(England: 14th century). 110 x 77 mm. (4 1/4 x 3"). Single column, 16 lines in an English gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, paragraph marks in red or blue, each leaf with multiple one-line initials in gilt on pink or blue ground and line-enders in gilt, pink, and/or blue, SOME OF THESE INCORPORATING SMALL BEASTS, most leaves with at least one two-line initial in pink or blue on gilt ground with painted decorative flourishes, WITH A HALF OR THREE-QUARTER BORDER on one or both sides, composed of either straight bars or long, spikey tendrils in gold, pink, and blue and terminating in trefoils, SEVERAL LEAVES WITH DRAGON-LIKE CREATURES OR HUMAN FACES INCORPORATED INTO THE BORDERS. With later ink foliation in upper corners, some leaves with emendations in a slightly darker ink. Vellum with a little general soiling and toning, margins trimmed rather close and sometimes just cutting into the borders, gilt noticeably rubbed away in places (exposing white gesso layer), paint occasionally rubbed or smudged, other small, mostly marginal blemishes and stains, but despite these signs of use, the leaves still very charming and with a considerable degree of their original appeal.
From a small Psalter intended for personal contemplation, these leaves feature a pleasing English scribal hand and strong decorative program. A few of our leaves contain some especially delightful examples of imaginary creatures or the human face, often cleverly incorporated into the borders and line fillers. In addition to these whimsical embellishments, our leaves are also appealing as good examples of English paleography, and meant to be attractively priced. For additional leaves at different price points, please check our website. (ST15198jE)
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PJP Catalog: ABAAvfMay20.001