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Psalter (volume 2 of 2)

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Volume 2 of a two-volume psalter (containing a collection of Psalms), this volume comprising 112 folios (ff.) and 4 leaves. ff. 1 - 84: Psalms 80-150 ff. 84v - 103: Canticles [Six ferial canticles (Confitebor, Ego dixi, Exultavit cor meum, Cantemus domino, Domine audivi, Audite celi), Te deum,...

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Bookplate of Matthias Bruen (1793 - 1829, New York City, NY), with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover, his signature on f. 108v, "M. Bruen/ Brighton House".


After 18th century, separated from first volume [see note 1]. By 1829, Matthias Bruen (1793 - 1829), New York [see note 2]; By 1895, by descent to his daughter Frances D. Bruen (Mrs. Charles C. Perkins) (d. 1909); 1909, by descent to her son Charles B. Perkins [see note 3]; 1922, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1500 [see note 4]. (Accession Date: March 2, 1922) NOTES: [1] The first volume of the set is in the same style binding as the MFA volume. The two volumes were separated sometime after they were bound in the 18th-century. [2] Bookplate of Matthias Bruen, with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover, his signature on f. 108v, "M. Bruen/ Brighton House." [3] Lent by Mrs. Charles C. Perkins to the MFA, November 27, 1895. After her death, this manuscript was transferred to her son, Charles B. Perkins, and returned to him on March 23, 1921. [4] MFA accession numbers 22.375-22.379 were purchased together for $1500.

Credit Line

Frank S. Adams Fund

Southern Netherlandish (Bruges), Medieval (Gothic), mid-15th century

Place of Manufacture

Bruges, Flanders


Overall (page dimensions): 11.7 x 8.2 cm (4 5/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink and pencil (modern) with gold on parchment; bindings of red morocco over pasteboard with gilding and light blue thread endbands




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