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Psalter (Gallican) with glosses from the Glossa Ordinaria: MS McClean 33

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Psalter (Gallican) with glosses from the Glossa Ordinaria




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern parchment flyleaf + 166 fols. + i modern parchment flyleaf, 150 x 248 mm (138 x 175 mm, main text 59 x 175 mm), 19 long lines of main text, written above top line, ruled in hard point

BINDING: nineteenth century, half leather and marbled paper over pasteboards

SECUNDO FOLIO: quare fremuerunt (fol. 3r)

fols. 1r-2r Preface to the Psalms, beginning Ebraice liber est intulatur liber ymnorum (Stegmüller 1950-1980, nos. 9794, 9848, 10474)
fols. 2r-156r Psalms 1-150 with glosses excerpted from the Glossa Ordinaria
fols. 156v-166r Canticles
fol. 166v Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae, excerpt from Book V, par. 6, 15-25 (thirteenth-century addition)

SCRIPT: Late Caroline minuscule

Historiated initial in red penwork with foliage terminal and blue background: fol. 102v Psalm 109, [D, 5 ll.] Bust of a man.

Zoomorphic inhabited initial in red, blue, green and beige on a bright blue and red ground, incorporating a dragon, beast head and gold interlace terminals, and a man clambering within foliage coils: fol. 2r Psalm 1, [B, 14 ll.]; red penwork initial containing a beast head and griffin: fol. 65r Psalm 68, [S, 4 ll.]; red or blue penwork initials [2-3 ll.], the larger ones marking the eightfold liturgical divisions of the Psalter, but also highlighted are Psalms 21, 33, 41, 50; red and blue display script.


History note: Guglielmo Libri (1802-1869); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 28 March 1859, lot 841; Thomas Bateman (1821-1861); to his son and heir, Thomas William Bateman; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 25 May 1893, lot 1411; Frank McClean (1836-1904); his bequest, 1904.

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Bequeathed by Frank McClean

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century
Production date: circa AD 1125


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 138 mm Width 175 mm
Page Height 150 mm Width 248 mm
Main Text Height 59 mm Width 175 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 33
Primary reference Number: 207637
Project ID: 798
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Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Tuesday 18 July 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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