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Holkham c. 2

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

Boccacio, Filostrato, Ninfale Fiesolano, etc., in Italian; Italy (north-east), 15th century, second half; MS. additions (foliated separately) to a printed book


1. (fol. 1)
Boccacio, Filostrato

Ends, fol. 34a, followed by the verses from Reginald of Canterbury:

Incipit: Angele qui meus es custos
(Walther, Alphab. Verz., no. 973)
Colophon: Scriptus scriptorem salvet Christus per matris amorem. Franzescho Saranxi(?) de lorso [i.e. del'Orso (?)] ad riu(?) bon essarem.

Listed by V. Branca, Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio I, 1958, 43

Language(s): Italian
2. (fol. 34a)
Boccacio, Ninfale Fiesolano

Ends fol. 56. Leafs with stanzas 447–66 missing. Listed by Branca, op.cit., p. 53.

Language(s): Italian
3. (fols. 56–61vb)
Verse romance
Incipit: Signori chari essendo zoveneto
Explicit: Fa che sia presto, nel fin de lui va mio. Finis.
Language(s): Italian
4. (fols. 62–67va)
Istorietta di Ippolito e Leonora
Incipit: Pela [sic, leg. Nella] magnificha et belissima zita de Fiorenza

Pr. in various 15th cent. editions, also in L. B. Alberti, Opere volgari, ed. A. Bonucci, 1845, 3, pp. 275–94.

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -bbita honestade
Form: codex
Support: paper, strips of parchment at centres of quires. Watermark: cardinal's hat, not in Briquet but fairly close to 3387
Extent: 70 folios (fol. 15, 26 are double, fol. 64 is missing)
Dimensions (leaf): 313 × 223 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 230 × 155–61 mm.


1(10)-2(10), 3(8), 4(10)-6(10), 7(10)(2 missing), 8(10)(1 missing, 6–8 canc.), catchwords


38–40 lines; in 2 columns. Frame ruled in crayon.


Cursive script resembling 'mercantesca'.


Initials plain red or blue


Holkham binding, made for Coke of Norfolk by John Jones of Liverpool, between 1815 and 1823. Bound up with Boccaccio, Filocolo, pr. Venice 1472 (GW 4463).


Origin: Italian, North-East (?); 15th century, second half

Provenance and Acquisition

Cosimo Almeni, of Florence, cavaliere of the Tuscan Order of S. Stephano: 'Questo libro e del Cavaliere Cosimo Almeni nato in Fiorenza ma discendente della Augustisima Citta di Perugia Cavaliere del hordine di Toscana di S. Stefano Papa e martie', with the cross of the Order, and the motto: 'Sic fortis Hetruria crescit. Pietas. Fortitudo. Nobilitas', 16th century.

Later Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, MS. 722

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.