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Walters Ms. W.78, Psalter
This psalter was produced in a monastery in the Diocese of Augsburg in the mid thirteenth century, as shown by entries in the calendar and litany. The decoration includes six full-page miniatures, ten historiated initials, and seasonal and zodiac roundels for each month. Related manuscripts include New York, New York Public Library Ms. Spencer 11 and Augsburg, Augsburg University Library Ms. 1.2.qu.19. The text has been supplied with marginal notes throughout in Latin and German, and a fourteenth-century deed discussing property of the Bazth and Ladon families has been included as a flyleaf.
Mid 13th century CE
The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.
Formula: ii, 1(2), 2(6), 3-12(8), 13(6), 14(8), 15(6), 17-20(8), 21(6), i
Signatures: Fifteenth-century numbers in the middle of the bottom margin of the last leaf of each quire (except quire 1)
Comments: Quires begin on fols. 1(1), 3(2), 9(3), 17(4), 25(5), 33(6), 41(7), 49(8), 57(9), 65(10), 73(11), 81(12), 89(13), 95(14), 103(15), 109(16), 117(17), 125(18), 133(19), 141(20), 149(21)
15.8 cm wide by 22.7 cm high
10.8 cm wide by 17.5 cm high
- Columns: 1
- Ruled lines: 20
- Title: Psalter
- Hand note: Written in early Gothic bookhand
- Decoration note: Prefatory cycle with four full-page miniatures; two full-page miniatures in the Psalter proper; calendar with seasonal and zodiac roundels for each month; ten historiated initials (10-20 lines); gold initials with red and blue pen flourishes for each psalm; small gold letters beginning each sentence throughout; rubrics in red; text in black ink
- Title: Prefatory cycle
- Decoration note: Full-page miniatures on fols. 1r-2v
- Title: Calendar
- Rubric: Januarius habet dies xxxi luna xxx
- Contents: Calendar, about 7/8 filled, graded in red and black; Egyptian dates noted with "DE"; contents specific to southern Germany (Augsburg in particular), including Georgius (April 24, specific to Augsburg), feast of church dedication to St. Mary (September 28), St. Othmar (November 16), and St. Afra (August 7); many later additions and necrologies
- Decoration note: Seasonal and zodiac roundels for each month
- Title: Psalter
- Rubric: Psalterium per David
- Incipit: Beatus vir
- Contents: Liturgical Psalter with three-partite division at psalms 1, 51, and 101, as well as eight-partite division at psalms (1), 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97, and 109
- Decoration note: Full-page miniatures on fols. 53v and 97v; historiated initials on fols. 9r, 29r, 41v, 54r, 55r, 67r, 82r, 95v, 98r, and 110v
- Title: Canticles
- Incipit: Confitebor tibi
- Contents: Includes biblical canticles, Pater Noster, Apostles' Creed, Te Deum, and Quicumque Vult
- Title: Litany
- Incipit: Kirie eleison
- Contents: Twenty-three martyrs including Georgius and Vitus; seventeen confessors including Udalricus, Othmar, Francis, and St. Simpertus, bishop of Augsburg; thirty-four virgins including Tecla, Afra, Walpurgis, Crescentia, and Cordula
- Title: Collects
- Rubric: Preces
- Contents: Ego dixi domine miserere mei...; Concede Quesumus ominpotens Deus...; Omnipotens et misericors Deus respicere...; Ominpotens sempiterne Deus qui caelestia...; Omnipotens mitissime Deus qui sicienti...; Pretende nos fidelibus tuis...; Opitulare Deus in opibus...
- Title: Initial "B" with David harping and enthroned
- Form: Historiated initial "B," 18 lines
- Text: Psalm 1
- Title: Initial "Q" with St. Michael slaying a dragon
- Form: Full-page historiated initial "Q"
- Text: Psalm 51
- Title: Initial "D" with man holding a sword and cup
- Form: Historiated initial "D," 16 lines
- Text: Psalm 52
- Title: Initial "C" with David playing the bells
- Form: Historiated initial "C," 10 lines
- Text: Psalm 97
- Title: Initial "D" with SS. Elizabeth and Catherine
- Form: Full-page historiated initial "D"
- Text: Psalm 101
The binding is not original.
Ca. 1900; purple velvet over millboard; sewn on five thin recessed cords; blind-tooled with an ivy leaf rolled border and a three-line roll formed into a saltire
Monastery in the Diocese of Augsburg, mid-thirteenth century (calendar and litany)
Bénigne-Charles Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852) (bookplate, front pastedown)
Kupitsch, Vienna, sale 1840 (inscription, fol. 1r)
Professor Victor Goldschmidt, Heidelberg (d. 1927)
Henry Walters, Baltimore, obtained from Léon Gruel before 1931
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters' bequest
De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 769, no. 78.
Swarzenski, Hanns. Die Lateinischen Illuminierten Handschriften des XIII. Jahrhunderts in den Ländern an Rhein, Main und Donau. Berlin: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft, 1936, p. 60, no. 1, fig. 746.
Dayton Art Institute. Flight, Fantasy, Faith, Fact: A Loan Exhibition Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Powered Flight, 1903-1953. Dayton, OH: Dayton Art Institute, 1953, p. 14, no. 84.
Jeauneau, Édouard. "Un 'dossier' carolingien sur la création de l'homme, Génèse I,26-III,24." Revue des Études Augustiniennes 28 (1982): 114.
Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934
Editors: Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William
Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Davis, Lisa Fagin; Emery, Doug; Hamburger, Jeffrey; Klemm, Elizabeth; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.
The Walters Art Museum
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