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Gospel Book: MS 241

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Current Location: In storage


Gospel Book




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 109 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 283 x 191 (204 x 136) mm, 2 columns, 32 lines, ruled in plummet, running headers.

BINDING: 18th century, brown calf over pasteboards, partially erased arms of Park Abbey, Louvain, gold-stamped on both covers

CONTENTS: fols. 1v – 34v Gospel of St Mattew, with prologues, capitula, and argumentum; fols. 34v – 53v Gospel of St Mark, with prologue and capitula; fols. 53v – 85v Gospel of St Luke, with prologue and capitula; fols. 85v – 109r Gospel of St John, with prologue and capitula.

DECORATION: Historiated initial [L, 32 ll.] framed and occupying left-hand text column: fol. 7v St Matthew’s Gospel, Four medallions with busts of Evangelists, the second holding a book, the other three with scrolls.

ORNAMENTATION: Multicoloured initials formed of and filled with coiled foliage, hybrid beasts, and human heads on gold grounds, and accompanied by the first words of text in gold or alternate blue, red and green capitals, occupying full page at the beginning of St John’s Gospel (fol. 87v), one text column at the beginning of St Marc’s Gospel (fols. 36r; initial for St Luke’s Gospel on fol. 55v cut out), and 8 – 25 lines at prologues (fols. 1v, 2v, 4r, 5r, 5v, 34v, 85v); blue, red and green penwork initials [1 – 4 ll.] with pen-flourished ornament in alternate colours.


History note: Park Abbey, Leuven (eighteenth-century pressmark ‘J. theca .ii.’ verso of flyleaf at front); among the 374 volumes sold by Park Abbey in 1829 (sale catalogue, 38, no. 15); Abbey of St Peter, Ghent (inscription inside upper cover); Pierre-Philippe-Constant Lammens (1762 – 1836), librarian of the University of Ghent (ex-libris inside upper cover, his catalogue, II, 393, no. 8); Jean de Meyer; his sale, Ghent, 2 Nov. 1868, sale catalogue, 17, no. 67; purchased by Muller for 500 fr.; Pierre-Henri Gélis-Didot (1853 – 1902) (bookplate inside upper cover); his sale, Paris, 12 – 13 April 1897, lot 2; purchased for the Museum from Messrs Maggs in 1897.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1897) by Maggs, Messrs


Mid-12th Century
Production date: circa AD 1250

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 204 mm Width 136 mm
Page Height 283 mm Width 191 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [corri]gimus. Neque
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 241
Primary reference Number: 169754
Project ID: 96
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 June 2021 Last processed: Friday 11 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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