book of hours; type of text
use of Rome; liturgical use
circa 1450 circa 1475
fifteenth century, third quarter
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii parchment flyleaves + 170 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves (parts of a fifteenth-century will), 129 x 95 mm (89 x 54 mm), 16 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords, leaves lost between fols. 62–63 and 109–110
BINDING: Eighteenth century, black tooled leather over earlier wooden boards, traces of two fastening devices on fore-edge, edges stained blue, repaired by Robert Proctor at the Fitzwilliam Museum in the 1990s
fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13r–85v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 86r–107r Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 107v–109v Antiphon Introibo ad altare dei, followed by Ps. 42, Iudica me Deus, and other prayers recited at the foot of the altar during the Mass of the Cathechumens (later addition)
fols. 110r–156v Office of the Dead
fols. 157r–168r Short Hours of the Cross
fols. 168r–170r Grace before and after meal (later addition)
ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink initials [6–8 ll.] with white floral pattern on gold grounds, with floral infill and stylized foliate extensions forming two- or three-sided borders; alternate red and blue penwork initials [1–2 ll.] with violet or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; geometric and foliate penwork linefillers.
Italy, production, region
bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank (1837-1904)
Purchased by Frank McClean (1836-1904) in Rome (James 1912, 147); his bequest, 1904.
McClean, Frank; previous owner
While the Calendar contains no local saints, the Litany points to Lombardy (Saints Bassianus of Lodi, Syrus of Pavia and Lanfranc of Pavia), but also includes St Zeno of Verona. The long list of female saints in the Litany, including Elizabeth, Clare, Justina, Anastasia, Julita, Veronica and Ursula suggests that the manuscript may have been intended for a woman. The partial will on the two flyleaves includes a mention of the river Po and lists among the legatees D. Yeronimus de Mangiariis and his brother John Paul, a doctor of law, Ric. De Sachetis, and his brother Bartolinus.
secundo folio; fol. 14r; gracia plena dominus
James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1895. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 147-48
Object Number: MS McClean 73
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 118780; input: 2005-05-31; modified: 2012-08-29)