Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Date of origin:The style of illuminations is highly suggestive of the English international gothic style which flourished around 1400.
Place of origin:England
Numbered in a modern hand at the top right of every leaf. The foliator skipped from 101 to 103, so every leaf after 101 is off by one.
Dimensions:339mm x 228mm (leaves), 231mm x 145mm (ruled space)
Collation:iii 16 2-68 78 (-2) 8-188 ii Catchwords are written horizontally on the lower right side of the final leaf of gatherings 2-15 The catchwords on fol. 77v are written in a later hand.
Script:The text is in a classic gothic textualis quadrata in two hands. The first hand is responsible for the text up to f. 77v, the second from f. 78r to the end. This point also marks a change in the illuminating style in the manuscript.
Binding:Bound in fifteenth or sixteenth century blind tooled calf with two bosses on the upper cover and one on the lower and two brass clasps. The manuscript has been recently rebacked.
Additions:A seventeenth century hand has numbered the psalms according to the numbering in the Book of Common Prayer. The same hand has also noted in the upper right hand corner of each leaf, the day and office at which each psalm is to be recited according to the Anglican monastic weekly psalter.
Provenance:The manuscript was once in the collection of William Morris. It was sold to Richard Bennet in the Morris auction of 1898 at Sotheby's. Bennet sold the manuscript again in 1898. The manuscript was subsequently owned by Charles Butler, Howel Wills, and John Park. It was given to the university by Park's daughter, Rosemary Park Anastos in 1978.