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Detailed record for Burney 345

Title Psalter, with a calendar (ff. 2-6v); Psalms (ff. 7-187); canticles and prayers (ff. 187-204v); litany, petitions, and collects (ff. 204v-209)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Ghent?)
Date 3rd quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin, with a few Dutch inscriptions (identifying the month and/or labours) in the calendar
Script Gothic
Decoration Three-sides borders throughout, in red, blue, and gold, with the main colour alternating between blue and red, with the line-endings of animal or human faces, the upper reddish orange, the lower green, with some of the borders incorporating birds, human figures, or hybrids. 10 calendar miniatures on gold grounds depicting the labours of the month, with gold 'KL' monograms (ff. 2-6v; leaf excised after f. 3 contained May and June). 6 historiated initials (of a probably 9) in colours and gold marking major Psalm divisions (ff. 35, 53, 69, 70, 86v, 127v). Large and small gold initials incorporated into the borders at the beginning of chapters and verses, and in tituli identifying the saints depicted in the historiated initials. Geometric line-fillers in blue, red, and gold.
Dimensions in mm 180 x 130 (100 x 60)
Official foliation ff. ii + 217 (ff. i-ii and 211-217 are modern paper flyleaves; ff. 1 and 210 are parchment former pastedowns)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown gold-tooled leather, rebacked, over wooden boards. Tooled metal corner pieces and parts of two clasps; painted edges. The Burney stamp is over an earlier gilt stamp (?armorial).
Provenance ?Thomas Martin of Palgrave (b. 1697, d. 1771), antiquary: there is a note of his ownership in the 1840 Burney catalogue, but the manuscript is without his signature; possibly obtained from his estate by Ives. Cf. Paul Grinke, 'John Ives and the Library of 'Honest' Tom Martin', in The Warden's Meeting: A Tribute to John Sparrow (Oxford: Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles, 1977), pp. 39-42 (p. 42).
Inscription 'C', upper left corner, f. 1, possibly a former shelfmark.
John Ives (b. 1751, d. 1776), antiquary and herald, in 1772 (inscription and signature 'J. Ives' (f. 1v); 'Bibliothoca Ivosiana' (f. 2); and 'Bibliothoca Ivosiana 1772' (f. 209): his sale, 6 March 1777, possibly lot 399.
Gustavus Brander (b. 1719/20, d. 1787), merchant and antiquary: his sale, 8 February 1790, lot 1168, bought by Tyssen for £1 15s.
Samuel Tyssen (b. 1756, d. 1800), F.A.S.
? Mr Brydges: sold in his sale 4 March 1811, lot 482, to Smith for 2s 6d.
Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), D. D., classical scholar.
Acquired by the British Museum as part of Burney’s library from his son Charles Parr Burney in 1818.
Notes The historiated initials contain scenes of saints:
Peter and Paul (Psalm 26), f. 35;
John the Baptist (Psalm 38), f. 53;
Lawrence (Psalm 51), f. 69;
John the Evangelist (Psalm 52), f. 70;
Margaret (Psalm 68), f. 86v;
and Stephen (Psalm 101), f. 127v.
Leaves excised after ff. 106, 125, and 146, which probably contained historiated initials for Psalms 80, 97, and 109.
Select bibliography Joseph Strutt, Horda Angel-cynnan: or a Compleat View of the Manners, Customs, Arms, Habits, etc. of the Inhabitants of England, from the arrival of the Saxons till the reign of Henry the Eighth, 3 vols (London: White, 1775-1776), II (1775), 97-98, 119, pl. VI, nos 17-18.

Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, (London: British Museum, 1834- ), I, part II: The Burney Manuscripts (1840), p. 92.

Judith H. Oliver, Gothic Manuscript Illumination in the Diocese of Liège (c. 1250 - c. 1330), Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts from the Low Countries, 2-3, 2 vols (Leuven: Uitgverij Peeters, 1988), I, pp. 80, 169 n. 88.

Lilian M.C. Randall and others, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery, 3 vols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1997), I: France, 875-1420, p. 92; III: Belgium, 1250-1530, 2 parts, I, pp. 83, 85.

F.O. Büttner, ‘Der illuminierte Psalter im Westen’, in The Illuminated Psalter: Studies in the Content, Purpose and Placement of its Images, ed. by F.O. Büttner (Belgium: Brepols, 2004), pp. 1-106 (p. 26 n. 118).

Kerstin Carlvant, Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders. Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts (London: Harvey Miller, 2012), pp. 100, 247-48, 303-13, 494-95, tables 4 and 8A, figs 43a-d.
Last revised: 03 April 2014


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September

f. 5
September
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f. 5
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Lawrence

f. 69
Lawrence
 
Detail

f. 69
Detail
John the Evangelist

f. 70
John the Evangelist
Margaret

f. 86v
Margaret
 
Detail

f. 86v
Detail
Stephen

f. 127v
Stephen

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