MS. Douce 366
Summary Catalogue no.: 21941
Added, c. 1325.
With dots and a pricking at the years 1290, 1295 and 1300
Textual divisions at Pss. 1 (fols. 9v-10r), 26 (fol. 38r), 38 (fol. 55v), 51 (fol. 71v), 52 (fol. 72r), 68 (fol. 89r), 80 (fol. 109r), 97 (fol. 128r), 101 (fol. 131r) and 109 (fol. 147v).
Followed by collects:
Sandler (1986, no. 43) divides the decoration as follows: Late thirteenth century (?c. 1280–1300):
Late thirteenth century (?c. 1280–1300):
- Minor decoration of fols. 10–45v.
- Decoration of fols. 58–67v, and part of fols. 70–81v, by a different artist. Cf. Pächt and Alexander iii. 499, pl. XLVIII.
- Inital and border of Ps. 26 (fol. 38).
- Other large initials and borders, by a different artist, whose work is also found in the Bromholm Psalter, the Emmanuel College Gregory, and the Dublin Apocalypse (fols. 9v, 55v, 71v, 72, 89, 109, 128, 131, 147v).
- Initials on fols. 22–45v, under-drawings on fols. 46–57v, line initials and 2-line Psalm initials on fols. 70–81v, and some other minor decoration (e.g. fol. 154) Cf. Pächt and Alexander iii. 536, pl. L-LI.
- Donor portrait, fol. 9v.
- Beatus initial, fol. 10.
- Decoration finished by the artist called by Cockerell the 'cheap finisher'. Cf. Pächt and Alexander iii.581, pl. LX.
(fol. 9v), full page Beatus initial, with Tree of Jesse, Annunciation, and praying couple (with arms of Foliot and Bardolf); praying bishop and Benedictine monk painted over the original block of text.
Five- or ten-line initials at the text divisions:
- (fol. 10r), Ps. 1, David playing harp
- (fol. 38r), Ps. 26, Anointing of David
- (fol. 55v), Ps. 38, Christ before Pilate
- (fol. 71v), Ps. 51, Doeg and the Priests
- (fol. 72r), Ps. 52, Temptation of Christ
- (fol. 89r), Ps. 68, Jonah and the Whale
- (fol. 109r), Ps. 80, David playing bells
- (fol. 128r), Ps. 97, Clerics singing
- (fol. 131r), Ps. 101, David praying
- (fol. 147v), Ps. 109, Christ and God the Father
All historiated initials except Ps. 1 with full borders.
2-line decorated and inhabited initials extending into partial borders; 1-line versals.
Contemporary binding of white leather on boards with leather chemise. Fore-edge painting with the arms of Norwich cathedral priory, the see of Norwich, and the Uffords of Suffolk.
Provenance and Acquisition
Three stages of production: (1) late 13th century, the main part of the MS. was written, and most of the minor decoration on fols. 10–45, 58–69 decorated; (2) c. 1310–20, most of the main historiated borders and initials were added; (3) 1320s, finishing of the decoration, the insertion of fol. 9v, execution of the second Beatus initial on fol. 10, addition of calendar and new litany, binding.
Arms of Foliot and Bardolf (fol. 9v), possibly associated with an intended marriage between these families (not known to have taken place).
Presented to Norwich cathedral by Robert of Ormesby, probably c. 1325.
Pressmarks 'A.I', 'xlij', 14th cent.
'A. Gray', 1654, fol. i.
Francis Douce, acquired November 1831.
Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.
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Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.