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Chew psalter, 1475 - 1499

Identifier: MS 28


This is a French psalter from the fourth quarter of the fifteenth century. It includes a Calendar of Rouen, the Biblical Psalter, Twelve Ferial Canticles, and the Litany followed by Prayers, although there is some missing text and the psalms begin incompletely.


  • Creation: 1475 - 1499


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Written in France in the fifteenth century probably in Rouen as indicated from the saints in the calendar and the litany. Given that the feast of Our Lady of the Snows (5 Aug.) was introduced at Rouen in 1454 by Guillaume d'Estouteville (Leroquais, LH I.206), the manuscript belongs to the second half or, more probably, the end of the fifteenth century. In upper margin of f. 1r "Bibliothecae B. M. Boni-portus" in ink. Early provenance unknown. Bequeathed to Samuel C. and Lucy Evens Chew by Howard Gray.

Other related names

  1. Boni-portus, B. M., former owner
  2. Gray, Howard, former owner
  3. Chew, Samuel C. and Lucy Evens, former owner
  4. Chew, Samuel C. and Lucy Evens, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Bryn Mawr College in 1962 by Samuel C. and Lucy Evans Chew.

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Physical Description

The codex was re-bound incorrectly; fols. 9-10 should follow fols. 11-12.

Parchment support, ff. i-iii (modern parchment, i=front pastedown) + 64 + iii (modern parchment, iii=back pastedown).

Modern parchment with vellum cords.

ii+64+ii; 252 x 184 mm bound to 259 x 192 mm.

Two columns, thirty-eight lines, ruled in red ink with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines, full length; written area: 173 x 110; Calendar five columns, thirty-four lines, single bounding lines in red.

B√Ętarde script, written by a single scribe in a fine. Marginal notations in a later hand.

Six-line initials in grisaille made of acanthus patterns or dragon grotesques infilled with the same patterns beginning some psalms; other psalms introduced by similar two-line initials, verses by similar one-line initials and line fillers; calendar headed with two-line KL monograms in blue shaded monochrome, similar in design; rubrication in red throughout.

Modern foliation in pencil in both upper and lower corners recto.

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