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MS. Holkham misc. 3

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


John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew,

nos. XXV-LXXXVI, translated by Georgius Trapezuntius (as pr. J. Mentelin, Strassburg (Proctor, 197)), with a dedicatory letter to Pope Nicholas V (not pr.): Iussisti beatissime pater ...'; the text breaks off in Homily 86: 'Quod autem est signum ...' (signature ix of the pr. ed.).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: reiiecit eum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment for the innermost and outermost bifolium of each quire, the rest paper. Watermarks: steer's head (not identifiable in Briquet); lettter R, cf. Briquet 8936.
Extent: iii (paper) + 144 + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 175 × 120 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-iii, 1–147




45 lines written below top line; in 1 column


Cursive 'fere humanistica'; rubrics in pink in a more formal humanistic bookhand.


A small square miniature of the author, in grey habit, writing in a small room, is in the lower border of fol. 1r; the four-sided vine-stem border also incorporates a butterfly, grasshopper, smail, and beetle. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 364, pl. XXXV) Large initial on blue, green and rose ground, fol. 1, spaces for other initials not filled in.


19th-century polished brown leather, both covers blind-tooled, and with the Coke crest in gilt on the upper cover; the spine lettered in gilt 'S. JOHANNES | CHRYSOSTOMI | OPERA || PER | G. TRAPEZUNT. | TRAD. || MS. | SÆC. XV.'


Origin: Italian, Naples (?); 15th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

A few marginal annotation by an early hand.

With the oval gilt bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE' (1754–1842) ; inscribed in pencil 'Holk Cat No 85', the number crossed through, and with the de Ricci catalogue number '66' written alongside (formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 66).

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.