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Psalter: MS 248

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Binder: Proctor, Robert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i medieval parchment flyleaf + 200 fols. + i medieval parchment flyleaf, 128 x 100 (78 x 56) mm, 17 long lines, ruled in plummet, leaves lost before fol. 1 and after fol. 200.

BINDING: Early sixteenth-century, brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on five supports, blind-stamped panel with oak-leaf border and inhabited scroll with birds, harpy and mermaid, two metal pins and remains of two leather straps on upper cover, two catchplates on lower cover, green, red and yellow endbands, the top one carried over spine, repaired and re-bound by Robert Proctor, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1994.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 179v Psalter, Gallican (begins imperfectly); fols. 179v – 196v Canticles and Quicumque vult; fols. 196v – 199r Litany; fols. 199v – 200r Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (addition); fol. 200v Pange lingua gloriosi prelium certaminis (addition, ends imperfectly).

DECORATION: Eight historiated initials in white-patterned pink or blue on gold grounds, with extensions forming three-sided borders and incorporating birds, animals, hybrids and grotesques: fol. 27v Psalm 26, [D, 10 ll.] David pointing to eyes before God; fol. 45v Psalm 38, [D, 10 ll.] David pointing to tongue before God, peacock in border; fol. 62r Psalm 52, [D, 10 ll.] Fool with club and cake before God blessing; fol. 78v Psalm 68, [S, 9 ll.] David in water and God above; fol. 99r Psalm 80, [E, 10 ll.] David playing bells, ape-bishop in border; fol. 118r Psalm 97, [C, 9 ll.] Clerics singing at lectern; fol. 121r Psalm 101, [D, 10 ll.] David praying at altar, God’s hand blessing above, grey owl in border; fol. 138v Psalm 109, [D, 9 ll.] Throne of Mercy Trinity.

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initials [3 ll.] on white-patterned blue and dark pink grounds extending into border for ordinary Psalms; gold one-line verse initials within blue or dark pink bands with white foliate ornament extending full length down the text column; gold, blue and red geometric line-fillers.


History note: Partially trimmed notes in Middle Dutch written in fourteenth-century hand in lower borders of fols. 65r, 66r, 68r, 75v, 78v, 96v, 105r, 106v, 158r, 200r; pencil inscriptions ‘15336 / giu’ and ‘No. 12’ inside upper cover; purchased for the Museum from H. Chadwick in 1895.

Place(s) associated

  • Cambridge (Cambs.) ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England
  • Ghent ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1895) by Chadwick, H.


13th Century, Late#
Circa 1270 CE - Circa 1299 CE


Repaired and re-bound by Robert Proctor, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1994

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height 128 mm Width 100 mm
Text Height 78 mm Width 56 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: qui non abiit
  • Location: Fol. 1r
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: [here]ditatem tuam
  • Location: Fol. 2r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 248
Primary reference Number: 169756
Project ID: 97
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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