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MS. Holkham misc. 4

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


(fol. 1)
John of Damascus, De fide orthodoxa,

translated by Burgundio of Pisa .

Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Deum nemo uidit umquam nisi unigenitus dei filius
Explicit: id quod ab ipso est gaudium fructificantes. amen

With a few marginal glosses, and some words omitted in the text are supplied in the margin, together with a few corrections of the translation (e.g. fols. 44r, 63r, 73v).

(fol. 119r)
List of chapters
Rubric: Rubrice libri Iohannis presbiteri in quo est traditio certa orthodoxe fidei traducti [sic] de greco in Latinum a Burgundio iudice cive Pisano sub Eugenio tercio pontifice maximo'
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper; watermark fleur-de-lis, cf. Briquet 7312.
Extent: ii + 123 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 165–70 × 70–5 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 1–123.


1(12)-9(12), 10(10)


22–26 lines per page. Frame ruling.


Written in a poor humanistic hand


Gold initials on blue, green, and rose grounds with partial borders of leaf and flower design at the beginning of books (fols. 1r, 18r, 48r, 88r). Other initials in plain blue. (P&A ii. 319)


19th-century polished brown leather; the Coke crest in gilt on the upper cover; the spine lettered in gilt 'JOHANNES | DANASCENI | ORTHODOX | FIDEI || A | BURGUNDO | JUDICE | TRAD. || MS. | SÆC. XV.


Origin: Italian, Florence (?) ; 15th century, second half

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed 'Ego magister paulus de monelia sacri apostolici palacii magister do licenciam ut presens opus iohannis damasceni imprimatur in cuius testimonium manu propria hic me subscripsi 1495 die 2o julii' (fol. 121r); the edition was apparently not published.

Bernardo Trevisan , Venice (?) (Hassall, 1970, 24 n. 11).

Thomas William Coke (1754–1842) , with his bookplate; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 83.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.