Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library

A Select Catalogue

Elizabeth Solopova

Elizabeth Solopova

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

768 pages | 112 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2013
Cloth $300.00 ISBN: 9781851242979 Published December 2013 For sale in North America only
Liturgical psalters are among the most important—and beautifully illustrated— of medieval Christian books. In their simplest form, psalters included 150 psalms, preceded by a calendar and followed by canticles, or biblical texts, meant to be sung at church services. Though this core content remained relatively unchanged throughout the Middle Ages and across countries, psalters show considerable variation in size, style of presentation, and choice of supplementary texts.

Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library describes more than one hundred psalters from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain, ranging from the ninth to the sixteenth century and reflecting a wide range of requirements and interests. Each entry includes a description of the psalter’s contents, physical makeup, and provenance, alongside full-color images of pages, a bibliography, and tables to assist in the study of illumination and the liturgical use of psalms.

Bringing together important information on a stunning selection of little-known manuscripts held by the Bodleian Library, this volume will prove a valuable resource.
Contents

                Preface

                Acknowledgements

                Introduction

                The Form of Entries

                Abbreviations

                List of Psalters

                List of Illustrations (between pages 348 and 349)

 

The Catalogue

 

1              Britain

 

2              France

 

3              The Netherlands

 

4              Germany

 

5              Austria

 

6              Italy

 

7              Spain

 

Appendix

 

1              Music in Psalters

2             Psalm 151

3             Psalm Titles and Numbers

4             Textual Divisions

5             Monastic Subdivisions of Individual Psalms

6             Punctuation

7             Canticles

8             Iconography of the Litany

9             Iconography of the Penitential Psalms

10           Iconography of the Canticles

11           Iconography of the Office of the Dead

12           Iconography of the Office of the Virgin

13           Calendar Miniatures

14           Iconography of Miniatures, Historiated Initials and Borders at

               Liturgical Divisions

 

Indexes

 

Index of Cited Manuscripts and Early Printed Books

Concordance of Shelfmarks

General Index

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