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MS. Duke Humfrey d. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no detailed description available


Palladius, De agricultura

Verse translation made for Humfrey Duke of Gloucester.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Illuminated initials, one (fol. 1r) with the arms of Duke Humfrey, and penwork initials; translator's preface and epilogues written in a scheme of alternating colours.


Origin: 1442–3(?) (after 1439, before 1447) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester (1390–1447), with his arms, and an inscription probably in his hand

Inscribed 'William Hodgkin', 'Georg Hodgkin' and 'Fly:(?) Hodgkin', all probably 17th-century (fol. 119v)

James West, M.P. (c. 1704–72), signed 'J. West 1767' (fol. ii r)

Sixth Earl Fitzwilliam, of Wentworth Woodhouse, by 1862

William Charles de Meuron, seventh Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1943), with his bookplate and the Wentworth Woodhouse shelfmark 'Z.I.22'.

Allocated to the Bodleian in 1984 in lieu of capital transfer tax.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.