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PRAYERS, based on the Psalms
England, s. XVImed
ff. 1-79: Thys psalme of Davyd is fyrst sett in the boke as a prologue to all the rest. In whyche he exhortethe all men to the studie folowyng and teachyng of the lawe of god, O most holy father of heaven, the only lyvynge god of power Ineffable of wisdome Incomprehensible: to the be honour glorie…byndethe vs to magnifie thy mightie & Incomprehensible deitie beynge thre persons in one essence, to whom be honour glorie & dominion for evermore. So be it. [ff. 79v-80v, blank]
Eighteen prayers based on Pss. 1, 13, 23, 32, 49, 51, 73, 84, 90, 102, 103, 104, 116, 121, 130, 138, 139, 147 (Protestant numeration); f. 81, tipped in at end of volume, of similar text, hand and format as the main text, but apparently not part of it; large rectangle in upper corner (as if for initial) torn away.
Paper (Pot similar to Briquet 12661, Alihermont 1537), ff. 80 + i; 300 × 210 (231 × 112) mm. 16 2-710 88 96. Catchwords below the right corner of the text on the recto and verso of each leaf; quire signatures, a-g (on quire 7) in the inner margin, last leaf verso of each quire. 36-40 long lines, frame ruled in lead leaving a wide outer margin for notes; round prick marks at the 4 corners of the written space. Written in a secretary script with heading and side notes by the scribe in an italic script. Good interlace and scrollwork initials in brown ink, occasionally with light yellow wash, approx. 35-60 mm. in height; some including grotesque heads or animals (e.g., ff. 13, 28v, 32v, 42), one initial in the shape of a dragon with an arrow piercing his body (f. 65) and one inscribed with the initials P.M. (f. 7v); some decorated top-line ascenders and bottom-line descenders in the style of the major initials. Running headlines with the number of the psalm in the outside upper margin of each page. Bound in contemporary English black calf, blind tooled, with simplified royal arms stamped in gold on both covers; remains of 2 green cloth fore edge ties; parchment reinforcing strips at front and back from a theological text, England, s. XIV. Written in England in the middle of the sixteenth century. On f. 1, “Durum pati,” the motto of Roger North, 2nd Lord North (1530/31-1600). In the North collection at Wroxton Abbey, Banbury. North sale, Sotheby’s, 13 November 1922, lot 832 to Dobell. P. J. and A. E. Dobell Cat. 34 (Bruton and New Bond Streets, London, May 1924), lot 341 with plate of f. 65. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in 1924.
Secundo folio: is lyke
Bibliography: De Ricci, 61.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
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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