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Breviary: MS McClean 62

Object information

Current Location: In storage






PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 413 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 129 x 91 mm (90 x 65 mm), two columns, 36 lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords, one leaf missing before fol. 121, another before fol. 189, and a third before fol. 370.

BINDING: Seventeenth century, blind-stamped vellum over pasteboards, sewn on three supports.

fol. 1r Calendar for January
fol. 1v Prayer Adoro te piissime, with a note in Italian stating that it should be said at the elevation of the chalice to gain an indulgence granted by Pope Sixtus IV in 1473
fols. 2r-7v Calendar
fol. 8r-v Computistical tables for the moveable feasts beginning in 1431
fols. 9r-120v Temporal, beginning with the rubric: Incipit ordo breviarii nocturni officii secundum consuetudinem romane curie ac ordinis fratrum minorum
fols. 121r -167v Liturgical Psalter (begins imperfectly)
fols. 167v-170v Canticles
fols. 171r-182v Hymnal
fols. 183r-184r Office of St Anne
fols. 184r-187r Bull of Canonisation of St Bernardino
fols. 189r-355r Sanctoral (begins imperfectly)
fols. 355v-360r Office of the Conception of the Virgin
fols. 360v-369v Offices of the Visitation of the Virgin and its Octave
fols. 370r-390r Common of the Saints (begins imperfectly)
fols. 390v-392v Office for the Dedication of a Church
fols. 392v-396v Offices of the Virgin
fols. 397r-404v General Rubrics on the grading of feasts (addition)
fols. 405r-406r Indulgence of Sixtus IV issued 19 Nov. 1480 (addition)
fol. 411Office for the Conversion of St Paul
fols. 412r-413v Lesson III of Holy Saturday Matins with musical notation, Incipit oratio Jeremie. Recordare domine quid acciderit

DECORATION: Twenty-three historiated initials on coloured grounds with border extensions of black sprays containing foliage, flowers and gold trefoils and balls: fol. 9r First Lesson of Matins of Advent Sunday, [V, 8 ll.] Bust of St Paul holding sword and book; fol. 21r First Lesson of Matins for Christmas Day, [P, 8 ll.] Half-length figure of the Virgin adoring the Child; fol. 31v First Lesson of Matins for Epiphany, [O, 8 ll.] Adoration of the Magi; fol. 68r Invitatory for Easter Sunday, [S, 9 ll.] Three-quarter length figure of Christ rising from the Tomb; fol. 81r Responsory to the First Matins Lesson of Ascension Day, [P. 8 ll.] Ascension; fol. 87r Antiphon to the Matins psalms for Pentecost, [F, 8 ll.] Holy Spirit above three heads of apostles; fol. 128r Psalm 26, [D, 8 ll.] Bust of David pointing to eye; fol. 137r Psalm 52, [D, 8 ll.] Fool; fol. 141r Psalm 68, [S, 8 ll.] David naked in prayer; fol. 147v Psalm 80, [E, 7 ll.] Bust of David with psaltery; fol. 203v Collect at First Vespers for the Purification, [O, 8 ll.] Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (in stead of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple); fol. 212r Collect for First Vespers for the Annunciation, [D, 10 ll.] Half-length figures of the Annunciation; fol. 245v Collect for First Vespers for Saints Peter and Paul, [D, 7 ll.] Busts of Saints Peter and Paul in conversation; fol. 248v First Matins Lesson for the Visitation, [B, 8 ll.] Bust-length figures of the Visitation; fol. 277v Collect for First Vespers for St Laurence, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Laurence; fol. 282r Collect for First Vespers for St Clare, [F, 7 ll.] Bust of St Clare holding a monstrance; fol. 299v Collect at first Vespers for the Nativity of the Virgin, [F, 8 ll.] St Anne holding the swaddled Virgin; fol. 321r Collect for First Vespers of St Francis, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Francis holding a cross; fol. 329v First Matins Lesson for the Sixth Day of the Octave of St Francis, [F, 7 ll.] St Francis receiving the Stigmata; fol. 336v Collect for First Vespers for Saints Simon and Jude, [D, 5 ll.] Busts of Saints Simon and Jude; fol. 337r Collect for First Vespers for All Saints, [O, 7 ll.] Heads of six saints; fol. 343r Collect for First Vespers for St Martin, [D, 7 ll.] Bust of St Martin blessing; fol. 348v Collect for First Vespers for St Cecilia, [D, 5 ll.] Bust of St Cecilia; fol. 353r Collect for First Vespers for St Catherine, [D, 9 ll.] St Catherine holding a palm.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue and red parted initials [9 ll.] with purple and red pen-flourished infill, frames and extensions; alternate red and blue penwork initials [4-8 ll.] with purple or red pen-flourished foliate or geometric infill and extensions (e.g. fol. 90r - Trinity Sunday, fol. 91v - Corpus Christi, fols. 133r, 152r, 158v, 290r); alternate red and blue penwork initials [3 ll.] with blue or purple pen flourishing; alternate blue and red penwork initials [2 ll.].


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

Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1475

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: [quoniam viro non] cognosco et respondens angelus
  • Location: Fol. 10r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 62
Primary reference Number: 183672
Project ID: 780
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 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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