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MS. Lyell 23


Portable Gallican Psalter
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Two main hands: a and b. Large painted foliate initials in a on fols. 39r, 54v, 68r, 82v, 102r, 118v, 136v, generally basically in blue (fol 68r in pink), on gold backgrounds, with further decoration in orange, pink, green, and red, with bar borders in gold and colours extending into the upper and lower margins and ending in clusters of leaves. Other initials to Psalms in a are in gold on backgrounds of pink and blue, or green, with sprays of coloured leaves, initials to verses are alternately blue flourished in red, or red in purple; b has painted initials on fols. 1r, 188v, 197r, 200r, in gold on backgrounds of pink and blue, decorated in white, with sprays of tiny gold or coloured leaves sprouting from outer corners. Other initials in b are mostly blue flourished in red; in the calendar some are gold flourished in purple. (P&A iii. 1045)


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

James P. R. Lyell, 1871-1948

Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (1971)