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Psalter with Cistercian Ordinary for Ferial Office
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Psalter with Cistercian Ordinary for Ferial Office

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Description This psalter was produced ca. 1250-75 in a region of northeastern France that was at the time considered Flanders. The manuscript seems to have been transported to Italy, on the evidence of textual additions associated with the Italian Cistercians, ownership by a person affiliated with the Italian Cistercian foundation, and ownership by Bartolomeus dala Vale. The manuscript is incomplete as well as misbound, containing Psalms, canticles, and the Cistercian Ordinary for ferial Office. There are seven extant historiated initials and occasional penwork creatures.
Date Description Narrative
8/14/2013Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation; splits mended
  • The Psalms of David in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Owned by unknown Italian associated with the Italian Cistercian foundation, 14th or 15th century. Bartholomeus dala Vale, 17th century [1]. Alphonse Labitte, Paris, 19th century [2]. Bernard Quaritch, London, late 19th-early 20th century [3]. Leo S. Olschki, Florence, after 1910 [4]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Inscription on flyleaf i, r: "D BARTOLOMEUS DALA VALE HUNC/ POSSEDET LIB/ RUM/ IO. BAPT. STR:"; name copied in capitals on tail-edge of manuscript [2] Armorial bookplate containing motto "EXCELSIOR" on front pastedown [3] No. 426 in cat. 269 of 1908, no. 212 in cat. 290 (1910) [4] His number 33573 on front pastedown
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1250-1275
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with velvet
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 5 1/2 × W: 3 5/8 in. (14 × 9.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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