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Commentarium in Cantica canticorum: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 8

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Commentarium in Cantica canticorum






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern parchment flyleaf + 95 fols. + i modern parchment flyleaf, 195 x 140 mm (140 x 95 mm), 25-26 long lines, ruled in hard point and plummet, quire marks, leaves lost after fols. 17 and 22

BINDING: nineteenth century, blind-tooled brown morocco over pasteboards

SECUNDO FOLIO: agnoscitur. Possibilitas

SCRIPT: Caroline minuscule

fols. 1v-95v Origen, Commentarium in Cantica canticorum in the Latin translation of Rufinus of Aquileia (ed. Baehrens 1923, 61-198)

Initial [E, 6 ll.] drawn in red ink, with coiled foliate infill on green ground, followed by opening words in red capitals with green wash, for Commentarium in Cantica canticorum, Bk I (fol. 1v); red initials [3-4 ll.] with blue and green infill for Bks II-III (fols. 30v, 66r); quire marks surrounded by red and brown ink dots (fourteenth-century addition).


History note: At the Franciscan convent in Assisi by 1381 when it was listed in the catalogue of Fra Giovanni Ioli (Cenci 1981, I, 32, 222, no. 328); still there in the seventeenth century and up until the mid-nineteenth century, as it was recorded in the inventories of 1600, 1665 and 1844-1845 (Cenci 1981, II, 495, 514, 597); John Henry Middleton (1846-1896), note in his hand describing the manuscript (fol. i verso); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 26-27 April 1897, lot 338; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919); his gift, 1904.

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Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 195 mm
Width: 140 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1905) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


11th-12th Century
1050 - 1150


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

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Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 8
Primary reference Number: 207633
Project ID: 1315
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Created: Thursday 14 January 2016 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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