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Hours: MS 338

Object information

Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + 121 fols. + i paper flyleaf, 110 x 75 mm (62 x 42 mm), 17 long lines, ruled in hardpoint, quire and leaf signatures, catchwords, leaves lost between fols. 45-46, 54-55, 69-70

BINDING: Twentieth century, gold-tooled vellum over paste boards.

fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 13r-28r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 28v-42r Hours of the Passion
fols. 42v-45v Hours of the Holy Spirit (ends imperfectly)
fols. 46r-69v Office of the Dead (begins imperfectly, leaves lost before fols. 46 and 55; fol. 65 mis-bound after fol. 69)
fols. 70r-116r Hours of the Virgin (begins imperfectly, leaf lost before fol. 70), with prayer Salve Regina (fol. 104) and variants for weekdays and special seasons
fols. 116v-121r Mass of the Virgin

DECORATION: Half-page framed miniature accompanied by a full architectural border consisting of coloured marble pilasters and a laurel leaf frieze encased within a brick wall, with two putti seated in the foreground, one playing a viol, the other a cittern: fol. 13r Penitential Psalms, King David playing a cittern.

Two full historiated borders: fol. 28v Hours of the Passion, The empty Cross set in a landscape and flanked by two elaborate torch-holders with flaming tops and the text illusionistically suspended from them; fol. 42v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost in a landscape seen through an architectural structure framed between two marble pillars, with the text illusionistically suspended from the lintel, which shows the lower half of an epigraphic inscription, NOBIS SPIRITVS SIT (the opening words of the hymn on the same page).

Historiated initials [8 ll.] formed of acanthus on coloured grounds, accompanied by one-sided bar and acanthus borders, and enclosing landscape views for the Hours of the Virgin (fols. 84r, 87v, 90v, 93r, 100v)

ORNAMENTATION: Blue acanthus initials [4-5 ll.] with gold highlights and foliate extensions for some of the main text division (e.g. fols. 28v, 42v); brown acanthus initial [V, 4 ll.] with gold ink highlights and blue infill on pink ground for Psalm 94 in the invitatory of the Office of the Dead (fol. 49r); alternate blue and red initials [2 ll.] with pale pink or violet pen flourishing; alternate blue and red one-line initials.


History note: Alfred Aaron de Pass (1861-1952); his gift, 1933.

Place(s) associated

  • Mantua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by Aaron de Pass, Alfred


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Circa 1470 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: Exaudivit dominus
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 338
Primary reference Number: 183609
Project ID: 3497
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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