Notable Early English Psalter with Superb Decoration
Fine English Psalter. Single folio on vellum. England, ca. 1420: 273 mm x 185 mm (justification 189 mm x 118 mm). Single column, 22 lines. Ruled in diluted ink. This folio preserves nearly all the stitching from the binding. Foliated “38” in upper right recto. Good black script. Decoration: richly decorated with a two-line initial Q in gold with interior red and blue quadrants on red and blue grounds detailed with white lead penwork; 19 alternating blue and gold one-line initials with contrasting red and blue penwork; 19 intricated gold and blue line-fillers, many extending nearly the whole width of the textblock. Text: Psalm 71.9 eius terram … 71.19 fiat fiat; Psalm 72.1 Quam bonus … 72.9 et lingua. Condition: slightly soiled on recto, stains and spots here and there.