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The Latin Psalter, Written in the 10th century at Winchester

MS. Junius 27

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The Latin Psalter, with interlinear translation in Old English, known as Codex Vossianus, lacking fol. 1 and ending abruptly in Ps. cxlii. The psalms were originally divided into groups at Pss. (i), xxxviii, li, lii, (lxviii), lxxx, xcvii, ci, cix, cxix, marked by the use of capitals for the whole of the first line. Pss. xxvi, cxviii also have fine initials. It is preceded by a mutilated Winchester calendar (fol. 2) which contains the obits of king Alfred (d. 901) and his wife Ealswith (d. 905) and some metrical entries, for which see Edmund Bishop, Liturgica Historica, p. 256, and New Pal. Soc., 2nd ser., pl. 62. On fol. 7v are some liturgical formulae (11-12th cent.) and on fols. 8, 9 some mathematical tables.

Leaves are wanting before fols. 10, 68, and many are mutilated (Pss. xxv, xxxix, xliv, 1, lxxvii, lxxx, cxl lack initials).


  • Creation: Written in the 10th century at Winchester


150 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • Latin
  • English, Old (ca.450-1100)


MS. Junius 27

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. II, no. 5139

Custodial History

Formerly owned by Isaac Vossius, who gave it to his uncle Junius.


  • Text and gloss are printed in full by Eduard Brenner in Der altenglische Junius-Psalter (Heidelberg, 1908). The gloss reproduces the version which is found earlier in Cott. MS. Vesp. A. i in the British Museum.
  • See also K. Wildhagen, Studien zum Psalterium Romanum in England (1913), pp. 28-30. Other facsimiles are in Westwood's Pal. Sacr. , and Facs. of Miniatures and Documents , pl. 34, and (fol. 135v) O. E. Saunders, English Illumination, pl. 22d-e.

Physical Facet

With illuminated grotesque initials; binding, 17th-cent. white parchment


9 5/8 × 6 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom