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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. (Pächt and Alexander 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.