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Detailed record for Additional 17392

Title Glossed Psalter with canticles
Origin England, S., or France, N.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Very large historiated initial in ink with green, yellow, and red on a blue ground at the beginning of Psalm 1 (f. 1). Large historiated or figural initials in colours at Psalms 51, 68, 80 (ff. 81, 104, 129v). Large initials with foliate decoration in colours at Psalms 38, 52, 97, and the beginning of the Canticles (ff. 60v, 82, 152, 220). Large initials in yellow, red, green, or blue, with penwork decoration in one or more of these colours. Small initials in blue, green, or red. Initials in yellow, red or blue, some with penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 260 x 175 (195 150)
Official foliation ff. 231 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning + at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather.
Provenance Added, late 12th century, 'incipit psalterium' (f. 231v).
Added marginal and musical notations in a 18th-century (?) (f. 99v).
Thomas Rodd the younger (b. 1796, d. 1849), London bookseller. Purchased by the British Museum from him, 8 July 1848 for 6.16.6: inscripted (f. [iii] verso).
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
An initial excised (f. 38)
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the manuscripts of the British Museum in the years 1848-1853 (London: the British Museum, 1868), p. 12.

Howard Helsinger, 'Images on the Beatus Page of some Medieval Psalters', Art Bulletin, 53 (1971), 161-76 (p. 176).

Walter Cahn, 'St. Albans and the Channel Style in England', in The Year 1200: A Symposium (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975), 187-230 (p. 203 n. 24).

Walter Cahn, Studies in Medieval Art and Interpretation (London: Pindar Press, 2000), p. 118.

Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle, Bible Manuscripts: 1400 Years of Scribes and Scripture (London: British Library, 2007), p. 97, fig. 84.


Images
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Beatus initial

f. 1
Beatus initial
Decorated initial

f. 60v
Decorated initial
David and Goliath

f. 81
David and Goliath
 
Decorated initial

f. 82
Decorated initial
Inhabited initial

f. 104
Inhabited initial
Inhabited initial

f. 129v
Inhabited initial
 
Decorated initial

f. 220
Decorated initial

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