A Psalter, written in the 9th cent. in France (?)
Preceded by 'Origo prophetiae David regis Psalmorum numero CL' (a prologue beg. 'Dauid filius Iesse cum esset') and the preface of Jerome.
At the end of the Psalter is added the canticle 'Pusillus eram', as if a 151st psalm. At fol. 149v follow the usual canticles, etc.:
- Confitebor tibi
- Ego dixi
- Exultavit cor
- Cantemus Domino
- Domine audivi
- Audite caeli
- Te Deum
- Benedicite omnia opera
- Nunc dimittis
- Gloria in excelsis
- Pater noster
- Credo in Deum
- Quicunque vult.
The rubrics of the Psalms are noteworthy. The whole volume is written in gold letters on dark purple parchment, with illuminations chiefly in gold, red, white, or blue. At fol. 4 is a large B: at fol. 51v a full-page miniature of a tyrant overawed by prophets ('Quid gloriaris', ps. 51 [Engl. 52]), and a large letter on the next page: on fol. 100v is a miniature of an offering to God, illustrating ps. 101 (102), followed by a large letter. The volume as a whole is in good preservation. A facsimile of fols. 4r, 4V, is in the 1840 Catalogue as plate iv. A line in Rustic capitals is on fol. 66. The volume has been called 'Charlemagne's Psalter', and stated to be from the Old Royal Library of France: but there is no proof or even presumption that these descriptions are founded on fact. Waagen's idea (Art Treasures, iii. 87) that the MS. was written in England is probably incorrect.
- Creation: written in the 9th cent. in France (?)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
MS. Douce 59
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21633
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.
On parchment, illuminated, binding: green velvet, modern
7 7/8 × 6 1/4 in. in a cloth case 9 3/8 × 7 3/8 in.