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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern paper flyleaf + ii parchment flyleaves + 555 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves + i modern paper flyleaf, 227 x 162 mm (148 x 100 mm), two columns, 46-47 lines (except fols. 524r-555r, three columns, 49 lines), ruled in plummet and ink, written below top line, running headers, quire and leaf signatures, leaf lost after fol. 523, fol. 555 mutilated (outer column excised)

BINDING: eighteenth century, c.1780, France, purple morocco over pasteboards, sewn on five supports, tooled in gold with rays of IHS monogram with cherubim in centre and doves of Holy Spirit at corners, gilt and gauffered edges

SECUNDO FOLIO: [fle]tatus est

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

fols. 1r-523v Old and New Testaments with Prologues (ends imperfectly)
fols. 524r-555r Interpretation of Hebrew Names

Blue, red and pink initials [6-46 ll.] highlighted with white geometric patterns, framed in gold, with foliate and dragon motifs and fish, on grounds of contrasting colours or gold, with short border extensions, for beginning of books and prologues (e.g. fols. 167v, 262v, 263r, 438r); alternate red and blue initials [2-10 ll.] with red and blue pen-flourished extensions, some with large feathery motifs, for chapters and psalms (e.g. fols. 148v, 262v); red and blue penwork line fillers, some in the form of fish or geometric patterns (e.g. fols. 50v, 114v, 357r); alternate one-line blue and red capitals for Psalms verses; alternate one-line blue and red Roman numerals for chapters, with pen flourishing in the same colours; textual corrections, including omitted words, often placed in the mouths of red and blue penwork fish and dragons (e.g. fols. 134v, 168r, 342v); running headers in alternate red and blue characters, some embellished with fish motifs (e.g. fol. 1r); red and blue paraph marks; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), acquired in 1808, his no. 139 (fol. 1r); his bequest, 1816.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Richard Fitzwilliam, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ Northern ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


13th Century
Circa 1230 CE - Circa 1250


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 148 mm Width 100 mm
Page Height 227 mm Width 162 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: fletatus est
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 3
Primary reference Number: 118768
Project ID: 272
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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