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Utrecht Psalter Facsimile Edition

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The importance of the Psalter as the basis for monastic singing during the divine office dates back to the 6th century. The Utrecht Psalter is both one of the most exceptional manuscript from those years and possibly the most unconventional medieval Psalter. Crafted and decorated between 820 and 840 in the Benedictine abbey of Hautvillers, it was commissioned by Ebbo, the archbishop of Rheims and Louis the Pious's foster brother. This incredible Carolingian illuminated manuscript is the first known illustrated Psalter in the field of Western book craft.

The Utrecht Psalter: 166 Masterly Crafted Illustrations

The 150 psalms are flanked by opulent page-wide drawings. The sketches often feature small figures that seem to have been 'doodled' with only a few pen traits. These simple though extremely lively characters often move within barely outlined backgrounds and sceneries. They are a perfect match to the beauty of the text's rustic capital script. Due to their creative liveliness, many famous scholars have equaled the master who painted them to the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh or even Rembrandt. The incredible expressiveness of the Utrecht Psalter strikes us, but so too does the master's painstaking effort to make his illustrations follow the text as closely as possible, though using images imbued with symbolism.

An Influential Work of Art

The Utrecht Psalter has been influencing Western art ever since it was made, both in manuscript illumination and in other fields of Carolingian art. Its 'spiritual elements' inspired European artists through the ages with. Around the year 1000 AD, the book was taken to England. After Henry VIII's dissolution of the English monasteries, the manuscript was acquired by private owners, and in the 16th century, it was part of  Sir Robert Cotton's collection. The renowned English bibliophile had it bound in red leather, as it still appears nowadays.

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Red leather

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Utrecht Psalter":

#1 Der Utrecht-Psalter (Luxury Edition)

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1982

  • Commentary (German) by Van der Horst, K.
  • Limited Edition: 980 numbered copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Complete colour facsimile edition of the 222 pp. (111 fol.) and of the first inner end paper in original size (330 x 256 mm). The manuscript comprises the complete psalter on 184 pp., evangelic fragments on 24 pp. and 14 end papers. The manuscript contains 166 pen-and-ink drawings at the beginning of the 150 psalms and of the 16 canticles. All folios are cut according to the original. The commentary volume includes 116 pages and introduces the reader to the world of the Carolingian Renaissance while also providing a comprehensive explanation of the manuscripts lavish decoration.

Binding

All leather, faithful replica of the original binding which was made for Sir Robert Cotton in 1600.

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#2 Der Utrecht-Psalter (Faux-Leather Edition)

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1982

  • Commentary (German) by Van Der Horst, K.
  • Limited Edition: 980 numbered copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Complete colour facsimile edition of the 222 pp. (111 fol.) and of the first inner end paper in original size (330 x 256 mm). The manuscript comprises the complete psalter on 184 pp., evangelic fragments on 24 pp. and 14 end papers. The manuscript contains 166 pen-and-ink drawings at the beginning of the 150 psalms and of the 16 canticles. All folios are cut according to the original. The commentary volume includes 116 pages and introduces the reader to the world of the Carolingian Renaissance while also providing a comprehensive explanation of the manuscripts lavish decoration.

Binding

A faithful replica of the original binding which was made for Sir Robert Cotton in 1600. The difference between this edition and the luxury edition is that here the binding is produced with faux-leather instead of real leather.

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