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PSALMS, trans. Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke
England, s. XVII1
ff. 1-163v: The Psalmes of David done into English Verse by the Most Noble & Vertuous gent. Sr Phillipp Sidney Knt. Psalm 1, Hee Blessed is that neither loosely treades/ The straying steps as wicked councell leades…Conclude by all that ayre or life enfold/ Let high Jehovah highly be extolde. Finis. [f. 164:] The Seaven Penitentiall Psalmes of David. Psal. 6o, 32o, 51o, 102o, 130o, 143o. [f. 164v, 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 collated by Ringler as L.
Paper (Coat of arms somewhat similar to Heawood 514, dated 1594), ff. iii (modern paper) + 164 + iii (modern paper); 218 × 160 (189 × 111-116) mm. 12 24 312 (- a leaf in the second half; no loss of text) 46 58 66 710 86 910 106 1110 126 1310 146 1510 166 1710 186 1910 206 2110 226 (-6). Catchwords in the lower right corner of the recto and verso of each leaf. 24-28 lines of verse, frame ruled in brownish-red ink. Written in an italic script. Psalm numbers noted in the margins in the hand of the scribe. Bound, s. XVIII, in red morocco, gold tooled; marbled endpapers; gilt edges. Written in England in the first half of the seventeenth century. On f. ii, a note, s. XIX, quoting from the “Guardian vol. 1 p. 81” and presumably referring to this manuscript. Belonged to William Augustus White (1843-1927) of Brooklyn, New York; his name and the date 10 April 1922 in pencil on f. iii; not identified in his catalogues. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: Beal, SiP 79.
E. Heawood, Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1 (Hilversum 1950)

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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