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): Old 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.