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Breviary-Capitulary: MS McClean 60

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Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + 287 fols. (foliated i-vi, 1-281) + iii paper flyleaves, 254 x 176 mm (162 x 122 mm), two columns, 23 lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords

BINDING: Contemporary and twentieth century, rebound in 1995 by Annie Winther at the Fitzwilliam Museum, new brown-stained calf over original wooden boards, fragmentary original covers of blind-stamped calf pasted over new calf, traces of two fastening devices on original upper cover.

fols. i recto - vi verso Calendar
fols. 1r-115r Temporal, Advent Sunday to end of November, ending with the readings from the books of the prophets in November
fols. 115r-122v Liturgical Directions for the Franciscan Office for the Church year ending with the ferial antiphons before Christmas
fols. 123r-204r Sanctoral from the feast of St Andrew (30 Nov.) to the feast of St Katherine (25 Nov.)
fols. 204v-216v Common of the Saints
fols. 216v-224v Offices of the Virgin
fols. 224v-230r Office of the Dead
fols. 230r-233v Offices for the Visitation of the Sick and the Last Rites
fols. 233v-242r Commendation of the Soul
fols. 242r-245r Blessings (Graces) for Meals, marking the end of the original text
fols. 245r-261v Offices of the Transfiguration, the Immaculate Conception and the Transitus commemoration of St Francis (addition)
fols. 262r-273v Ceremonial, Incipit ordo officii tam in festivis quam in ferialibus diebus (addition)
fols. 273v-275v Liturgical Statutes of the Franciscan Order (1254 Statutes of Metz) (addition)
fols. 275v-281v Ordo for private and ferial Masses (addition)

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [2 - 6 ll.] containing foliage and geometric patterns, in some cases silhouetted against red and blue backgrounds, some with large penwork extensions, the larger initials with parti-coloured stems (e.g. fols. 1r, 123r, 249r).


History note: A Franciscan convent in Siena; purchased from Payne and Foss in 1848 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872 ), his MS 12288 (inscribed inside upper cover); his sale, Sotheby's, London, 10-17 June 1896, lot 139 (ā€˜Ex bibl. Phillipps '96, no.139ā€™ inscribed inside upper cover)

Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1480 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [Ite] obviam. Et dicitur
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 60
Primary reference Number: 182112
Project ID: 782
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 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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