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Book of hours: MS McClean 66

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii parchment flyleaves + 175 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 78 x 56 mm (43 x 29 mm), 15 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, black leather over wooden boards, traces of a pair of fastening devices on fore-edge, edges tinted violet, kept in a brown blind-tooled leather case.

CONTENTS:
fol. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13r–94v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 95r–117r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 122v–171v Office of the Dead
fols. 172r–175r Short Hours of the Cross

DECORATION: Five historiated initials in pink or green, with white floral motifs and acanthus extensions on gold grounds for major text divisions: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 10 ll.] Annunciation, with full floral and spraywork border framed within gold bars and containing a lozenge-shaped vignette with a bird and a wreath medallion with space left blank for a coat of arms; fol. 29v Hours of the Virgin for the Advent season, Matins, [I, 15 ll.] Virgin and Child, the full-length figure of the Virgin forming the shaft of the initial, with one-sided floral and spraywork border; fol. 95r Penitential Psalms, [D, 8 ll.] David penitent, with full floral, spraywork and bar border; fol. 122v Office of the Dead, [D, 9 ll.] Skull on grassy background, with full border containing flowers, acanthus, spraywork with gold balls, and gold and blue bars; fol. 172r Short Hours of the Cross, [P, 5 ll.] The Cross and Instruments of the Passion, with two-sided floral, spraywork and acanthus border .

ORNAMENTATION: Pink or green initials [5–8 ll.] with white floral motifs and acanthus extensions on gold grounds, and partial floral and spraywork borders for lesser text divisions; alternate blue and gold initials [1-2 ll.] with red or violet pen flourishing.

Notes

History note: Ownership inscription on first flyleaf at front: Francisci de Bassis S.V.B. et S[anc]ti Bartholomei Rigii Pastoris 1665. nunc vero Congreg. S. Caroli. 9; label with the number 83 on upper cover; acquired by Frank McClean (1837–1904) in 1892 in Rome (James 1912a, 135); his bequest 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Ferrara ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD/CE 1470

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Materials used in production

Pigment
Ink
Gold

Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [confes]sione et in psalmis
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 66
Primary reference Number: 118787
Project ID: 777
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Book of hours" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/118787 Accessed: 2021-12-09 14:29:02

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