Medieval Psalter Leaf - c. 1200, Elaborate initials


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Psalter. 19 lines, written in Latin on animal parchment in small gothic bookhand with serrated line extenders in red, blue and burnished gold. (130 x 90 mm - 5.2 x 3.6").

Two large multi-line illuminated initials in burnished gold on burgundy and blue ground with and interior of delicate white tracery and orange flowersextending into the margin. Both sides have 1/4'' bar borders with burnished gold initials on burgundy & blue with white tracery. Numerous line-extenders in burnished gold, red & blue.                    

France: Paris, c. 1200-25.


The illuminated ''Q'' begins Psalm 124 (King James 125) complete: ''Qui confidunt …'' (They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Sion: he shall not be moved forever that dwelleth in Jerusalem…).

The illuminated ''I'' begins Psalm 125 (KJ 126) 1-5:''“In convertendo…'' (When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted…).

The devout were expected to engage in a series of daily devotions, structured around the reading of the Psalms. In the Middle Ages all 150 psalms were to be recited each day, but as this proved impractical, the sequence was restructured to encompass a full week!

Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.

  • Inventory# IM-6715
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