A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Holkham misc. 30

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


Legal collection

Collection of English common law.

Language(s): Latin and French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 134 + i (modern paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 225–30 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 175–85 × 110–20 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i, 1–135, in the usual place, and the parchment leaves also previously foliated in modern pencil in the lower gutter corner; an early foliation in ink apparently only extended from 'fo. 1' to 'fo. 5'.


Variable, usually 40–50 written lines per page; in 1 column


Written by a variety of cursive hands.


Occasional pointing hands in the margins to indicate notable passages of text.


Modern three-quarter red leather and red cloth over pasteboards; the spine lettered in gilt 'NATURA | BREVUM | ETC.'


Origin: English ; 14th century, first half

Provenance and Acquisition

'Edmond [goxd??], 14th century (fol. 1r).

'[Sir] Edw:[ard] [C]oke' (fol. 1r); the upper pastedown inscribed 'Codex DCCLII' (the LII atered in pencil to LIV), 'M.S.L. Cupboard D' (crossed through, and altered to) Case C.iii.b15', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 754.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.