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

Contents

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.

Layout

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

Hand(s)

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

Decoration

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

Binding

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.

History

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

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.