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PSALMS, trans. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
England, s. XVIIin
f. iv, pp. 1-321: The Psalmes of David metaphrased into verse by the noble, learned, & famous gent. Sr Philip Sidney Knight. [f. iv verso, blank; p. 1:] Psalme 1 Beatus vir, He blessed is who neither loosely treades/ The strayeing stepps as wicked councell leades…Conclude by all that ayre or life enfould/ Let high Jehova, highly be extould. Finis. [p. 322. blank]
J. C. A. Rathmell, ed., The Psalms of Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke (New York 1963) for the complete text of the 150 psalms, printed from the Penshurst manuscript belonging to the Viscount De L’Isle. W. A. Ringler, Jr., ed., The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney (Oxford 1962) 270-337, for the first 43 psalms, those translated by Sir Philip Sidney, omitting the Countess of Pembroke’s revisions and additions. This manuscript collated by Ringler as M.
Paper (Pot, similar to Heawood 3631, no place or date given), ff. ii (modern paper) + ii (contemporary paper) + 161 (=pp. 322) + ii (modern paper); 192 × 140 (161-167 × 70-110) mm. 1-1312 146(-5). Catchwords in the lower right margin of the recto and verso of each leaf. 22-28 lines of verse. Written in a mixed secretary script with some italic characteristics. On p. 1, upper margin, an ornamental border in brown ink with the IHS monogram and simple scrolls. Contemporary pagination in the hand of the scribe. Bound by F. Bedford in brown morocco, gold tooled; gilt edges.
Written in England in the early seventeenth century.
Belonged in 1789 to the poet William Hayley (1745-1820); his signature on f. iii verso, but not traced in his 1821 or 1844 sales. Owned by Benjamin Heywood Bright, although, due to rebinding (?), no ownership marks present; his sale, Sotheby’s, 18 June 1844, pt. II, n. 242 to Wilson. Later owned by the Rev. Thomas Corser (1793-1876), although, again, no ownership marks survive; his sale, Sotheby’s, 11 July 1870, pt. V, lot 556 to Ellis. Sold by W. C. Hazlitt to Henry Huth (1815-78); in The Huth Library (London 1880) 4:1196. Sale of Alfred H. Huth (1850-1910), Sotheby’s, 11 July 1917, pt. VI, lot 6023 to Quaritch. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Bibliography: De Ricci, 52. Beal, SiP 80.
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)
Heawood
E. Heawood, Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1 (Hilversum 1950)
The Huth Library
The Huth Library: a Catalogue of the Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, and Engravings Collected by Henry Huth (London 1880)

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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