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Luttrell psalter [facsimile and commentary]: PB 9-2006

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Current Location: In storage


Luttrell psalter [facsimile and commentary]


Editor: Brown, Michelle P.
Publisher: Folio Society
Printer: Cambridge University Press
Paper maker: John Purcell Ltd
Binder: Smith Settle Limited
Designer: Eccles, David
Paper maker: Fabriano Mill



Title from spine title of facsimile volume.
Consists of facsimile of the original manuscript ([1], 309, [2] leaves numbered in modern ms., [1] colophon leaf; 36 cm.) and The Luttrell psalter : commentary / Michelle P. Brown. London : The Folio Society, 2006 (206 p. ; 26 cm.).
The Luttrell Psalter is an illuminated manuscript written and illustrated circa 1325-1335 by anonymous scribes and artists. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (died 1345), a wealthy English landowner who lived at Irnham, Lincolnshire. Along with the Psalms, the book contains luxuriously illuminated pictures of saints and bible stories, and of rural life; farming, cooking, doctoring, spouses squabbling, musicians playing, etceteras. It is considered to be the richest source for everyday rural life in England of the Middle Ages.
Also known as the ’Windmill psalter.’
The manuscript facsimile is in Latin; the commentary in English.

1 portfolio : ill. , 39 cm.

Place(s) associated

  • London
  • Cambridge (Cambs.) ⪼ England
  • Otley ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006) by Whitlock-Blundell, Joe


Production date: AD 2006


Issued in a blue clamshell container, with title label on spine, and the commentary in a hollow under the facsimile. "This facsimile edition of The Luttrell psalter has been reproduced from British Library Additional MS 42130 and printed at Cambridge University Press on Furioso paper from John Purcell Ltd. Photography by Laurence Pordes. The binding by Smith Settle of Otley is in Nigerian goatskin leather blocked with a design by David Eccles, with handmade endpapers from the Fabriano mill. The edition consists of 1480 numbered copies for sale to members of the Folio Society and 20 lettered copies which are not for sale." -- Colophon. Museum has copy P.

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Support composed of paper

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Printing ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 9-2006
Primary reference Number: 140921
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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