¶ Vescy psalter (c. 1290–300) [MS]

September 8, 2017

13th cent.

Vescy psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, between 1290 and 1300. 206 leaves.

With note by Morris: “Though this book is without figure-work, the extraordinary beauty and invention of the ornament make it most interesting; and the said ornament is thoroughly characteristic of English work: the bold folded-over leaf in the great B on the first page of the text is an undeniable token of an English hand. The great thickness of the black boundary lines is worth noting, and no doubt is the main element in producing the effect of the colour, which is unusual. The beauty of the simple blue and gold Calendar will scarcely be missed by any one taking up the book.”

Note by Cockerell: “The book has been cut down by the brutality of an eighteenth-century binder, so that some of the ornament, especially on the first page, has been sheared off.”

Provenance: William Baron de Vescy. — Lady Sara Ufford (Vescy’s daughter). — John Giffarde. — Robert Hare. — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 1892). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.100).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 18. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14334)

Images: Morgan Library.


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