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MS. Holkham misc. 53

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


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 154 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 290 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 255 × 185–90 mm.
Foliation: Foliated as MS. Holkham misc. 49, and continuing from MS. Holkham misc. 52: Clvii-CCCx; paper flyleaves and unwritten parchment leaves foliated in modern pencil: i-iii, 311–314.


36 written lines, below top line; in 2 columns


Fine lettre bâtarde.


Illuminated leaves removed and replaced, leaving some slight offsets (see e.g. fols. 200v, 221v, etc.); spaces left for miniatures on replacement leaves (fols. 158r, 201r, 222r, 260r).


Bound and decorated as MS. Holkham misc. 49, but with with 'TOM. IV.' on the spine.


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.

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE' (fol. i recto), formerly Holkham Hall, MS. 658, vol. IV.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.