Seven Penitential Psalms. Book of Hours leaf c. 1470


For my days have vanished as smoke: and my bones are withered as a dry burnt thing”.


Verso: 17 lines of text in Latin written in a Gothic bookhand in brown ink on vellum. One two-line illuminated initial ‘D’ in pink outlined in black and finished with fine white penwork. The initial is on a ground of burnished gold and is infilled with an elaborate coloured foliate design.  Extending from the initial into the left margin are black tendrils bearing coloured flowers and gold ivy leaves.  A further six one-line illuminated initials in burnished gold on coloured grounds finished with white penwork. 


Recto:  As Verso with a further seven illuminated one-line initials.


Source:  Northern France


Date:   c.1470


Content:  The text begins part way though the last verse of Psalm 50 (KJV 51).  The two-line illuminated ‘D’ then begins Psalm 101 (KJV102): Domine exaudi orationem meam: et clamor meus ad te veniat.  Non avertas faciem tuam a me: in quacumque die tribulor, inclina ad me aurem tuam.  In quacumque die invocavero te: velociter exaudi me.  Quia defecerunt sicut fumus, dies mei: et ossa mea sicut gremium aruerunt.  (O Lord hear my prayer: and let my cry come to thee. Turn not away thy face from me: in what day soever I am in tribulation, incline thine ear to me.  In what day soever I shall call upon thee: hear me speedily.  For my days have vanished as smoke: and my bones are withered as a dry burnt thing).


Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition with clear text on fine, clean vellum, bright illuminations and lustrous gold.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 150x110 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.100x75 mm. Please note that packing & postage is invoiced separately.  Australia: $22.50.  Overseas, ask for quote.   


Notes:  The Seven Penitential Psalms or Psalms of Confession are the psalms 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129 & 142 (Vulgate numbering), or psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 & 143 (KJV numbering). Authorship is traditionally ascribed to King David who composed them to atone for his grievous sins which included adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. They have long been associated with penitential devotions and commended as defence against the seven deadly sins, each psalm being associated with one of them.

Item No:  MBH078

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