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MS. Holkham Gr. 49

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

Diktyon no.: 48117

Theophylact of Ohrid on Hosea and Habakkuk


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1r-137r)
⟨Theophylact of Ohrid⟩, ⟨Commentarius in Oseam⟩

PG 126, 575-820, with certain gaps.

2. (fols 137r-185r)
⟨Theophylact of Ohrid⟩, ⟨Commentarius in Habacuc⟩

PG 126, 820-904.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ii + 185 + ii at the end (numbered as fols 186-187). (Parts of) certain folios retain space for later additions, which were never filled: fols 1r, 2r-2v, 8v, 9r-9v, 27v-28r, 28v-29r, 137r.
Dimensions (leaf): 184 × 140 mm.


23 quires of 8 + 1 quire of 9 (fols 177-185); quire markings with Greek numerals on top of rectos, starting from α.


20 lines per page;


The same as in MSS. Holkham Gr. 50-51; fol. 185r written in cruciform: τέλος ἀββακοὺμ/ τοῦ προφήτου/ and surrounded by another in cruciform in red ink: δόξα σοι/ ὁ θ(εὸ)ς ἡμ(ῶν)/ ἀμήν.


Decorative Initials in red ink

Additions: Prophets’ names in hand of Morezenos? (on top of each page).


MSS Holkham Gr. 49-51 were once bound in one volume. See also Barbour, 601: ’50-51 originally one volume’. Barbour missed 49, but implies it as she gives collectively three manuscripts’ numbers and codicological details, ie MS Holkham Gr. 49-51, in the description of MS Holkham Gr. 51). 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: /INTERPRES/ IN HOSEAM/ ET/ HABAKUK/ MS. SÆC. XV/ in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 49.


Origin: 16th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r (at the top): ἐκ τῶν μάρκ(ου) μορ(ε)ζήνου κ(αὶ) θύτου; handwritten note in black ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Codex num. 49./ annorum circiter 150. / Interpretatio in Oseam/ et Habacuc.

Old Catalogue Nrs: fol. ir: (in pencil); Holk Cat. No. 118 137 76 CI.B13. fol. 1r (at the top), in brown ink): Μςον = Morezenos 56; Giustiniani 49; olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 76

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (September 2018), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.