MS. Holkham misc. 34
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
This manuscript belongs to the second family of class alpha
nos. 190 (Livy), 186 (Vergil), 185 (Vergil, Culex), 188 (Cicero), 191 (Sallust), 192 (Ovid), 195 (Catullus).
26 lines; in 1 column
Neat gothic bookhand, by at least three scribes, each responsible for about 40 leaves, the changes from one to another corresponding both to quire-divisions and divisions of the text into Books (at fols. 39r, quire VI, Book IV; and 83r, quire XII, Book VII); the verses on fol. 129r-v are by a fourth scribe.
One fine ink drawing (fol. 93v), depicting a devil playing bagpipes, holding a scroll inscribed 'der nider deren'; another drawing, apparently the same, and an accompanying inscription, has been erased at fol. 31v; and a few other marginal sketches, e.g. a dragon with coiled tail (fol. 107r), a human head (fol. 115r), etc., perhaps not all medieval.
Holkham binding with unusual bands of blind-tooled greek-key patterns; the spine tooled in gilt 'C. J. CÆSAR | DE BELLO | GALLICO || LEGIT | JULIUS CELSUS | CONSTANTINUS | -- | M S. VEL. | SÆC. XIV.'
Provenance and Acquisition
An inscription next to the drawing on fol. 93v reads 'Qui me scribebat florens hoey [the two names over an erasure] habebat Anno domini Mo ccco xlvus feria \iiij/ post translationem beati benedicti abbatis'; 'Abbas gherardus poelgheest venerandus in egmont | Istum cum multis librum reparauit honeste | Inspicis hic lector quo tempore rupta refecit mcccc lxv' (fol. iii verso). Medieval pressmark (?) (fol. 1r, top margin); count of leaves 'c. xxviij' (fol. 128v).
Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE' (1754-1842) and signed 'Thos. Willm. Coke', both on the upper pastedown (de la Mare and Barker-Benfield, fig. 96); fol. i recto with entensive notes by his friend 'W[illiam]. R[oscoe].' (1753-1831), formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 340.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)