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MS. Holkham Gr. 93

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

Diktyon no.: 48161

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics


Language(s): Greek

(fols 1r-113v)
Aristotle, Ethica Nicomachea

Subdivided into ten books, numbering runs alphabetically from Α-Κ: ed. I. Bywater, Aristotelis ethica Nicomachea, Oxford, 1894 (repr. 1962), pp. 1–224 (Bekker 1094a1–1181b23): i) fols 1r-13r: Book I; ii) fols 13r-21v: Book II; iii) fols 21v-34r: Book III; iv) fols 34r-45v: ⟨Book IV⟩; v) fols 45v-57v: ⟨Book V⟩; vi) fols 57v-65v: ⟨ Book VI⟩; vii) fols 65v-78v: ⟨Book VII⟩; viii) fols 78v-90r: ⟨Book VIII⟩; ix) fols 90r-100v: Book IX; x) fols 101r-113v: Book X.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment (vellum)
Extent: iii + 120 vellum folios + iii paper leaves foliated as 121–123.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 mm.


1x 4–1 (iii), 12 × 10 (120), 1 × 4- 1 (123).


25 lines per page.


Written possibly by an Italian hand.


Rather simple decorative initials indicating beginning of each book.

Additions: Several explanatory glosses and or comments throughout the text. See e.g. fol. 13r, 21v etc.


Holkham binding of dark blue tooled 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: /ARISTOTELIS/ E THIC. /AD/ NICOMACHUM/GR.–/ MS. VEL./ SÆC. XV./ in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 93. Underneath this pasted leather (in gilt): 279


Origin: 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r, top right in black ink: signature of Th(omas) William Coke

Catalogue Nrs: front paste down, i(v), middle, in pencil: MS Holkham Gr. 93; fol. ii(r): (in pencil) No 271 (sup lin 293) 279 D2 B7; Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 279

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

2020-08-21: New description by D. Skrekas.