British Library, Additional MS 62925
(The Rutland Psalter)


Produced: England, c. 1260
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Psalter
Language: Latin
Folios: 195
Illustrated: Yes
Scribe: Several hands (but one main hand)
Binding: 16th century blind stamped binding with armorial panel, gold tooled spine and 2 clasps
Media: Vellum
Script: Textualis Quadrata/Gothic Textualis Semi-quadrata
Dimensions: Height: 28.5 cm Width: 20.5 cm
Folio 98r


The Rutland Psalter: There are figural and grotesque bas-de-page scenes on almost every page, including scenes from the Bestiary and the Marvels of the East and many of a demonic character. - [adapted from the British Library description]

Six large miniatures and nine historiated initials mark the liturgical divisions of the text in this outstanding book. Its marginal decoration, which often appears to be frivolous and is generally unconnected with the psalms, icludes scenes of everyday life, animals, monsters, grotesques and subjects from mythology. This type of ornament became increasingly fashionable on both sides of the channel during the 13th and early 14th centuries and this is apparently the first major example of it in English illumination. - [Backhouse, 1998 page 80]

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