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

MS. Holkham misc. 42

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


Devotional treatise

Latin scriptural quotations with French commentary.

Language(s): French and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment (fols. 1-45) and paper (fols. 46-80).
Extent: iii (paper) + 132 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 127-9 × 86 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-iii, 1-135.


27-8 written lines per page; in 2 columns.


Neat medium grade gothic bookhand, by more than one scribe.


Pen-flourishes on fols. 120r and 122v are in the form of fish and a human head.


Bound in typical Holkham polished brown leather, the boards framed in gilt and with the Coke crest stamped in the centre of the upper cover.


Origin: French (?); 13th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Sir Henry Spelman (c.1564-1641) (on whom see DNB), inscribed 'Henrici Spelman.' in the top margin of fol. 1r.

With the gilt booklabel of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', and signed 'Thos. Willm Coke' (fol. i verso), formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 661.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.