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Book/Printed Material Psalter. Liber psalmorum, canticorum et hymnorum iuxta usum ... monasterii ... Ottoburani

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  • Psalter.

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  • Liber psalmorum, canticorum et hymnorum iuxta usum ... monasterii ... Ottoburani


  • This psalter was produced in Ottobeuren from 1583 onwards, as can be inferred from the title page (leaf 1 recto). It was written by a local Benedictine monk David Aichler, or Aicheler (1544-96), whose name (now partially erased) appears on the front page and on leaf 143 recto, at the end of the canticles. Aicheler, who became abbot of Andechs in 1588, is also named in the homage poem by Johannes Dominicus Hess. The work on the manuscript took Aicheler at least another year, i.e., up to 1584. Some of the holidays mentioned in the calendar that have been accented by red ink clearly point to Ottobeuren. The most remarkable of these holidays are the feast of the seven sons of Felicitas - including the church patron Alexander - on July 10; the remembrance day for Rupert, abbot of Ottobeuren from 1102 to 1145, on August 16; and the date of the consecration of the church, September 28. In addition, the two Ottobeuren patron saints, Alexander and Theodore, are highlighted by the book illumination: Alexander is facing his six brothers in the middle of the historiated initial on leaf 185 verso; Theodore is in the center of the historiated initial on leaf 200 verso. The manuscript is illuminated with 36 body color initials or gold initials at the beginning of particular psalms, canticles, and hymns. In addition, there are 37 historiated initials, 19 of which are in the section of the psalter. At the end of the manuscript, on leaf 230 verso, is the aforementioned poem by Hess. A monk and humanist poet who died in 1594, Hess was among the first six brothers of the Franciscan monastery in Salzburg and had come from Ingolstadt to Salzburg in 1583. In his verses he mentions the scribe, David Aicheler; the artist, "Werlinus," and the bookbinder who produced the codex, Pantaleon Straub (died 1599). Straub was a pharmacist and bookbinder in Ottobeuren. He finished his work on the codex probably by the year 1586. The psalter was possibly among the valuable manuscripts that in 1800, during the Napoleonic Wars, were handed to the French general Claude Jacques Lecourbe (1759-1815). In the late 19th century the codex was owned by "abbé J. Meuret, curé de Sorel-Moussel" as can be inferred from an entry of ownership, dated January 9, 1895 on the rear paste-down. The codex was purchased by the Bavarian State Library in 1977.


  • Aicheler, David, 1545-1596 Creator.
  • Hess, Johann Dominicus, flourished 1572-1594 Contributor.
  • Straub, Pantaleon, died 1599 Binder.
  • Werlinus Illuminator.

Created / Published

  • Ottobeuren, Germany : [publisher not identified], [1583 to 1586]


  • -  Germany--Bavaria
  • -  1583 to 1586
  • -  Bible. Old Testament
  • -  Calendars
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Miniatures (Illuminations)
  • -  Psalms
  • -  Psalters


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "This description of the work was written by Beatrice Hernad.|BSB shelfmark: Clm 28999"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 242 folios, parchment : illustrated, sheet music ; 53.5 x 39 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Bavarian State Library.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


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  • 2021668205

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Aicheler, David, Creator, Johann Dominicus Hess, Pantaleon Straub, and Werlinus Illuminator. Psalter. [Ottobeuren, Germany: publisher not identified, to 1586, 1583] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Aicheler, D., Hess, J. D., Straub, P. & Werlinus Illuminator. (1583) Psalter. [Ottobeuren, Germany: publisher not identified, to 1586] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Aicheler, David, Creator, et al. Psalter. [Ottobeuren, Germany: publisher not identified, to 1586, 1583] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.