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PSALTER
Flanders, s. XIVin
1. ff. 1v-177v [f. 1, blank]: Psalter, with loss of one leaf after f. 27 (Ps. 26, 1-8) and after f. 41 (Ps. 36, 26-40). 2. ff. 177v-195v: Ferial canticles; Te deum; New Testament canticles; Quicumque vult. 3. ff. 195v-196v: Litany, ending defectively; included are Livin among the martyrs; Bavo, Macarius, Landoald, Wandregisil, Gudwal, Donatianus, Basilius as the first 7 of 18 confessors; Amalberga, Gertrude, Bridget, Pharaildis and Adelgundis among the virgins. Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 196 + i (paper); 134 × 98 (81 × 62) mm. 18(+1) 2-38 48(-3 after f. 27) 58 68(-2 after f. 41) 7-128 132 14-258 264(-4). Quires and leaves signed with letters and roman numerals in red ink, visible in quires 4 (a) and 17 (b). 18 long lines, ruled in lead with double bounding lines to the left of the text; slash pricking in the 3 outer margins; double pricking marks at the penultimate line. Written in a gothic book hand. Full page historiated initial, f. 1v, of David playing his harp in the upper bowl of the B, and David slaying Goliath in the lower; initial itself in white-patterned pink, with “-eatus vir” in white capitals on the blue frame edged in gold; 8 other historiated initials, 10- to 8-line, in blue or pink on grounds of gold and the other color, with slightly cusped bar borders of both colors the length of the text, sometimes including grotesques; the illustrations are: leaf missing after f. 27, presumably with historiated initial for Ps. 26 (blue offset on f. 27v); f. 43v (Ps. 38, Dixi custodiam), David pointing to his face as God watches from the sky; f. 59v (Ps. 51, Quid gloriaris in malitia), David and the devil; f. 60v (Ps. 52, Dixit insipiens), two men with swords and bucklers, fighting; f. 77v (Ps. 68, Salvum me fac), God blessing David, who stands waist-deep in water; f. 98 (Ps. 80, Exultate deo), David striking bells; f. 117 (Ps. 97, Cantate domino), 2 monks singing; f. 119v (Ps. 101, Domine exaudi oracionem meam), David praying to God in heaven; f. 137v (Ps. 109, Dixit dominus), the Father and the Son seated side by side; 3- and 2-line initials in gold infilled in pink or blue against a ground of the other color and bar border of gold and both colors; 1-line gold versals, placed outside written space, occasionally corrected by 1-line red initials in the margin; corrections to the text in a contemporary hand. Small holes across the top of the leaves with historiated initials suggest former presence of sewn-in protective cloths. Bound, s. XV/XVI, in Flanders in brown calf over bevelled wooden boards, each cover stamped with 2 impressions of a panel (63 × 40 mm.) with a marginal legend interrupted at each corner by a flower: “Sit nomen domini benedictum ex hoc nunc et usque in seculum”; in each of the 2 internal compartments of the panel are 3 animals enclosed within the curves of a vine stem; space between the panels filled with 4 impressions of a 13 mm. square tool of a flower within a lozenge; quite worn and rebacked; gilt edges. Written in the beginning of the fourteenth century in Flanders, presumably for use in Ghent, to judge by the saints in the litany. Belonged to Herschel V. Jones (1861-1928) of Minneapolis; his sale, Anderson, New York, 29 January 1919, pt. II, n. 1070 to G. D. Smith. Date and source of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: [f. 3] Reges eos
Bibliography: De Ricci, 85.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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