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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, xiv paper flyleaves (modern pencil foliation I – XV) + 174 fols. + xxiii paper flyleaves (modern pencil foliation 175 – 180, 180a, 180b, 181 – 193, XVI – XVII), 157 x 123 (125 x 89) mm, 16 long lines, ruled in brown ink

BINDING: 17th century, brown leather over wooden boards, leather and brass straps on lower cover, brass catchplates on upper cover, parchment tabs, re-backed and repaired

CONTENTS: Fols. 3r – 172v Psalter, Gallican, with Canticles, Te Deum, Pater Noster, Apostles Creed, and Quicumque vult.

DECORATION: Eight full-page framed miniatures on gold grounds:
fol. 1r Annunciation; fol. 1v Nativity; fol. 2r Ascension; fol. 2v Christ in Majesty with heads of Evangelists’ symbols; fol. 173r Adoration of the Magi; fol. 173v Flagellation; fol. 174r Crucifixion; fol. 174v Resurrection.

Historiated initial in blue on gold ground within green and red frame:
fol. 25r Psalm 26, [D, 10 ll.] man standing within initial and pointing at text.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue, red and green stylized foliage initials [9 – 10 ll.] on gold ground within green and red frames for Psalms 1, 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 101, and 109 (fols. 3r, 40r, 53v, 54v, 68v, 86v, 104r, 107r, 123r); alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [3 – 4 ll.] for remaining Psalms and Canticles; alternate red and blue one-line penwork verse initials.


History note: Howell Wills (1854 – 1901), his manuscript A.IV.93 (label inside upper cover); purchased at his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11-17 July 1894, lot 1330.

Place(s) associated

  • Regensburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1894) by Wills, Howell


13th Century#
Circa 1270 CE - Circa 1280 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 125 mm Width 89 mm
Page Height 157 mm Width 123 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ad eos in ira sua
  • Location: Fol. 4r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 239
Primary reference Number: 169752
Project ID: 433
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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