Der Ramsey-Psalter. Vollstandige Faksimile-Ausgabe von Codex 58/1 der Stiftsbibliothek St. Paul im Lavanttal (fols. 2-5, 11-174) und Ms M.302 der Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (fols. 1-5=fols. 6-10 der Originalhandschrift)
by Sandler, Lucy Freeman
2 vols.: I. Commentary/ Kommentar. 343 pp. papers (in both English and German) on the ca. 1300 manuscript psalter now divided and housed in both Lavanttal and New York, including general introduction on psalms and the Medieval Psalter, description of the psalter including its miniatures, initials, border decoration and textual features, the history of the Ramsey Abbey, the artists of this manuscript and contemporary manuscript illumination in England, etc., extensive notes, bibliographical material, and 52 illustrations; and, II. Vollstandige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat des Ramsey-Psalters. Unpaginated (173 leaves printed recto and verso) facsimile on simulated vellum, accurate to the most minor of details, including indentations on edges of pages, gold highlights, etc., with particularly fine reproductions of the miniatures and initials. 4to. Commentary volume, boards. Facsimile volume full leather, raised spines, slipcase. Graz (Akademische Druck) 1996-1999. Limited edition. (Codice Selecti Phototypice Impressi, 103). Around 1310, this Psalter, most likely created towards the end of the 13th century, was presented by William of Grafham, the Ramsey Abbey cellarer, to John De Sawtry, Abbot of Ramsey, to be used at the Abbey. The manuscript contained the standard types of illustration for English Gothic psalters, consisting originally of ten illustrated initials, of which nine survive, housed in the Abbey of St Paul in Lavantthal Austria, and a series of full page miniatures of Old and New Testament subjects, now housed in the Pierpont Library in New York. At the end of the prefatory narrative cycle there is also a unique sequence of miniatures referring specifically to the history of Ramsey Abbey, including scenes of its foundation, dedication, its benefactors, and episodes from the lives of its patron saints. (Inventory #: 47598)
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