Brief Description of the Manuscript
Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript
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MS 27 is a psalter of 70 leaves (including 4 flyleaves) and bound
by Joseph Zaehsdorf (1816-1886) of London. It has been assigned
a date of post-1320 and it is of English origin, possibly from
The main text has a layout of 1 column of 34 lines of text per page, except in the litany which has two-columns. The text itself is in Latin, is written in Gothic bookhand, and consists of a calendar, the psalms, prayers, and an incomplete litany.
The characteristic features of the major illuminations, which are primarily historiated initials but for one, include the use of gold, blue and red-orange colors; the five-lobed leaves in the vines and daisy designwork; a checkered/diaper pattern background, and border designs inhabited by realistic and fantastic animals, drolleries, fruit, and/or flora. Additional initials in read and blue with fine designs are found throughout the MS. King David is the main figure in most of the historiated initials as he was believed to have composed the psalms himself. The page with the first historiated initial includes the only narrative scene (bottom margin), depicting David's defeat over Goliath.
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f.1, David & Goliath; Initial: David playing instrument
f.8, Initial: David pointing to eyes
f.13, Initial: David pointing to mouth
f.17, David slaying Goliath
f.18, Initial: David reproving the Fool
f.22v, Initial: Jonah, & Christ as Salvator Mundi
f.28v, Initial: David hammering/ringing bells
f.34, Initial: Singing Monks
f.40, Initial: Christ as Salvator Mundi
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