The "Whitby" Psalter

Beinecke, MS 712.188

The manuscript is discussed in a blogpost here. Some of the Houghton leaves (online here) are not bound in correct textual sequence. Some leaves have a pencil foliation in the lower right corner; where visible in reproductions they are recorded below.

  • Pss. 2:2–3:6 
    • Houghton, fol. 2
  • Pss. 9:31–17:42
    • Houghton, fols. 3–10: 8 leaves, presumably a quire
  • Pss. 28:6–29:4 (“|| Et comminuet … lacum ||”) on one side. 
    • Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Museum of Art, 1986/2.87 (online)
  • Pss. 31:1–32:3
    • Houghton, fol. 1
  • (fol. __) Pss. 47:12–48:16 
    • New Haven, Beinecke Library,  Takamiya, MS 80 (online) (a bifolium with fol. 30)
  • (fol. 27) Pss. 49:13–50:8
    • Toronto, Thomas Fisher rare Book Library (online) [Added 21 April 2022]
  • (fol. 30) Pss. 53:5–54:13
    • See above
  • (fol. 38) Pss. 63:6–64:12
    • University of Notre Dame, Snite Museum, 73.51 (reported by me to Notre Dame in 2015)
  • (fol. 47) Pss. 70:22–71:15
    • This and the next three leaves: Beinecke Library, MS 712.188 (online) (formerly Stephen Keynes (d. 2017), formerly Esther Rosenbaum, sold at Sotheby’s, 25 May 1985, lot 70)
  • (fol. 48) Pss. 71:16–72:13
    • See above
  • (fol. 52?) Pss. 73:2–73:19
    • See above
  • (fol. 53?) Pss. 73:19–75:4
    • See above
  • (fol. 56?) Pss. 77:42–57
    • Forthcoming at Christie's, 2022
  • Pss. 89:15–90:6 on recto (text on verso not known)
    • Folio Fine Art, Catalogue 75 (Sept. 1970), no. 256 (ill.); and Maggs, Ancient Mediæval and Modern No. 14, Catalogue 973 (June 1976), no. 160, pl. VII (see image below)
  • Pss. 149:7–150:end
    • Houghton, fol. 11r
  • The six ferial Canticles
    • Houghton, fols. 11r–19v
  • Te Deum, Benedicite, Benedictus, Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, and Athanasian Creed
    • Houghton, fols. 19v–25r
  • Litany of the saints
    • Houghton, fols. 25r–28r
  • Five Collects, of which the second is very unusual: 
    • Houghton, fols. 28r–v
    • (i) Deus qui proprium est misereri ...
    • (ii) Deus multe [recte in te!] sperancium fortitudo ...
    • (iii) Protector in te sperancium ... 
    • (iv) Deus cui omni cor patet ...
    • (v) Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui facis mirabilia ...

Added (19th-century) verses of John Lydgate in English: 

  • "How Candelmasse first toke the name"
    • Houghton, fols. 29r–31r
  • "Lydgate’s commendation of Chaucer"
    • Houghton, fol. 31r–v; fol. 32r–v is blank.
  • Short verses in English "To our lady", "To the angels", etc.
    • Houghton, fol. 33r–v
Maggs, 1976


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