MS. Holkham misc. 21
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Wanting the end of ch. 28 and all of ch. 29 due to the loss of a leaf after fol. 142.
The second and third parts are in an abbreviated form. Each is preceded by a list of chapters.
37 lines per page, written below top line; in 2 columns
One good historiated initial depicting a seated clerk reading from a book on a lectern, in which the opening words may be read as those of the present work. (P&A i. 777, pl. LXXIV). Blue and rose initial on gold ground with three-quarter border. Other initials gold on rose and blue grounds.
Typical Holkham binding; the spine lettered in gilt 'OCULUS | SACERDOTUM || MS. MEMBR. | SÆC. XIV.'
Provenance and Acquisition
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) : described as 'Oculus Sacerdotum' among the 'Divinity MSS.' in the catalogue of his library (William O. Hassall, ed., A catalogue of the library of Sir Edward Coke (Yale Law Library Publications, 12: London, 1950), no. 224).
Bookplate of ' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE ' (1754-1842), and signed 'Thos. Willm. Coke' (fol. i verso), fol. ii recto with notes inscribed by his friend William Roscoe (1753-1831), formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 159.
Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)