(France, ca. 1270). 194 x 140 mm. (7 5/8 x 5 1/2"). Double column, 37 lines in a fine gothic book hand.
Attractively matted. With 71 one-line initials in blue or red, two two-line initials in blue or red with contrasting penwork infill and extensions, one eight-line "I" with penwork extensions running the length of the text and extending into the margins, and A DRAMATIC SEVEN-LINE HISTORIATED "S" SHOWING KING DAVID AND GOD THE FATHER, the letter in mauve on a blue background, the lower half with a depiction of David in the sea, raising his arms to God in prayer for salvation, the upper half showing God with his right hand upraised in blessing, his left holding a golden orb; the initial with a 19-line ascender featuring a human-animal grotesque, and with a descender extending well into the lower margin, both in blue, mauve, and white, and embellished with dots of gold. Four small flakes of the background paint of the initial missing (similar trivial loss in the extenders), though neither David nor God affected, text entirely readable but rather faint (especially compared to the rich paint of the initial), but still a nearly fine leaf, the vellum quite clean, bright, and fresh, and with ample margins.
The scene here illustrates the opening line of Psalm 69, in which David pleads for God's salvation: "Save me, O God: for the waters have come in even unto my soul. I stick fast in the mire of the deep and there is no sure standing. I have come into the depth of the sea, and a tempest has overwhelmed me." (ST12010)
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PJP Catalog: 70.365