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MS. Holkham misc. 33

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


Cicero, Tusculan disputations

The first few words of Books III-V are omitted.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sedens aut
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 49 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 180 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 200–20 × 145–50 mm.
(from fol. 23-end)
Foliation: Modern pencil, i-iii, 1–51.


1(8), 2(8), 3(6), 4(8)-6(8), 7(3)


1 column

35 lines

38–42 lines from fol. 23-end


Rather angular caroline minuscule.


Red initials with silvering now oxidized on fols. 1, 15v, 23v.


Typical Holkham binding of polished brown leather; the spine lettered from top to bottom 'M. T. CICERONIS TUSCULANAR. – MS. SÆC.XV. [sic]'.


Origin: German ; 12th century, first half

Provenance and Acquisition

There are marginal notes in various Italian hands of the 13th-15th centuries.

A note on the philosophical works of Cicero on fol. 1r has been erased and re-written on fol. iii verso in a 15th-century humanist hand, headed by 'ies'.

Giuseppe Valletta (1636–1714), Naples (on whom see Hassall, 1970, 22, 22 n. 9), signed 'I. V.' (fol. iii verso).

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 380.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.