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Psalter

Reference code
MSS/0001
Title
Psalter
Date
Late 13th century
Level of description
item
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. iii + 243. Duodecimo. French binding, c. 1600, leather binding, olive green, gilt-tooling including festoons and a double A, gilt edges. Modern green slipcase.

Monogram (HD + MB), fol. 1, and bookstamp, fol. 243, of Honore d'Agut (m. Marguerite Blegiers, 1590), conseiller au Parlement d'Aix, 1603 (see E. Olivier, G. Hermal and R. de Rotin, Manuel de l'amateur de reliures armoriees francaises (Paris, 1929), pl. 1546, nos. 2, 4). 'Mr: R Smith', 18th century, fol. iii verso. Armorial bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, LL.D, PSA, fol. i.
Scope and content
Psalter, fols. 8v-187v, preceded by a calendar, fols. 1-6v (Gummarus, 11 Oct., and Willibrord, 7 Nov., in red), and followed by canticles, litany, office of the dead (fols. 208-34v), and commendations; late 13th century. Written in the South Netherlands. Full-page Crucifixion before the Psalter, fol. 7v, and ten historiated initials in the Psalter, fols. 8v, 37, 54v, 70, 71, 87, 108, 128, 130v, 148v. Small initials (occupations of the months) and roundels containing signs of the zodiac in the calendar. Smaller initials, red, blue and gold, and penwork marginal decoration throughout. Ninth lesson of the office of the dead is 'Ecce mysterium' (fol. 225).
Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 295.
Previous reference number(s)
SAL/MS/1
Archival history
Lyttelton bequest.
Language
Latin
Related units of description
Minute Book XI, 12 Jan. 1769, p.8.