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MS. Holkham misc. 52

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


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + i (original? parchment) + 157 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 290 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 255 × 190 mm.
Foliation: Almost all of the the text leaves with original foliation in red ink above the right-hand column of text: [i]-Clvii; endleaves foliated in modern pencil, i-iv, 158–160.


36 written lines, below top line; in 2 columns


Fine lettre bâtarde.


Spaces left for miniatures on replacement leaves (fols. 1, 18, 72, 113); the originals had at least coats of arms (see offsets on facing leaves).


Bound and decorated as MS. Holkham misc. 50, but with 'TOM. III' on the spine.


Origin: Flemish ; c. 1490

Provenance and Acquisition

Spanish inscription (fol. iv verso).

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, fol. 1r); bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE'

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

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.