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EL 35 C 39(EL 11637)

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PSALMS, trans. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
England, s. XVIIin
ff. 2-118: [f. 1r-v, ruled, but blank] Beatus vir, Psalme 1, He blessed is who neither looselie treades/ The strayeinge stepps as wicked counsaile leades…Conclude by all that aire or earth enfoulde/ Lett high Jehova highlie be extould. [ff. 118v-120v, ruled, but blank]
J. C. A. Rathmell, ed., The Psalms of Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke (New York 1963) for the complete text of the 150 psalms printed from the Penshurst manuscript belonging to the Viscount De L’Isle. W. A. Ringler, Jr., ed., The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney (Oxford 1962) 270-337, for the first 43 psalms, those translated by Sir Philip Sidney, omitting the Countess of Pembroke’s revisions and additions. This manuscript identified in C. C. Seronsy, “Another Huntington Manuscript of the Sidney Psalms,” HLQ 29 (1965-66) 109-16. On f. 34v, at the end of Ps. 43, “hactenus Sr. Phillip Sydney” in the hand of the scribe.
Paper (Post, similar to Heawood 3499, dated 1617, and Grapes similar to Heawood 2101, in Rochester, and to Heawood 2106, England 1622), ff. ii (contemporary paper) + 120 (120 now pastedown); 294 × 186 (255-258 × 142-145) mm. 1-46 5-64 76 84 9-186 192 2016. Catchwords usually in the lower right corner of the recto and verso of each leaf. 29-40 lines of verse, frame ruled in brownish-red ink. Written in a secretary script. Contemporary pagination, 1-5, on ff. 2-4. Bound, s. XVII, in limp parchment. Written in England in the early seventeenth century. Inscribed on f. i, s. XVII, the name “Henry Platt” and, in the same hand, “Foelix quem faciunt aliena pericula cautum” [Walther, Initia 6345]. Also on f. i, the pressmark “P:2.” in the hand of John Egerton (1579-1649), 1st Earl of Bridgewater, corrected to “P:2./7.” by the second Earl (1622-86); and, in modern pencil, “6711” corrected to “11637.” The current Bridgewater pressmark, “35 C 39,” on a paper label on the front pastedown. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7). Bibliography: Beal, SiP 78.
E. Heawood, Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1 (Hilversum 1950)
Huntington Library Quarterly
Walther, Initia
H. Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum medii aevi posterioris latinorum. Carmina medii aevi posterioris latina 1 (Göttingen 1959)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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