10. Psalter Latin, Psalt[eriu]m F[eri]ale, part only, decorated manuscript on vellum, 131 ff., incomplete at beginning, and between ff. 96 & 97(catchword erased), gatherings mostly of 8 ff., but one with 6 ff and the last with 5, 12 lines, written in black ink in a gothic liturgical hand, 3 four-line initials in gold and colours, with marginal decoration, c. 50 2-line initials in red or blue, with pen-and-ink decoration, extending along margins, in the contrasting (and other) colours, other initials alternately in red and blue, some music on a four-line red stave. vellum page-markers on fore-edge, few marginal notes, later foliation, first and last ff. holed, few other tears or flaws, mostly marginal, some soiling and staining, contemporary calf over heavy wooden boards, covers with elaborate brass fittings, including c. 65mm. strips around edges, and large corner and centre pieces, profusely decorated with IHS monograms, flowers, the Virgin and Child, large central and corner bosses, with 2 smaller ones on lower cover, and 17 around edges of each cover, original vellum nameplate on lower cover, remains of leather ties, some wear, upper outer corners knocked, central ornament on upper cover damaged, few holes, some worming to upper cover, housed in a modern morocco-backed cloth case, little rubbed and marked, 590 x 420 mm., [Italy], [c. 1500]. *** Substantial part of a very large choir-book in a magnificent late-medieval binding. The 3 large initials, at the start of psalm 80 (f. 80v), psalm 97 (f. 38v) and a hymn for Matins in Advent (f. 88v), include shells and a Menorah or seven-branched candelabrum.
est. £2500 – £3500