(France, mid-13th century). 152 x 102 mm. (6 x 4"). Double column, 51 lines in a very fine gothic pearl script.

Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, headlines and versal initials in red and blue, two-line initials in red or blue with trailing penwork in the contrasting color, A FIVE-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL in blue, pink, red, and burnished gold SHOWING KING DAVID POINTING TO HIS TONGUE, AS HE RECEIVES A DIVINE BLESSING from the figure standing next to him in a yellow robe, the initial with short marginal extensions. Just some vague darkening, but still IN FINE CONDITION, with comfortable margins, intact paint, and shining gold.

The imagery in the initial illustrates the opening lines of the Psalm: "I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my tongue. I have set guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against me."

Keywords: Bibles