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Initials from a Choir book: MS McClean 201.5a.1-41

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Current Location: In storage


Initials from a Choir book




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, musical staves ruled in red ink and fragmentary lines of text ruled in plummet on reverse
MS McClean 201.5a.1 78 x 78 mm
MS McClean 201.5a.2 82 x 79mm
MS McClean 201.5a.3 83 x 82 mm
MS McClean 201.5a.4 91 x 87mm
MS McClean 201.5a.5 82 x 84mm
MS McClean 201.5a.6 81 x 73mm
MS McClean 201.5a.7 123 x 110mm
MS McClean 201.5a.8 112 x 80mm
MS McClean 201.5a.9 115 x 80mm
MS McClean 201.5a.10 120 x 79mm
MS McClean 201.5a.11 121 x 75mm
MS McClean 201.5a.12 82 x 83mm
MS McClean 201.5a.13 110 x 84mm
MS McClean 201.5a.14 91 x 97mm
MS McClean 201.5a.15 91 x 88mm
MS McClean 201.5a.16 90 x 89mm
MS McClean 201.5a.17 82 x 82mm
MS McClean 201.5a.18 80 x 80mm
MS McClean 201.5a.19 86 x 92mm
MS McClean 201.5a.20 92 x 90mm
MS McClean 201.5a.21 184 x 57mm
MS McClean 201.5a.22 125 x 58mm
MS McClean 201.5a.23 129 x 63mm
MS McClean 201.5a.24 52 x 47mm
MS McClean 201.5a.25 94 x 73mm
MS McClean 201.5a.26 94 x 81mm
MS McClean 201.5a.27 92 x 74mm
MS McClean 201.5a.28 83 x 77mm
MS McClean 201.5a.29 82x 61mm
MS McClean 201.5a.30 83 x 85mm
MS McClean 201.5a.31 88 x 86mm
MS McClean 201.5a.32 184 x 84mm
MS McClean 201.5a.33 168 x 76mm
MS McClean 201.5a.34 83 x 163mm
MS McClean 201.5a.35 92 x 74mm
MS McClean 201.5a.36 81 x 67mm
MS McClean 201.5a.37 92 x 76mm
MS McClean 201.5a.38 88 x 72mm
MS McClean 201.5a.39 91 x 72mm
MS McClean 201.5a.40 86 x 68mm
MS McClean 201.5a.41 81 x 69mm

MS McClean 201.5a.7 On reverse, [Beatus] qui intellegit [super egenu]m et pauperem (Ps. 40:1)
MS McClean 201.5a.14 On reverse, part of the Gradale for the Feast of St John the Baptist, Misit domi[nus manum sua]m et tetigit os [meum] (Jer. 1: 9); the initial D perhaps introduced the introit for this feast, De ventre matris meae (Is. 49.1).
MS McClean 201.5a.15 On reverse, [eter]num in tua iusti[cia libera m]e inclina ad me [aurem tuam] (Ps. 30:1-2 or Ps. 70:1-2)
MS McClean 201.5a.33 On reverse, part of the Gradale for the First Sunday after Easter [Post dies octo, jan]uis clauses stetit [Jesus in medio di]scipulorum suorum et dixit [Pax vobis] (John 20.26); the initial Q may have introduced the Introit for this Mass, Quasi modo geniti infantes (2 Peter 2.2)
MS McClean 201.5a.37 On reverse [Vene]runt gentes in heredi[tatem tuam polluerunt templ]um sanctum tuum posuerunt (Ps. 78:1)

DECORATION: Forty-one cut out ornamental initials in sections of yellow, red and green on square grounds of red, blue and green with scrolling vine-stem in graded green and red with yellow foliate finials; on reverses, alternate red and blue initials, the height of the gap between staves, with blue or red pen flourishing; blue or black ink one-line initials with simple red flourishing.


History note: Frank McClean (1837–1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Twelfth century, second half
Circa 1150 CE - Circa 1199 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 201.5a.1-41
Primary reference Number: 178357
Project ID: 1489
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 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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