Catalogue description LINDSEY PSALTER

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Details of SAL/MS/59
Reference: SAL/MS/59
Title: LINDSEY PSALTER
Description:

Psalter, preceded by a calendar, and followed by canticles, litany, etc. Contents (for further details see Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 302-3, and references given below):- (1) Calendar (translation of St Thomas of Canterbury, 7 July (1220) added in a nearly contemporary hand; later additions include obits of abbots of Peterborough to Geoffrey of Crowland, d. 1321). fols. 26-31v, with related texts, fols. 25r, v, 32r. Addition to fol. 25, ?16th century. Two leaves of notes on the obits by Smart Lethieullier, FSA, inserted before fol. 25;- (2) Psalms, including Psalm 151. fols. 38v-206v (preceded by the prayer 'Suscipere dignare domine', fol. 32v, and illustrated pages, fols. 33-6, see below);- (3) Canticles and Athanasian Creed. fols. 207-21;- (4) Litany and collects. fols. 221-5v;- (5) Commendation of a soul. fols. 225v-9;- (6) Office of the Dead. fols. 229v-35v;- (7)-(10) added early 14th century:- (7) Metrical devotions mainly to the BVM. Listed in Ker, ibid. fols. 1-24v;- (8) Burial service of a monk. fols. 237-41;- (9) Hymns. fols. 241-51v;- (10) Monastic canticles. fols. 252-6. The metrical devotions at fols. 1-24v are also found in the Peterborough Psalter, Brussels, Royal Library, MS 9961-2 (Francis Wormald, PSA, in A.J., 49 (1969), 199-210). Similarities between the calendars, litanies, collects and canticles of a number of Peterborough manuscripts are noticed by L. F. Sandler in The Peterborough Psalter in Brussels and other Fenland Manuscripts (1974), 154-61. Framed tinted drawings in two registers:- Annunciation, Nativity, fol. 33r; Betrayal of Christ, Christ before Pilate, fol. 33v; Crucifixion, Holy Women at the Tomb, fol. 34r. Two full-page framed illuminations:- Crucifixion, fol. 35v; Christ in Majesty, fol. 36r. Full-page illuminated Beatus initial, fol. 38v; historiated initials to liturgical divisions of the Psalter, fols. 64v, 81, 96v, 97v, 113v, 132v, 169. Many smaller initials throughout. For further details see N. J. Morgan, Early Gothic Manuscripts, I (Oxford, 1982), no. 47, pls. 151, 156-9, fig. 7; J. Alexander, P. Binski, Age of Chivalry (1987), no. 254.

Date: before 1222, with additions, early 14th century
Held by: Society of Antiquaries of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: Latin
Physical condition: Vellum; ff. v + 256. Gatherings mainly of ten leaves (collation by Peter Kidd on file in SAL). Before 1222, with early 14th century additions. Large octavo. Medieval binding, white leather over wooden boards (possibly rebound, 14th century; see Wormald, ibid.). 'Psalterium Roberti de Lindeseye abbatis' (abbot of Peterborough, 1214-22), fol. iii. Cancelled signature of Smart Lethieullier, FSA (d. 1760), fol. iv; notes by him inserted before fols. iii, 25. Smart Lethieullier also owned Books of Hours including SAL/MSS/13, 19. Bookplate of the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, PSA, fol. i.
Immediate source of acquisition:

Lyttelton Bequest. Minute Book XI, 12 Jan. 1769, p. 8.

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