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MS. Holkham misc. 2

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


Eusebius , De evangelica preparatione,

in the translation of Georgius Trapezuntius (as pr. Venice, 1470: GKW, 9440; Proctor, no. 4066)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Cum quid sit
Form: codex
Support: Parchment, the edges of the first two leaves badly damaged; other leaves less badly damaged, usually repaired with parchment.
Extent: iii (paper) + 150 + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 160 × 90 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-iii, 1-135


1(12) (+2 added at the beginning), 2(10)-14(10), 15 six leaves only remain, 16 missing catchwords


33-34 lines written 'below top line'; in 1 column(s)




The first leaf with cherubs, a parrot, an owl, and a butterfly in a full border; the bottom border with cherubs supporting a wreath, within which a coat of arms is not painted; a similar simpler partial border is on the second leaf. (P&A ii. 238)

Large gold initials on blue, green and pink grounds with full and half borders of vine and scroll design (fol. 1 and 2); a few smaller similar initials, the rest plain blue.


Typical Holkham binding of straight-grained brown morocco, with the gilt crest, the spine lettered 'EUSEBIUS | DE EVANGELICA | PREPARATIONE | -- | LAT. MS. | SÆC. XV. || 71'


Origin: Italian, Florence ; 15th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

Thomas William Coke (1754-1842): with his oval gilt bookplate on the upper pastedown, and inscribed 'Thos. Wilm. Coke.' (fol. 1r, on the repaired area of the leaf); formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 71, no. 71 in de Ricci's catalogue.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.