Bamburgh Select 23Russian Psalter
Held by: Durham University Library: Bamburgh Manuscripts

Russian Orthodox Psalter, written in 16th or 17th century, in the Bamburgh Castle Library.


Physical description of manuscript
Support

Paper (watermark cross of type Piccard Kreuz 662-3, late 16th century)

Extent: ii+106+ii f
Size: 210 mm x 145 mm

Foliation

Unfoliated

Collation

I8 (-7), II-IX8, X8 (- 1-2), XI-XIII8, XIV (5 leaves survive)


Condition of manuscriptSome pages missing; Up to Psalm xii, 3; Psalm xviii.12 - xx.6, Psalm xcvii.6 - c.5 and the end of the second canticle are all missing.
Layout

21 lines per page; kathismatic divisions.

Script

Written in an ordinaryRussian bookhand

Decoration

Each Psalm starts with a large initial, some with minor decoration.

Corrections and annotation

On the board of the inside front cover (no pastedown) “two cyrillic alphabets and a few other letters, clearly the work of a foreigner (the letters are inexpertly formed and the order is eccentric, showing Greek influence)” (Cleminson 1988)

Binding

Full brown leather blind stamped over boards, reused from a larger book.


Manuscript history
Creation

Written in Russia, 16th or 17th century.

Provenance

Part of the Bamburgh Castle Library, so probably acquired by a member of the Sharp family.


Manuscript contents
f.1-106
Modern title: Psalter
Date: 16th/17th century
Language: Russian Church Slavonic

Psalter and canticles


Bibliography

Cleminson, Ralph, A union catalogue of cyrillic manuscripts in British and Irish collections   OCLC citation, (London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1988)