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Detailed record for Additional 38819

Title Psalter, York use, imperfect
Origin England, Central (Lincolnshire?)
Date between 1173 and 1220
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 'KL' multi-coloured initials in red, green, blue and yellow, with penwork decoration in the calendar (ff. 1-6v). 9 large initials in colours and gold at the beginnings of Psalms 26, 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 101 and 109 (ff. 31, 42v, 55, 55v, 70, 87v, 103, 105, 112), some overpainted, some with zoomorphic decoration (ff. 42v, 55v, 70, 112). Framed initials with penwork decoration in gold, blue, red and green (e.g., f. 123). Small initials and display script in red, blue or green. Line fillers in red and green. Rubrics in red or green in the calendar (ff. 1-6v). A pen drawing of a human figure in the lower margin (f. 61r).
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Dimensions in mm 185 x 145 (140 x 80)
Official foliation ff. 135 (+ 2 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end). ff. 1r-6v are mounted on paper guards.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Bibliophile (between 1900 and 1913). Douglas Cockerell binding.
Provenance The Augustinian abbey of Bourne, diocese of Lincoln: in the calendar, several obits, written by a 13th-century hand: Henry, abbot of Bourne 'Henricus abbas de Brunne' (f. 2r); other obits linked to the diocese of Lincoln: Hugh of Lincoln (f. 6r), Alicia de Gednee (Gedney) (f. 1).
Added, 13th century and 14th century, indications of nine lections in the added feasts of William of York and Thomas of Hereford (ff. 3v, 5v).
A house of the Cistercian Order: 15th-century additions to the calendar on 20 May 'Commemoratio omnium personarum regularium ordinis' (f. 3r), added feast of Bernard of Clairvaux (f. 4v) and the feast of Robert of Molesme (f. 2v) (see Talbot, 'Cistercian manuscripts in England' (1952)).
George Dunn (b. 1856, d. 1912), bibliophile and paleographer of Woolley Hall, Berkshire: his bookplate (inside upper cover); the date of 1901 stamped on the lower inside cover may have been by him. George Dunn's sale at Sotheby's, London, 13 February, 1913, lot 1523; purchased by the British Museum
Notes Full digital coverage available for this manuscript: see Digitised Manuscripts at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts.
Imperfect, lacking Psalms 1:1-5; 9:3-15; 10:4; 11:7; 31:8; 33:7; 34:16; 36:4; 45:1; 47:13; 77:17-33; 91:1; 93:12; 101:11; 105:28; 112:4; 118:80; 120; 146:10 to Psalm 150). Excised initials (ff. 91, 92, 121).
The Calendar originally contained the feast of Thomas Becket, canonised in 1173, but not his translation in 1220, hence the dating.
ff. 1r-6v are mounted on paper guards.
Select bibliography C. H. Talbot, 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Cisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (p. 273).
Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1911-1915 (London: The British Museum, 1969), pp. 255-56.
Andrew Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library (London: The British Library, 1979), I, no.393.
Neil Ker, Medieval Libraries of Great Britain, 2nd edition (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 11.
Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: Supplement to the Second Edition, ed. by Andrew Watson and N.R. Ker (London: Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 4.
Malcolm Beckwith Parkes, Scribes, Scripts and Readers: Studies in the Communication, Presentation and Dissemination of Medieval Texts (London: Hambledon Press, 1991), p. 198.
Daniel Piroyansky, Martyrs in the Making: Political Martyrdom in Late Medieval England (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008), p. 30, n. 51.


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Calendar page

f. 2
Calendar page
Zoomorphic initial

f. 42v
Zoomorphic initial
Zoomorphic initial

f. 55
Zoomorphic initial
 
Zoomorphic initial

f. 70
Zoomorphic initial
Foliate initial

f. 103
Foliate initial
Framed initials

f. 123
Framed initials
 

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