A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Holkham misc. 37

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


Guido de Colonna, De bello Troiano,

starting imperfect in the prologue, due to the loss of the first leaf.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et particulariter(fol. 1)
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 198 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 135 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 145 × 90 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-iii, 1–201.


1(8)(wants 1), 2(8)-24(8), 25(8) (8 canc.), catchwords quires 1–24 signed a-z in ref on the first leaf


26 written lines per page; in 1 column. Frame ruling.



Blue initials with red flourishes.


Typical Holkham binding of polished and diced brown leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'GUIDO DE | COLUMNIS | DE BELLO | TROIANO. || MS. | MEMB. | SÆC. XIV.'


Origin: English ; 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

The abbey of Bury St. Edmunds: 'Eadmundo sancto pertinet iste liber et Dompno Iohanni Wulf(?)spett' (fol. 196v, cf. 198r), and 'Liber dompni Iohannis Bardwell monachi sancti Edmundi' (fol. 197v), both 15th century.

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE'; inscribed with notes by his friend 'W.[illiam] R.[oscoe]' (fol. ii recto-verso); seen and described by M. R. James by 1921; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 469.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.