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MS. Holkham Gr. 90

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

Diktyon no.: 48158

Herodotus, Histories, Book I and alphabetical list of verbs and their syntax

Contents

Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1r-161v)
Herodotus, History I

Ed. N. G. Wilson, Herodoti Historiae, vol. 1, Oxford, 2015, pp. 3–126; fol. 1r (in red ink): Ἡρόδοτος ῥήτωρ ἱστορικός/ Ἡρόδοτος ἱστορικός· ἡ ἱστορία αὐτοῦ διὰ μουσῶν· ὁ πρῶτος κλειώ·

2. (fols 162r-221r)
Syntactical Lexicon,

tit. τῶν καταστοιχείων γραμμάτων σύνταξις, inc. ἀγορανομῶ γενικῆ … des. ὠφελῶ αἰτιατική. Extracts ed. F. W. Sturz, Etymologicum Graecae linguae Gudianum et alia grammaticorum scripta e codicibus manuscriptis nunc primum edita, Leipzig 1818, pp. 587–592.

(fols 162r-172r)

α

(fols 172v-173v)

β

(fols 173v-174v)

γ

(fols 174v-179r)

δ

(fols 179r188v)

ε

(fols 188v-189r)

ζ

(fols 189r-189v)

η

(fols 189v-190v)

θ

(fols 190v-191r)

ι

(fols 191r-198v)

κ

(fols 198v-199v)

λ

(fols 199v-201r)

μ

(fol. 201v)

ν

(fol. 202r)

ξ

(fols 202r-203r)

ο

(fols 203r-209r)

π

(fol. 209r)

ρ

(fols 209v-213r)

σ

(fols 213r-214v)

τ

(fols 214v-217v)

υ

(fols 218r-219r)

φ

(fols 219v-220r)

χ

(fols 220r-220v)

ψ

(fols 220v-221r)

ω; fol. 221r: τέλος τῆς καταστοιχεί(ων) συντάξεως:

Fols. ii-iv, 221v-224v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermark, cf. ‘colonne couronnée’, Briquet 4412 (Siena 1465, Siena 1467–1476, Venice 1476- 1477).
Extent: iii + 221 leaves + iii foliated as 222–224.
Dimensions (leaf): 282 × 190 mm.

Collation

1 × 4–1 (iii), 20 × 8 (160), 1 × 2–1 (161), 7 × 8 (217), 1 × 4 (221), 1 × 4–1 (224). Greek marks on the bottom of beginning-end of quires: αον-καον (fols 1–161) and αον-ηον (fols 162–218). Also traces of now trimmed signs possibly in hand of Pietro di Montagnana: fols 66r: i2, 156r: u4; 186r: d1. See Gamba, Pietro Da Montagnana: La Vita, Gli Studi, La Biblioteca Di Un Homo Trilinguis, PhD. thesis, 29 January 2016, p. 343

Layout

15 lines per page. Ruling type: Derolez 31 / Leroy 00D1

Hand(s)

It has been proposed that the scribe was an anonymous Cretan, responsible for many other mss. belonged to Pietro da Montagnana. Cf. Gamba, Pietro Da Montagnana: La Vita, Gli Studi, La Biblioteca Di Un Homo Trilinguis, PhD. thesis, 29 January 2016, pp. 247–255.

Decoration

Decorative large head-pieces in red, preceding the two sections of the MS (fols 1r, 162r). Also selective initials (fols 1r, 162r, 172v).

Additions:

Binding

Holkham binding of red leather, with Coke family ostrich crest in gilt in the centre of the upper cover The counter-plates are also covered in leather, decorated in gold with a two-edged frame and floral elements in the corners. Date: early nineteenth century. Rebound by John Jones of Liverpool (worked for Holkham 1816–1823). The spine lettered in gilt: HERODOTI/ HISTORIAE/ GR.//M.S./ SÆC. XIV./; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 90

History

Origin: 15th c. (ca 1460–1475).

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: Fol. 1r (right side in the corner, black ink): signature of Th(omas) William Coke. Latin notes passim, in hand of Pietro Floriani da Montagnana 15, † 1478. http://incunables.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/provenance/record/2498 This MS alongside MSS Holkham Gr. 84, 103 and BL Additional MS 47674 were bequeathed to the Monastery of San Giovanni di Verdara in Padua by Pietro da Montagnana. See on BL Additional MS 47674, T. C. Skeat, 'Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Holkham Hall Library, part II: The Manuscripts', British Museum Quarterly 17 (1952) 25–33 (no. 8), R. W. Hunt, ‘Pietro da Montagnana: a Donor of Books to san Giovanni di Verdara in Padua’, Bodleian Library Record 9 (1973) 17–22 and N. G. Wilson, From Byzantium to Italy. Greek Studies in the Italian Renaissance, London, 2017, p. 130. For a discussion of Montagnana’s annotations on Holkham Gr. 90, see E. Gamba, Pietro Da Montagnana: La Vita, Gli Studi, La Biblioteca Di Un Homo Trilinguis, PhD. thesis, 29 January 2016, PhD. thesis, 29 January 2016, Università degli Studi di Padova, passim and esp. pp. 89, 95, 96, 126, 168, 244, 251, 284.

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.

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: New description by D. Skrekas.