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MS. Holkham misc. 35

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

Contents

1. (fol. 1r-)
Rubric: Epitaphium Virgilii quod moriens fecit
Incipit: Mantua me genuit, Calabri rapuere tenet nunc
(WIC 10656).
Language(s): Latin
2.

Four distichs pr. Baehrens, Poet. Lat. Min. IV.156–7:

2a.
Incipit: Nocte pluit tota redeunt spectacula mane
2b.
Incipit: Hos ego versicuos feci tulit alter honores

[with two lines not in the edition]

2c.
Incipit: Humor alit segetem segeti contratius humor
2d.
Incipit: Monte sub hoc lapidum tegitur Balista sepultus
Language(s): Latin
3.
Rubric: Versos (sic) Ovidii Nasonis
Incipit: Vergilius magno quantum concessit Homero
(WIC 20188)
Language(s): Latin
4.
Rubric: Ordo librorum breviter prenotatus
Incipit: Primus habet Lybicam veniant ut Troes in urbem
(WIC 14661).
Language(s): Latin
5.
Virgil, Aeneid

Wanting VIII.450 to the end. Each book is preceded by one of the pseudo Ovidian prologues (pr. Baehrens, Poet. Lat. Min., IV, 162–8)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Hinc populum
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 86 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 110 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 145–50 × 65–70 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-iii, 1–89.

Collation

1(8)-11(8), quires (probably seven) missing at the end

Layout

35 written lines, 'above top line'; in 1 column. Dry point ruling.

Hand(s)

Neat gothic bookhand.

Decoration

Marginal diagram of a labyrinth (fol. 53r). (Pächt and Alexander i. 70)

Initials at the beginning of books, red with silvering now oxidized, black ink (fol. 34, 57, 70), or with spaces left unfilled.

Binding

Typical Holkham binding in polished brown leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'VIRGILII | ÆNÆIS. || MS. | SÆC. XV.' and with the number '308' at the bottom.

History

Origin: German ; 12th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Marginal and some interlinear glosses throughout, mostly in one hand, 15th-16th century.

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 308.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s
none

This manuscript is on display in the Ashmolean Museum exhibition Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality (10 Feb. - 30 July 2023). It cannot be ordered between those dates or for a short period before and after.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.