[Psalm 1 opening, Utrecht Psalter, 9th century, source: Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht]
The Psalter began its existence in Reims, France, probably in the early 9th century. It may have been commissioned by Archbishop Ebbo, or possibly his successor Hincmar, as a gift for someone in the royal family.* It may well have been kept at court but by the year 1000 it had been moved to Canterbury Cathedral in England, where it would remain for the next several hundred years. With the Dissolution of the Monasteries it fell into private hands, eventually ending up at the University of Utrecht where it resides now.
[Psalm 43, Utrecht Psalter, 9th century, Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht, Source: Early Morning Discussions]
[Psalm 23, Utrecht Psalter, 9th century, Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht, source: Memerise]
*Most likely Louis the Pious, his wife Judith, or Charles the Bald.
Psalterium Latinum - Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht (Digital copy of the Psalter)
The Utrecht Psalter - Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht
About the Psalter - Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht [Go watch the videos at this link! They're really cool!]
Beckwith, John. Early Medieval Art. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers, 1964.
De Hamel, Christopher. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1994.
HInks, Roger. Carolingian Art. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1962.
The Utrecht Psalter - History of Information
Dr. Seuss and the Utrecht Psalter - Burnable Books