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Name: Psalterium

Repository: State Library of South Australia

Settlement: Adelaide

Associated Manuscript Items:

Library ref: 223.2.a Sp.

Acquisition: the volume was acquired from Don G. T. Smith in 1934

Binding: 19c. vellum over wooden boards; covers bear a gilt-tooled panel and central cross, each arm with fleurons; on the front cover is the stamp PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA in blind; spine has scrolls and lettering PSALTER, all in gilt, and the current shelf-mark in black ink

Catchwords: Catchwords agree except for the one on 32v

Collation: (3)1 (7)2 (8)3-5 (6)6 (8)7-12 The first sheet of the second quire is missing. Folio 32, the sixth sheet of the fifth quire, is misbound and should be read after 88, so that in fact quire 5 lacks its sixth folio.


Condition: Edges cut

Deco desc: red rubrics; blue initials with red penwork; illuminated initials in gold, blue, green, red, with white tracery, and marginal flower and leaf sprays on 16v., 25r., 40r., 49v., 58v., 69v. The gold work has numerous small prickings.

Dimensions: 182 x 125 mm

Extent: iii + 88,


Hand desc: French littera gothica textualis formata


Layout: two cols each of 27 lines

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Orig date: s. xv1

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Provenance: a former owner has numbered the psalms, often incorrectly, using black ink arabic numerals; Bv. in a modern hand ÔBook of Psalms in Latin, 17 century MS.Õ; Cv. in modern pencil ÔDon G. T. SmithÕ from whom the volume was acquired in 1934; Bv. has shelf-mark and date Ô223.2.a Sp. 31.7.1934Õ; Br. carries the impression of the stamp ÔPublic Library of South AustraliaÕ.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 155


Signatures: there are quire signatures

Support: vellum,


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