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MS. Holkham Gr. 102

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

Diktyon no.: 48170

Cleomedes, On the circular movement of heavenly bodies, and an Anonymous Treatise on the Astrolabe.


1. (fols 1r-42v)
Cleomedes, De motu circulari corporum caelestium

Ed. R. Todd, Cleomedis Caelestia (Μετέωρα), Leipzig, 1990, pp. 1–84: i) fols 1r-22v: Book 1, ed. Todd, pp. 1–43; ii) fols 23r-42v: Book 2, ed. Todd, pp. 44–84. fol. 39r: space of six lines, with no text loss, maybe left for an image. Ed. Todd, p. 77, Book 2. 5. 151 ff.

Language(s): Greek
2. (fols 43r-45v)
De astrolabio

Anonymous, tit. Ἐξήγησις μερικὴ περὶ τοῦ ἀστρολάβου σαφεστάτη καὶ σύντομος, inc. Εἰ βούλει γινώσκειν τὴν τοῦ ἀστρολάβου μέθοδον, … des. καὶ ταῦτα μὲν περὶ τῆς μεθόδου τοῦ ἀστολάβου. Ed. E. Hiller, ‘Miscellen A. Mittheilungen aus handschriften. Der codex Marcianus 303’, Philologus 31 (1872) 177.9–180. 39. Cf. ed. H. Hase, ‘Joannis Alexandrini, cognomine Philoponi, de vsu (sic) astrolabii ejusque constructione libellus.
E. Codd. Mss, Regiae bibliothecae Parisiensis marmorum Dresdensium regius custos᾽, Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 6 (1839) 158–159 (Αἰγυπτίου ἑρμηνεία τῆς τοῦ ἀστρολάβου χρήσεως); ed. A. Delatte, Anecdota Atheniensia et alia. vol. 2. Liège, Paris, 1939, pp. 254–262 (IV. Anonyme, Ἑτέρα ἐξήγησις περὶ τοῦ ἀστρολάβου.).

Language(s): Greek
3. (fols 46r, 47r (pasted paper))

Notes in Latin (post 1630) on Cleomedes MS and similar editions with dates (cf. Procli de sphaera liber. Cleomedis de mvndo, sive circularis inspectionis meteororum libri duo. Arati Solensis Phænomena, siue Apparentia. Dionysii Aphri descriptio orbis habitabilis, Antwerp, 1553, Uranologion, sive Systema variorum authorum qui de sphaera ac sideribus eorumque motibus graece commentati sunt. Sunt autem horum libri Gemini, Achillis Tatii Isagoge ad Arati Phaenomena, Hipparchi libri tres ad Aratum, Ptolemaei de apparentiis, Theodori Gazae de mensibus, Maximi, Isaaci Argyri... S. Andreae Cretensis Computi, omnia vel graece ac latine nunc primum edita, val ante non edita, cura... Dionysii Petavii,... Accesserunt variarum dissertationum libri octo ad authores illos intelligendos... utiles, eodem authore, Paris, 1630 : i) fol. 46r: (in pencil, newer hand, 18th c. :1000); in brown ink: inc. Cleomedes etiam … des. I. II c. XVII; ii) fol. 47r: (in pencil, newer hand, 18th c. :1000); in brown ink: inc. Quorum quaedam … des. reprititis? /nd. Jun. S(?)at. 6. (the last three words in black ink).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 163 mm.


1 × 2–1 (i), 1 × 2 (iii), 2 × 8 (16), 7 × 4 (44), 1 × 6–1 (49), 1 × 2–1 (50 + 1 endleaf paper pasted)


25 lines per page.


One scribe.


Decorative head-pieces preceding each sections: (in red ink): fol. 1r, fol. 23r, fol. 43r

Additions: Explanatory diagrams throughout the text: fol. 4v, 10v, 17r. fol. 22r: Τέλος τοῦ πρώτου. Fol. 45v: (in red ink, very faint): τέλος τέλος/ τέλος /τῶ θ(ε)ῶ δόξα/ ἀμἠν/ τέλος.


Typical Holkham binding of brown leather, with Coke family ostrich crest in gilt in the centre of the upper cover; Date: early nineteenth century. Rebound by John Jones of Liverpool (worked for Holkham 1816–1823. The spine lettered in gilt: / CLEOMEDI⟨S⟩/OP./ GR.–//MS./; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLK./ Gr. 102/


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r in black ink: signature of Th(oma)s Wil(lia)m Coke.- ; right bottom: in pencil note with a date 1690. Catalogue Numbers: Catalogue Nrs: Seidel, quarto, no. 54, p. 17. See Catalogus Librorum Bibliothecae Seidelianae Catalogus librorum bibliothecae Seidelianae: pro parata pecunia divendendorum quorum auctio hic Francofurti ad Viadr. die 23. Febr. 1712,, Frankfurt 1712; Bibliotheca Insignis & Numerosa Viri Piè Defuncti, Generosissimi & Doctissimi Dni. Dni. Andr. Erasmi de Seidel ...: Continens Non Solum Libros Manuscriptos Variar. Materiar. & Lingvar. Nempe Germanicae, Latin. ... Sed Etiam Typis Excusos in Aliis, Praeter Jam Dictas, Linguis Materiis, & Gacultaib. Non Postremos, Quorum Aucito Habebitur Die I.Mo & Seqq. Augusti ... Laurentius, 1718, p. 17: ‘Cleomedis, Autoris Græci, Commentarius de Sphæra ac Syderibus eorumque motibus Græcè’. See also R. Förster, 'Handschriften in Holkham', Philologus 42 (1884) 161–162 and 164. Förster identifies part of the description in Seidel’s catalogue, folio, n. 195, p. 77 (namely of MS. Holkham Gr. 67, olim cod. CCXCVII), as referring to the MS Holkham Gr. 102 (olim cod. CCXCI): … Est Codex egregius Graecus in charta bombycina non inelegander conscriptus ante plus quam quingentos, ut videtur, annos’’, but while omitting the rest of the reference from Seidel’s catalogue, because it describes MS. Holkham Gr. 67: Perpauca quædam Folia passim, tum in medio tum in fine, desiderantur, he fails to explain how the entry makes a mixture of two codices and more importantly why the MS under question has a separate entry in Seidel’s catalogue (n. 54, p. 17); See also S. de Ricci, A handlist of manuscripts in the library of the Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall: abstracted from the catalogues of William Roscoe and Frederic Madden (Supplement to the Bibliographical Society's Transactions, 7, Oxford, 1932), p. 24: From the A. E. Seidel sale (Berlin, 1718, no. 54). However, S. de Ricci was unable to see Seidel’s sale catalogue(s). See S. de Ricci, p. xi, esp. fn. 1. Front paste-down (in pencil), fol. i (v): MS. Holkham Gr. 102/ bottom left: 662. b.; fol. ii(r): D2B.9 No 286 (sup lin 291) (= Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 291).

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (2020), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.


Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-22: New description by D. Skrekas.