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PSALTER

MRJ number: 
118
College classmark: 
E.15

    Vellum, 5 x 3.75, ff. 174 + 5, 20 lines to a page.  13th cent., well written.

Vellum wrapper.

    Given by W. Beale, Master, 1638.                                         2 fo. qui non.

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18 - 108 114 128 - 228 (wants 4) 234 (wants 4), 4 flyleaves.

    Contents:           

         Psalter, beginning imperfectly on Ps. i. 1: qui non habiit    .         .      f. 1

         Cantica           .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .        153b

         Litany             .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .        167

         Office of the Dead    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .        168b

    Each page has a border on 3 sides, L. top and bottom.  It consists of

a band of blue or pink (on alternate pages) on the L. with white patterns

on which  the gold initials are set; these are filled with blue or pink.  At

top and bottom are bars of blue, gold and pink, with white feather patterns:

these are turned respectively upward and downward at the ends.  There

are also historiated initials with gold grounds, viz.:

    Dominus illuminatio.  David crowned stands pointing to his eye: the Divine Hand

above an altar on R.

    Dixit custodiam.  Similar.

    Quid gloriaris.  David crowned: a devil (defaced) with scroll on R.  

    Dixit insipiens.  David crowned: bare-legged fool in tunic with stick on R.

    Salvum me fac.  Christ above, half-length: David crowned, nude, in water below.

    Exultate.  David sits playing on three bells hung on R. 

    Cantate.  Two clerks in albs facing R., the one on R. holds book: lectern on R.

    Domine exaudi.  David faces altar on R.  Divine Hand above it.

    Dixit dominus.  John Baptist kneeling within a battlemented wall at base of a

tower.  An executioner on R. beheads him.

A leaf has been cut out of the Litany containing most of the invocations of the Saints.  Those which remain are scratched through with a pen.  They are legible but do not convey clear information as to the provenance.

The kalendar is also gone.

    I have no doubt that the book is from Flanders.  It closely resembles one at Trinity College (R.10.5) and I have seen others of the same kind.

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