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Detailed record for Royal 3 C V

Author Robert Pullus
Title Commentary on Psalms 1-50
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above the top line
Decoration 1 zoomorphic initial in colours with display script and pen-flourishing in red and blue, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 1). 4 large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing (ff. 78v, 85v), and foliate decoration in colours (ff. 2, 48v), at the beginning of other major divisions. 1 marginal drawing of a dragon with a penwork decoration in red and blue (f. 2). Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with blue pen-flourishing, some in green with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 370 x 245 (270 x 170), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 105 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf, at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Benedictine abbey of St. Albans: inscribed 'H[ic] est liber s[anc]ti Albani q[ue]m q[ui] ei abstulerit aut titulum delev[er]it anathema sit' 13th or 14th century (f. 1).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Henrician title 'prima quinquagena Pulli s[upe]r psalteriu[m]', and Westminster inventory number 'no. 1359' (f. 1), acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster after the inventory of 1542; in the select list of works noted by John Bale of c. 1548 as 'Pully super Psalterium'; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 15v; and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8191).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Quire and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 75.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), pp. 167, 362.

Rodney M. Thomson, Manuscripts from St Albans Abbey 1066-1235 (Woodbridge: Brewer, 1982), no. 27.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1259, H4.77.

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (Cambridge: University Press, 1999- ), II: 1100-1400, ed. by Nigel Morgan and Rodney M. Thomson (2008), p. 65.
Last revised: 02 September 2009

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Zoomorphic initial

f. 1
Zoomorphic initial
Puzzle initial

f. 2
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 48v
Puzzle initial

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