The Macclesfield Psalter


Description and Contents

The manuscript has 32 quires. All are regular quaternions, composed of four bifolios, apart from the first quire, which originally had five bifolios. The manuscript has not suffered many losses, but two leaves are missing after fol. 1, and one leaf each is missing after fols. 95, 117, 141 and 252. At least three of the missing leaves were decorated with historiated initials.

The quires are grouped in two units, the first includes the Calendar and Prayer, and the other contains the rest of the manuscript’s content.