London: The British Museum / Longmans & Co
First Edition; Published Date: 1912
330 x 240 mm (13 x 9 inches) - 316pp.
Maroon hardback cloth cover.
VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Ink inscription to fep. Light foxing to prelims. Teg.
The Psalter is named for Queen Mary Tudor (1516 - 1558), daughter of King Henry VIII, but the manuscript was not made for her - in fact, it was produced nearly 200 years before Mary's birth. The Psalter was created in England, probably in London or East Anglia, between 1310 and 1320. Some scholars argue that it was made for Isabella of France (1295 - 1358), Queen of England and consort of Edward II, but unfortunately there is no certainty about this point. The Psalter was certainly created for an aristocratic patron, and possibly a royal one, but the lack of any colophon or coats of arms in the manuscript means that it has been impossible to conclusively link it to any original owner.
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