PSALTER WITH CANTICLES, LITANY AND ORDINAL

MS 1368
MS Short Title PSALTER WITH CANTICLES, LITANY AND ORDINAL
Text
  1. BIBLE: PSALMS 39 - 150
  2. CANTICLES AND LITANY
  3. TABLE CONTEYNING THE NAMES OF THE PSALMES AFTER THE ORDER OF THE ALPHABET
  4. ORDINAL
Description MS in Latin and Elizabethan English (text 3) on vellum and paper (text 3), London?, ca. 1320-30, 14th c. (text 4) & late 16th c. (text 3), 112+4 (text 3) ff. (-60), 17x12 cm, single column, (13x7 cm), 20 lines in a rotunda Gothic book script of medium quality, and italic book script (text 3), ca. 1240 linefillers in red or blue including dragons blowing fire, grotesques, heads of kings, bishops, women, fishes, dogs, birds of prey, magpies, jays, thrushes, storks, owls, etc., in endless profusion and variety, 5 large, 4- to 10-line, historiated initials in colours and tracery on highly burnished and tooled gold grounds with branching 3/4 to full borders.
Binding England, 16th c., calf gilt over wooden boards, central floral plaque flanked by initials "T" "H" "M", sewn on 4 thongs, 8 brass corner pieces.
Provenance 1. Franciscan Nunnery of the Virgin and St. Francis, without Aldgate, London (ca. 1330- 1539); 2. William Wraye, England (16th c.); 3. Sotheby's 18.6.1991:77.
Commentary The illumination of the historiated initials with the exaggerated postures of the figures can be compared with those of the Walter of Milemete manuscripts made in London ca. 1326-27, and the borders can be compared with those of the London Liber Custumarum of ca. 1321 (cf. L.M. Sandler. Gothic Manuscripts 1285-1385. 1986, fig. 182 and 221).
Place of origin England
Dates 1320-1330 AD

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