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Missal of Notre Dame, Paris: MS 84-1972

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Missal of Notre Dame, Paris




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves (foliated i-iii) + 238 fols. + iii modern parchment flyleaves (foliated iv-vi), 336 x 225 mm (245 x 157 mm), 15-29 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords

BINDING: 1922, unstained morocco over wooden boards, by Douglas Cockerell, with gold lettering on spine by W.H. Smith & Son of Fetter Lane, label from previous binding of Part A (see Provenance) pasted inside upper cover

SECUNDO FOLIO: [per]dere cuncta

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

fols. 1r-4r Prayer of Saint Ambrose, beginning Summe sacerdos et vere pontifex (Addition III, late thirteenth century)
fol. 4r Prayer [O] bone ihesu rogo te per illam sacratissimam passionem (fifteenth-century addition)
fols. 5r-10v Calendar (fol. 5r-v is a replacement leaf as part of Addition III, late thirteenth century)
fols. 11r-66v Temporal, winter portion from Advent Sunday to Holy Saturday
fols. 67r-68v Prefaces without musical notation for the Nativity, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and for feasts of the Virgin Mary, Apostles and the Holy Cross
fols. 69r-79r Prefaces with musical notation on four-line staves (Addition I, late thirteenth century)
fols. 79v-80r Mass of St Louis, canonised 1297 (Addition II, c.1297)
fols. 81r-90v Ordinary and Canon of the Mass with musical notation on four-line staves (Addition VI, probably c.1320-1330)
fols. 91r-122v Temporal, summer portion from Easter Sunday to the Sunday before Advent (fol. 105r-v is a replacement leaf as part of Addition III, late thirteenth century)
fols. 123r-196v Sanctoral from St Stephen (26 Dec.) to St Thomas the Apostle (21 Dec.)
fols. 197r-207v Common of Saints
fols. 207v-218v Votive Masses, including Missa De angelis (fol. 207v), Missa De Sancta Cruce (fol. 208r), Missa De veneracione beate Marie (fol. 208v), and Masses for All Saints (fol. 209v), peace (fol. 210r), journeys (fol. 210v), the sick (fol. 212v), pro cunctis fidelibus (fol. 213r), priests (fol. 213v), in anniversario (fols. 213v-214r), the dead (fol. 215r-v), parents (fol. 216v), relics (fol. 217r-v), fine weather (fol. 218r), and rain (fol. 218v)
fols. 219r-231v Votive Masses (Addition III, late thirteenth century)
fols. 232r-236v Votive Masses and Propers for the feast of St Martial (Addition IV, first quarter of the fourteenth century)
fol. 237r-v Propers for the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, canonised 1323 (Addition V, c.1325)
fols. 238r-238v Prayer from the Ordinary of the Mass, Suscipe sancta trinitas; Gloria and Credo; Office of the Dead (fifteenth century additions in three hands)

Addition VI, c.1320-1330
Small framed miniature surrounded by partial bar border with vine-leaves and bird grotesque terminal: fol. 83r Standing saints on gold ground with incised diaper pattern, from left to right: St Marcellus of Paris, subduing a dragon, facing St Genevieve, threatened by a demon, holding a candle lit by angel; St Peter facing St Paul; St John the Baptist facing the Crucifixion with Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist; a tonsured figure wearing an alb kneeling in the margin on the border bar below the Crucifixion.

Addition VI, c.1320-1330
Historiated initial with three-sided foliate bar border extension: fol. 83v Canon Prayer of the Mass, [T, 4 ll.] Deacon, Subdeacon and Priest at prayer.

Original campaign, c.1200-1220
Initials [3-4 ll.] with foliate coil or large stylised leaf infill in blue, rose, white, and orange on gold and coloured grounds, some with dragon and animal motifs (e.g. fol. 99v), and a few with extensions into the margins (e.g. fols. 67r, 91r, 103v, 123r, 149v), for collects, secrets and postcommunions; red and blue initials [2 ll.] with pen flourishing, foliate and floral infill in colour wash, and surrounds in both colours for the other collects, secrets and postcommunions (e.g. fol. 20v); red and blue one-line initials with blue and red pen flourishing respectively for lesser text divisions.

Addition I, late thirteenth century, and Addition II, c.1297
Initials [4 ll.] filled with foliate and dragon motifs in blue, rose, white, and orange on gold and coloured grounds, extending into two-sided bar borders containing dragon and grotesque hybrid motifs (e.g. fols. 69r, 72r, 78r) for the Prefaces and Mass of St Louis; red and blue initials [2 ll.] with pen flourishing in both colours for collects, secrets and postcommunions.

Addition III, late thirteenth century
Red and blue initials [2-3 ll.], with blue and red foliate ornament infill for Prayer to St Ambrose (fol. 1r) and for collects, secrets and postcommunions (fols. 105r-v, 219r-231v); capitals highlighted in red.

Addition IV, first quarter of the fourteenth century
Alternate red and blue initials [2 ll.] with foliate ornament in both colours for collects, secrets and postcommunions; one-line alternate red and blue initials with pen flourishing in blue, purple and red for other text divisions.

Addition V, c.1325
Alternate red and blue initials [1-2 ll.] with blue and red pen flourishing respectively for collects, secrets and postcommunions.

Addition VI, c.1320-1330
Initials [6 ll.] with foliate coil infill in blue, rose, white, and orange on gold and coloured grounds, extending into three-sided bar borders with vine-leaf extensions (e.g. fols. 82r, 87r) for prayers of the Ordinary and Canon of the Mass; red and blue initials [1-2 ll.] with pen-flourished infill and surrounds in blue and red respectively.


History note: Library of Notre-Dame, Paris, with its eighteenth century circular ink stamp containing the standing Virgin and Child, inscribed BIBLIOT. DE L'EGLISE DE NOTRE DAME (last two words mostly obliterated), and at the top in black ink Collectarium cum Missale Ecclesiae Parisiensis (fol. 1r). It is unclear whether these proofs of ownership predate the manuscript’s division into two portions in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, designated below as A and B. They were acquired separately by Sidney Cockerell in 1922 and bound together by his brother, Douglas Cockerell. The provenance and folio numbers of the two sections are described by Cockerell in an extended note signed 14 December 1922 (fol. i recto). A (186 fols.): W.C. Norrie and Sons, cabinet makers of Dundee; their anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, London, 20-21 December 1915, lot 179; bought by Myers and Co. of Holborn on 21 December 1915; bought by Henry Walker in December 1915; his sale, Sotheby’s, London 23-24 January 1922, lot 511; bought by Messrs Thorp of Guildford on 24 January 1922; bought by Sydney Cockerell on 20 April 1922. B (52 fols.): Renier Chalon of Mons (d. 1899); his sale, Edmond Demon, Brussels, 1890, no. 15; A.J. d’Albani; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 28-30 May 1919, lot 826; bought by Quaritch; bought by Sydney Cockerell on 26 April 1922 and re-united with A. A and B: Sydney Cockerell’s sale, Sotheby’s, London 3 April 1957, lot 4; bought by Pierre Berès (Bulletin Pierre Berès 5, 25 September 1958); bought by Francis Wormald in 1958 (Wormald and Giles 1982, 557); presented to the Fitzwilliam Museum by his widow in October 1972.

Legal notes

Presented by Mrs Francis Wormald

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ North ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972) by Wormald, Francis, Mrs


13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1200 - Circa 1220


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 245 mm Width 157 mm
Page Height 336 mm Width 225 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 84-1972
Primary reference Number: 207635
Project ID: 3573
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Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 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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