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Psalter, in Latin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1300-1325 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, pigments and gold on parchment. Leather binding on wooden boards. Metal clasps.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Reid in 1902.

  • Museum number:

    MSL/1902/1665 (Reid 25)

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Physical description

Foliation: parchment. i-ii (19th-century parchment) + 241 + iii-iv (19th-century parchment) ff.

Number of lines: 18 lines.

Language: Latin.

Script: small Gothic bookhand.

Textual content:
ff. 1r-6v: Calendar, half full, in Latin, of Dominican character.
ff. 7r-218v- Psalter.
ff. 218-238v: Canticles and Athanasian Creed.
ff. 239r-241v: Litany.

Decoration: Calendar illustrations, each within an architectural niche on the right of the text, with figures shown against a burnished gold ground (ff. 1r-6v). 8 historiated initials with pale-red letter-shape on burnished gold grounds, blue outer ground and edged with a fillet of burnished gold (ff0 39v, 60v, 79r, 80r, 99r, 123r, 146r, 171r).

(1) 20th century, England. Repaired in March 1981 by Roger Powell (boards reattached).
(2) 19th century. Calf on boards with imitation of medieval diapered pattern. Five raised bands on spine with blind-tooled ornament on the compartments. Single metal clasp hinged on lower cover; edges of text-block gilded and gauffered.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


ca. 1300-1325 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Ink, pigments and gold on parchment. Leather binding on wooden boards. Metal clasps.


Height: 120 mm, Width: 85 mm, Height: 90 mm Text block - calendar, Width: 60 mm Text block - calendar, Height: 72 mm Text block, Width: 45 mm Text block

Object history note

Bought from Quaritch by George Reid and bequeated to the V&A in 1902.

Descriptive line

Manuscript, psalter, Southern Low Countries, ca.1300-1325.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 380
Ker, N.R. Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries I. Oxford: 1967.
vol. 1, pp. 126-129, cat. 20.
Watson, R. Western Illuminated Manuscripts.Victoria and Albert Museum. A catalogue of works in the National Art Library from the eleventh to the early twentieth century, with a complete account of the George Reid Collection. London, 2011.


Parchment; Ink; Pigments; Gold; Leather; Wood; Metal




National Art Library; Books; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance

Production Type



National Art Library

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