De CL Psalmen des Propheten Davids Petrum Dathenum. Very rare Psalter - Psalms of David, contemporary binding in tortoise shell, with 4 decorative silver coloured clasps.
Stunning title page, crisp hand text block, ornate embellishments to text, medieval music staves. This little psalter at the time would have been made for a wealthy person and the shell would have been imported, making this little book rare and expensive at the time and even rarer now. Beautiful colourings to cover, the last photo I moved the psalter in to the sun light in order to better show the colours. Traces of gold remain to page edges.
Tortoise shell: Front and back tortoiseshell covers are not perfect, the front is better than the back with a small nibble above the left hinge and beneath right clasp, back has more damage to edges (pls see last two photos as this is the back). Spine: ivory with area missing to back top (visible pics 11 and 12) and the front has also has some missing (pic 1), there is a small slither completely separate to the book but shown in the 2 photos I've taken, ivory spine cover is attached to back of Psalter but not attached to spine itself (pls view pic 10). Metal work: Front, of the 4 clasps/hinges, they are all present although on the spine side they are not attached and the bottom one has a bit on the end missing. Back: hinges on spine side are present and attached to spine, bottom left is also complete with the original closing bar which fits snugly onto the front of the book still working, however the top clasp needs repair and has the bar missing. No foxing to the pages but the odd mark commensurate with age, crisp, quality text.Measures: 10 cm x 6.5 cm x 3 cm approx. Overall, although there is restoration needed to the coverings, the actual text appears complete, original, firmly bound and in lovely condition. This is an extremely rare book which has received no restoration and thus would benefit from this now in order to preserve. The item "1678 Dutch Psalter, psalms of David original tortoise shell antique book rare" is in sale since Sunday, January 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "calvimusic" and is located in Chepstow, Monmouthshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Liechtenstein, Macao, Monaco, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Chile, Bahamas, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam.