By Montague Rhodes James
M. R. James (1862-1936) is perhaps most sensible remembered as a author of chilling ghost tales, yet he was once an exceptional student of medieval literature and palaeography, who served either as Provost of King's university, Cambridge, and as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and plenty of of his tales mirror his educational history. His descriptive catalogues of manuscripts owned by way of schools, cathedrals and museums are nonetheless of price to researchers this day. This quantity describes the McClean assortment, bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1904 via Frank McClean, a Victorian polymath who was once a civil engineer by means of occupation but additionally pursued clinical examine and the gathering of antiquities, together with the 201 manuscripts and 230 early revealed books now within the Fitzwilliam Museum. The booklet is illustrated with 108 plates exhibiting folios from the gathering.
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Prol. Danihelem prophetam Incipit Danihel propheta Anno tercio decimo Ioachim. These words occupy a whole column (col. 2, f. 38 a). They are in red, green and blue capitals. The initial A in blue, very large. Ends f. 57. Expl. Dan. propheta uersuum numero I DCCC L. Prologue to the xii Prophets. Non idem ordo (in red, green, blue capitals) Each prophet has, or has had, a large initial. That to Amos is cut out. That to Obadiah has fine white and green foliage and grotesque heads on blue ground, f.
24 CATALOGUE OF MANUSCRIPTS. [l2- 2 Par. Solomon kneels at altar. Esdr. Mason building; below, man with pack on yoke; at bottom, Cyrus. Nehemiah presents cup to king. Toiii reclining. Bird flies away. Esdr. ii. Decorative. Judith beheads Holofernes. Esther touches sceptre of Ahasuerus above: below, Haman hanging. Job seated. Wife on R. Psalter. i. David plays harp; xxvi. Samuel anoints David : xxxviii. ; li. ; lii. Fool with club and cake; lxviii. Christ above, David in water below; lxxx. David plays on bells, xcvii.
E. of Birds. Large cock crowing on L. Other birds in spandrels. /. of Eve. Beasts in spandrels. g. Christ seated with globe blessing. Evangelistic emblems in spandrels. The small quatrefoils contain : a. Two dogs. b. Four rabbits, their heads in centre. c. Two birds, d. Cat and mouse, e. ) with one head in centre, f. Centaur. II] MCCLEAN COLLECTION. 21 Exodus. Moses in hat with staff leads small Israelites to R. Lev. Christ speaks to Moses horned standing in doorway on R. Num. Christ: Moses horned with tables.