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Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
188 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 260 x 181 (190 x 130) mm bound to 268 x 197 mm.


Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
Ms. Psalter. Part I (ff. 14-105v, 107-137v, 140-149v) written and illuminated ca. 1300, probably in southeast of England. Evidence for patronage and more precise localization removed, owing to the missing calendar and the replaced litany of ca. 1300. In Part II (ff. 106-106v, 138-139v, 150-188v) of early 15th century, some canticles rewritten and most of the litany of ca. 1300 replaced by ferial litanies of Sarum use. The added parts, "De laude psalmorum," the Office of the Dead, and the Commendation of the Soul, written and illuminated in early 15th century, in England.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • Prefatory cycle of 13 full-page miniatures, from the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary to the Coronation of the Virgin (fol. 1v-13r), Ferial Canticles and Athanasian Creed followed by prayers (fol. 137v-149v), Litany with petitions and prayers (fol. 149v-155v), De usu psalmorum by Alcuin (fol. 155v-158r), Office of the Dead, use of Sarum (fol. 161r-188v).
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. iii (later paper) + 188 + iii (later paper) ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: Parchment ; ff. 14-105v, 107-137v, 140-149v, (185 x 125) mm., single column of 21 lines, ruled 8 mm. apart; ff. 106-106v, 138-139v, (176 x 128) mm., single column of 21 lines, ruled 9 mm; ff. 150-160v, (176 x 128) mm., two columns of 21 lines, ruled 9 mm. apart.
  • Description: watermarks (later endpapers only: fleur-de-lis).
  • Decoration: English Gothic miniatures and decoration. 13 full-page miniatures preceding Psalter; 10 historiated initials; 1-5-line decorated initials in gold and various colors; line-endings in gold and blue. Some decoration incorporating animals heads and flora. See the entry in Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 36-38 for a detailed description of the decoration.
Binding note
18th-century, English mottled brown calf covers with stamped patterns of shells alongside spine and with double rulings in gold. Spine rebacked in brown calf. Pastedowns and flyleaves have floral pattern in gold.
Language note
  • Textualis semi-quadrata;
  • Textualis quadrata.
Unknown early provenance. Barne Robertes, signature of 16th century, on f. 1r. "LB" and pen-trial on f. 1r. Penned capitals of "ESD: BL" in bottom margin of the ruled page, f. 160v. Modern provenance unknown. Modern penciled note, "P10" in top margin of f. 1r. Robert Garrett purchased the manuscript at an unknown date. His gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
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Other title(s)
  • Psalter, ca. 1300
  • Athanasian Creed.
  • Ferial Canticles.
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