Paris Psalter

Paris Psalter  Facsimile Edition

Probably Wessex, England (United Kingdom) — Second half of the 11th century

A bilingual Old English Psalter from the library of Duc Jean de Berry: unusually tall and narrow with 13 pen drawings integrated into the text as well as blue, green, and gold initials

  1. This manuscript was created during the mid-11th century in England, possibly Wessex

  2. The text is written in two columns: Latin on the left and the West-Saxon dialect on the right

  3. King Alfred the Great (848/49–899) is traditionally credited with having created the translation

Paris Psalter

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Paris Psalter

Created during the mid-11th century in England, possibly Wessex, the Paris Psalter is distinguished from other Psalters because it is an unusually tall and thin codex that incorporates 13 pen and ink drawings in the text, which is also adorned by blue, green, and golden initials. The text is written in two columns: the left column has the Latin text of the Psalter with the first fifty Psalms paraphrased in West-Saxon prose while the rest of the Psalms are translated into a metrical form of Anglo-Saxon. The West-Saxon translation is traditionally attributed to King Alfred the Great and the Psalter’s prose and poetic vernacular was influential and widely studied throughout England. In 1402, the coveted manuscript was listed in the inventory of the library of the famous bibliophile Duke Jean de Berry.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Paris-Psalter
Psalterium duplex, latinum et anglo-saxonicum
Latin 8824
Size / Format
374 pages / 52.6 × 18.6 cm
Date
Second half of the 11th century
Style
Language
Script
Carolingian minuscule
Illustrations
13 pen drawings; Large golden initials at the beginning of the psalms and hymns; Small golden, blue and green initials at the beginning of each verse
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Rosenkilde and Bagger – Copenhagen, 1958
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Paris Psalter

Rosenkilde and Bagger – Copenhagen, 1958

Publisher: Rosenkilde and Bagger – Copenhagen, 1958
Commentary: 1 volume by Bertram Colgrave
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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