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Commentum in Matthaeum: MS McClean 113

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Current Location: In storage


Commentum in Matthaeum


Author: St Jerome




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + 114 fols. (early brown ink foliation) + i medieval parchment flyleaf + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 342 x 222 mm (245 x 140 mm), two columns, 32 lines, ruled in plummet, written above top line, numerical quire marks in red ink, running headers

BINDING: twentieth century, stiff board vellum

fols. 1v-5r Remigius of Auxerre, In Matthaeum
fols. 5r – 7r Capitula for St Matthew’s Gospel
fols. 7r – 114r St Jerome, Commentum in Matthaeum, with Prologue, fols. 7r–9r

ORNAMENTATION: Ornamental initials [1-29 ll.] in blue, green, red and yellow wash, with geometric and foliate motifs partly embedded within blank sections of the letter, for the Prologue to St Matthew’s Gospel (fol. 1v), St Jerome’s Commentary (fol. 7r), and its books (fols. 9r, 36r, 60v, 87r); ornamental initials [1-3 ll.] in red, light blue or green, some with minor geometric and foliate motifs, occasionally with penwork decoration in contrasting colour, for the rubric to Capitula (fol. 5r), the Prologue to St Jerome’s Commentary (fol. 7r), and for its lesser divisions; one-line initials in red, light blue or green, for minor text divisions and occasional running headers; display script [1-3 ll.] in red, light blue and occasionally green, with minor ornamentation in the same or contrasting colour, for text following initials to the Prologues to St Matthew’s Gospel (fol. 1v), to St Jerome’s Commentary (fol. 7r), to Bks II and III (fols. 36r, 60v), and for the ex libris (fol. 114v); numerical quire marks in red or black, occasionally framed and ornamented; paraph marks in red, occasionally pen-flourished.


History note: Written and illuminated in the Cistercian Abbey of Morimondo, diocese of Milan (fol. 114v, ex libris in the same hand as the rubrics: Liber sancte marie de morimundo; no. 13 in the twelfth-century library inventory; Leclercq 1961, 177, no. 13, Item iheronimus super matheum); remained in the Abbey until at least the fifteenth century, as revealed by two ex libris, the first on the recto of the rear parchment flyleaf, written upside-down in a thirteenth- or fourteenth-century hand: Liber Sancte Marie de Morimundo ordinis cysterciensis. Medioleni (sic) diocesis, the second on fol. 1r in an Italian hand of the fifteenth century: Liber Sancte Marie de Morimundo Mediolanus Diocesis / Siquis furatus eum fuerit Anathema sit No x vijii; possibly part of the collection of Francesco Giovio (1796-1873) (Ferrari 1993, 299); U. Hoepli, Milan, catalogue no. 83 (1883), no. 61; bought from him in Milan by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in 1892; his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, second half#
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1180 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
20TH Whole

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: non esse verum deum
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 113
Primary reference Number: 184065
Project ID: 615
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 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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