Manuscript

British Library, Additional MS 42130
(The Lutterell Psalter)

Codicology

Produced: England (Lincoln), c. 1325-40
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Psalter
Language: Latin
Folios: 309
Illustrated: Yes
Binding: 17th century, brown calf decorated with red paint and elaborately stamped and tooled in gold, silver
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 35 cm Width: 24.5 cm
Folio 207v

Description

"...this psalter was made for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire (died 1345). Its illumination, though less polished than that of some of the slightly earlier manuscripts the period, is of unsurpassed vitality and marks the last stage of the East Anglian style. No directly comparable work is known." - Backhouse, 1997 page 113

"The subjects of the marginal paintings on ff. I3-Io8, I45-214 (gatherings ii-ix, xiii-xviii) may be classified as follows:

(b) Animals and mythological beings, including:

  • Unicorn, f. 15
  • Fox with goose, f. 31
  • Hawk, hooded and belied, f. 33v
  • Dragon-fly, f. 36v.
  • Robin, parrot, crow(?) and jay, f. 51
  • Bell-wether, f. 59
  • Kingfisher, f. 61
  • Woodhouse, f. 70
  • Mermaid, f. 70v
  • Goldfinch, f. 73
  • Goat, f. 76
  • Tiger with mirror, f. 84v
  • Pheasant, f. 84v
  • Snail, f. 159
  • Bull, f. 159v
  • Snail, f. 160
  • Griffin, f. 160v
  • Bat, f. 164
  • Centaur with bow and arrow, f. 164
  • Ram with four homs, f. 169
  • Reptiles on a mound, f. 185
  • Centaur, armed as a knight, attacking a boar, f. 187
  • Monkey with cloak, seated, f. 189v
  • Cat and mouse, f. 190, f. 204

Additional Descriptions

Additional description

Editions and Facsimiles

Printed facsimiles

The Folio Society, 2006

Digital facsimiles

British Library