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Psalter: MS McClean 37

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Psalter

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 132 fols., 153 x 114 (114 x 78) mm, 20 long lines, ruled in hard point, written above top line, antiphons with partial musical notation on two- and four-line staves added in fifteenth century, leaves lost before fol. 1 and after fol. 132.

BINDING: late twelfth century, limp vellum binding (reused), text block attached to cover by over-sewing at head and tail of spine, last quire strengthened with parchment strip, pink leather tabs, one threaded tab (fol. 7r).

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 120v Psalter, Gallican (begins imperfectly in Psalm 2:6
fols. 120v – 132v Canticles, Pater Noster, Apostles Creed, Te Deum, Athanasian Creed; fol. 132v Litany (ends imperfectly).

ORNAMENTATION: Green, red, blue and yellow initials [17 ll.] with foliate infill and zoomorphic motifs on silver and gold grounds for Psalms 51 and 101 (fols. 42r, 82v); identical initials [7 ll.] for Psalms 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97, 109 (fols. 19r, 31r, 42v, 54r, 68r, 80v, 94r) and Canticle of Isaiah (fol. 120v); silver initials [3 ll.] on yellow, red and blue grounds for Vespers Psalms; red pen-flourished initials [2 – 3 ll.] with reserved ornament for ordinary Psalms and Canticles; red penwork verse initials.

Notes

History note: Cutting from unidentified sale catalogue, lot number trimmed off, inside upper cover; Frank McClean (1837 – 1904); his bequest, 1904.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank

Dating

Late 12th Century
Circa 1190 CE - Circa 1199 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: predicans preceptum eius
  • Location: Fol. 1r
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: [de]disti leticiam in corde meo
  • Location: Fol. 2r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 37
Primary reference Number: 170702
Project ID: 609
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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