Early manuscript Psalter leaf, c. 1275. N. France/Flanders.

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This leaf is most likely from a psalter designed for lay, rather than monastic use. The psalter was the principal book for private devotions before the emergence of the Book of Hours in the early part of the 14th century.

Verso: Text in Latin written in a gothic bookhand in black ink on vellum. One two-line initial ‘D’ in blue with internal and external red penwork extending into the side and bottom margins. Alternating blue and red versal initials and four coloured line fillers of different designs. 

Recto: As Verso with coloured versal initials and five coloured line fillers of imaginative designs. Paginated xii.

Origin: Northern France/Flanders.

Date:  c. 1275.

Content:  The text on Recto is the latter part of Psalm 13 (KJV14) which finishes on Verso before the blue decorated initial ‘D’ begins Psalm 14 (KJV15): Domine, quis habitabit in tabernaculo tuo aut quis requiescet in monte sancto tuo? Qui ingreditur sine macula: et operatur justiciam. Qui loquitur veritatem in corde suo: qui non egit dolum in lingua sua. Nec fecit proximo suo malum: et opprobrium non accepit adversus proximos suos. (Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.)

Condition: For its age, the leaf is in good/very good condition. The vellum is browned and there is surface dirt and light stains but the text shows no ink loss and the colours of the decorations remain unfaded. Original margins. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size:  Leaf: approx. 190x145 mm. Text block: approx. 135x95 mm. 

 Item No: MOT080

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