Psalter, for Cistercian use, in Latin : illuminated manuscript codex on vellum
- Latin. In Latin.
- [Ferrara, Italy? : s.n., 14--?]
- Physical description
- 1 volume ; 12 x 9 cm (273 leaves)
- Calendar ff.1-8v; Psalms 1-150, beginning imperfectly in Psalm 2:3, '[Disrumpamus vincula eorum et proiciamus] a nobis iugum ipsorum' ff.9-159; the six ferial canticles followed by the Athanasian Creed ff.159-171; the Hymnal arranged according to the liturgical year with the Temporale, the Sanctorale, and the Common of Saints ff.172-216v; Office of the Dead, for Cistercian use ff.216v-225; Collects arranged by the liturgical year ff.225-273v. [from dealer description]
- 18 lines written in a semi-gothic bookhand in brown ink between two verticals and 19 horizontals ruled in plummet.
- Rubrics in red, catchwords, initials alternately in blue and red, two-line initials in red with lilac penwork flourishing extending into margins and in blue with similar flourishing in red. Seven illuminated initials in a style typical of the Ferrarese school in purple and blue on grounds of liquid gold with sprays of flowers interspersed with gold discs extending into the margins, one forming a three-sided border, one historiated initial with three-sided border. Each illuminated initial marks a division of the Psalms and the opening of the Office of the Dead. [from dealer description]
- Binding is 18th century calf gilt, edges gilt.
- Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
- Purchased, 2013. Accession 2013-147.
- The decoration and style of the manuscript indicate that it was made in north-eastern Italy, probably Ferrara, in the final third of the 15th century. The inclusion of Cistercian feasts in the Calendar (e.g. Sequanus, 19 Sept.; Magnus, 6 Oct.; Malachi, 4 Nov.), and the use of the Office of the Dead indicate that it was made for a Cistercian house, perhaps one dedicated to St. Margaret, for the Dedication of St. Margaret is entered at 21 May. Perhaps this is Margherita of Cortona (d.1297) rather than the more widely venerated Early Christian martyr Margaret of Antioch. (from dealer description]