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
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·
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. ii-iv, 221v-224v blank.
15 lines per page. Ruling type: Derolez 31 / Leroy 00D1
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.
Decorative large head-pieces in red, preceding the two sections of the MS (fols 1r, 162r). Also selective initials (fols 1r, 162r, 172v).
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
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.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-08-20: New description by D. Skrekas.