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Sermons: MS McClean 121

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Author: Geoffrey of Auxerre




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii eighteenth-century paper leaves + i modern paper flyleaf + 95 fols., 136 x 85 mm (115 x 70 mm), 31-32 long lines, ruled in plummet, written above top line, catchwords.

BINDING: eighteenth century, blind-tooled tan leather over pasteboards.

fols. 1r-87r Geoffrey of Auxerre, Sermons for the Temporale from the first Sunday of Advent to All Saints
fols. 87r-91r Geoffrey of Auxerre, Sermon delivered to the Council of Tours in 1163
fols. 91r-93r Geoffrey of Auxerre, Sermon Ad abbates congregatos
fols. 93v-95v Geoffrey of Auxerre, Sermon for Epiphany

ORNAMENTATION: Initials [2-5 ll.] in red (except fol. 1r, green), with letter occasionally extending into foliate forms, most commonly decorated with two dots, also red, for each new sermon.


History note: Cistercian Province of Lombardy, probably from the Cistercian Abbey of Morimondo, Diocese of Milan, as suggested by the binding, typical of Morimondo manuscripts (Ferrari 1980, 284); possibly part of the collection of Francesco Giovio (1796-1873) (Ferrari 1993, 304); paper label with 67 in brown ink on spine (Ferrari 1980, 284); U. Hoepli, Milan, cutting from sale catalogue no. 83 (1883), this book no. 143, pasted inside upper cover; purchased from him by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in 1892; his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1163 CE - Circa 1173 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: deinde simpliciter
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 121
Primary reference Number: 184168
Project ID: 748
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Audit data

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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