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A Psalter, written in the 9th cent. in France (?)

MS. Douce 59

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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.:

  1. Confitebor tibi
  2. Ego dixi
  3. Exultavit cor
  4. Cantemus Domino
  5. Domine audivi
  6. Audite caeli
  7. Te Deum
  8. Benedicite omnia opera
  9. Benedictus
  10. Magnificat
  11. Nunc dimittis
  12. Gloria in excelsis
  13. Pater noster
  14. Credo in Deum
  15. 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 (?)


166 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

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.

Physical Facet

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.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom