Psalterium cum canticis

Psalterium cum canticis, ca. 1450.


The Largest Manuscript

A psalter is defined as a copy of, or a volume containing, the Psalms, especially as arranged for liturgical or devotional use. This psalter was probably produced around 1450 AD. It is 67 by 49 centimeters, and is bound in the original leather with wooden boards and iron clasps. It is a consistent favorite with visiting groups of school children, who are awed by its size.


 The American Edition of Boydell’s Illustrations

Boydell, John. The American Edition of Boydell’s Illustrations of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, by the Most Eminent Artists of Great Britain. New York: Restored and published with original descriptions of the plates, by Shearjashub Spooner, 1852.

The Largest Book

The large folio American edition of the works of Shakespeare is noted for its copper-plate engravings from drawings by "the most eminent artists of Great Britain." It was printed from original copper plates which were restored for the edition, and contains 100 designs, including portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte. The American edition differs somewhat from the original English edition by John and Josiah Boydell, which appeared in 1803.