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

MS. Holkham misc. 36

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


1. (fols. 1r-)
Propertius, Elegies,

starting imperfect in II.xxi.3, due to the loss of the first quires and the first leaf of the second. This is MS. L of the editions.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 18r-)
Petrarch, Metrical epistles,

starting imperfect in II.13.13 due to the loss of four quires at the beginning. The top half of fol. 30vb contains the first nineteen lines of the Africa.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 30 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 180–5 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 195–210 × 150 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-iii, 1–33; early foliations of the Propertius begins at '10' on fol. 1r; and of the Petrarch at '17' on fol. 18, suggesting that only two quires of 8 each are missing, despite a previous Bodleian cataloguer's statement that four quires are lost.


(1 missing), 2(8)(wants 1), 3(8), 4(2 + (1–4 missing), 5(8), 6(6) (6 canc.)


39–42, 44 written lines, 'above top line'; in 2 columns.


Written and signed by John of Campofregosa in 1421 (see under Provenance).


Plain red and blue initials


Typical Holkham binding of polished and diced brown leather; the spine lettered in gilt from top to bottom 'PROPERTII CARM. – PETREARCÆ EPIST. ELEG. – MS.MCCCCXXI.'; boxed.


Origin: Italian, Genoa (?); 1421

Provenance and Acquisition

Scribal colophon in red: 'Mº ccccºxxºi. die xa octobr. | Hic tua properti perfeci scripta Iohannes | Campofregosa stirpe pia genitus.' (fol. 17r).

Said by L. Dorez to have belonged to Giuseppe Valletta (1636–1714), of Naples (on whom see Hassall, 1970, 22, 22 n. 9).

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 333.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.