British Library, Additional MS 70000
(Percy Psalter)


Produced: England (York), 1280-1290
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Psalter
Language: Latin
Folios: 168
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Script: Gothic
Dimensions: Height: 17.5 cm Width: 12 cm
Folio 55r


This manuscript is an illuminated Psalter made in York in the last quarter of the thirteenth century. It is the first part of the Percy Hours (Add MS 89379), which originally formed a single-volume Psalter-Hours.

Borders with marginal images, including scenes from the bestiary, in colours and gold: animals and hybrids (ff. 2v-14r); a stag hunt, with portraits of a lady and knight and 3 coats of arms (f. 16r); lions licking their cubs, with a magpie (f. 39v); the capture of a unicorn, with hybrids, a pelican feeding its young, and an owl (f. 55r); a beaver hunt, with a centaur, boar and crane (f. 65r); the capture of an antelope, with an owl, rabbit, bird and fighting cocks (f. 66r); a monkey hunt, with jays, a somersaulting woman, a hybrid and rabbits; a yale hunt, with an owl, a duck and a dog (f. 113v); two mermaids (f. 115v).

Other psalters with marginal scenes from the bestiary include Queen Mary Psalter (British Library, Royal MS 2 B VII) and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Gall.16.

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