BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Certaine prayers out of the Psalmes, for divers purposes. England;
October 8, 1584.
ff. 1r-65v Psalms arranged as 66 prayers in prose.
f. 67 Song in praise of Christ's birth and one for the Lords supper.
ff. 68r-150v Metrical versions of 66 psalms by Thomas Sternhold,
John Hopkins, and others.
f. 151 "An exhortation unto ye praise of God to be songe before
morning and evening praier."
Paper with watermark of pot, Bricquet 12725 (Bruges, 1581). 153 ff. 196
x 157 mm (writing space: 157 x 103 mm.) 1 column, 24 lines (Psalms), 30
Bound in quires of four. Catchwords on every page.
Cursive bookhand script of the late 16th century. Title page
illustrated with columns wreathed with scrolls bearing the date and the
inscription "Christ adsit et praesit," and signed by I. S. Bound in
thick vellum, with mathematical calculations on back cover.
Owned by the Silvester family in the seventeenth century. End page
has signatures of William S., John Silvester, and Nathaniell. Front
cover has bookplate of Walter John Bruce Richards. Purchased from Percy
J. Dobell in 1949. Bequest of James M. Osborn, 1976.
Comment: On the verso of the title page are recorded the births of
William Silvester's five children from 1663 to 1673. On folio 151v,
after the exhortation, two hands repeat the last four lines, dated
1649, one by Rose Silvester. On 152r, Rose Silvester signs it as her
book on July 5, 1649. Next follows the signature of William Silvester
which then says "his booke and hee that Steles him shall bee hanged
upon a hoke as hie as William Silvester can looke."
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