Fagel Missal. IE TCD MS 81 Public Deposited

Fagel Missal. IE TCD MS 81

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 81
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Date Created
  • circa 1459-1460
  • IE TCD MS 81, The Fagel Missal, contains instructions for celebrating Catholic religious services on different occasions, many of which are lavishly decorated.Script: Single hand, that of a certain Margaret. See folio 213: on the page for the service of St Margaret is written: ‘anno domini m’o cccc’o lix’o Octobris ydibus est liber iste finitus, uirgo que scripsit nomen huius habens’ (In the year of Our Lord 1459 on the ides of October this book was finished. The virgin who wrote it has this name); this text is positioned beside the name ‘Margaret’. On folio 97 the scribe also recorded that her work was undertaken in the monastery of St Agnes, a convent in Delft under the rule of St Augustine.Date of creation: Dates 1459 (on 213) and 1460 (on 97) occur in scrolls.Extent: 271 leaves, plus five blank medieval parchment flyleaves, three at the front and two at the end of the codex.Binding: Bound prior to arrival in Trinity College Dublin by the Dublin bookbinder George Mullen in fine-grain black morocco, blind-tooled and gilt-tooled intricately; doublures have elaborate designs in gilt, red, and green which include floral motifs; inside lower cover is, stamped in gilt, ‘Compactus Georgio Mullen Dublinensi MDCCCXXXI’; gauffered gilt edges.The decoration of the codex is of highest quality. Full borders and partial borders of flowers, foliage, vine-stems and sometimes fruit are in gold and colours; other (partial) borders formed by red and blue flourishes extending from initials into margins. Both kinds of borders are sometimes inhabited chiefly by bird(s) or beast(s). Two full-page illustrations in gold and colours (10v, 159v).For a fuller description of MS 81 see:
Collection title
  • Fagel Collection
  • In 1802 Trinity College Dublin purchased the codex along with the rest of the Fagel library, formerly in The Hague.
Resource type
  • iron-gall ink
  • vellum (parchment)
  • Dutch
Digital Object Id
  • MS81_001
  • 0137724


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