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MS. Holkham misc. 50

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


Jacques de Guise, Annals of Hainault (tr. Jean de Wauquelin ; vol. I.)
Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + i (original parchment flyleaf (?)) + 160 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 290 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 255 × 180 mm.
Foliation: Original foliation in red ink in roman numerals above the left column of text: [i]-clx; endleaves foliated in modern pencil i-iv, 161–163.


36 written lines, below top line; in 2 columns


Fine lettre bâtarde.


Miniatures with four-sided border, coat of arm, etc. (fols. 1r, 25r, 90r), one smaller miniature depicting the author/scribe at work, with one-sided border and coat of arms (fol. 2v)


19th-century Holkham binding of polished red straight-grained morocco over pasteboards; the spine lettered in gilt 'CHRONIQUE | DES CONTES | D'HAINAULT || MS | SEC. XV. || 658 | TOM. I.'


Origin: Flemish ; c. 1490

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for a member of the Berlaimont family (on whom see Goethals, 1849, (unpaginated)) who married into the Ligne family (with the quartered arms of both families), perhaps Gilles, Seigneur de Berlaimont, Hierges, Péruwelz, and Beauraing, who married Mary de Ligne, Lady of Lens, and Lady of Belœil (Hassall, 1970, 15); remained in the family until the 16th century.

Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares; to his nephew, Gaspar de Haro, Spain (see Gallardo, 1889, cols. 1479 and 1517).

The Augustinians of Lyon.

Bought by Thomas Coke (signed by him); bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE'

Acquired by the Bodleain, 1981

Formerly Holkham Hall, MS. 658, vol. I.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.