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MS. Holkham misc. 47

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


Azo of Bologna, Summa Codicis
Language(s): Latin
Azo of Bologna, Summa Institutionum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 348 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 435 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 298–300 × 167–8 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, flyleaves paginated i-vi, main text foliated 1–348, followed by three unnumbered flyleaves.


65 written lines, in 2 columns


Very fine rounded gothic bookhand.


Very fine miniatures, historiated initials, and marginal scenes throughout; many figures hold inscribed scrolls; occasionally a change of plan may be observed, e.g. the eagle at the bottom of fol. 295r, and the bird on fol. 290v each have drawing that shows that they were originally planned to hold scrolls in their claws, but their lower legs and the scrolls were never executed.


Bound in typical 19th-century Holkham binding of brown leather over pasteboards, the covers framed with a gilt border and stamped in the cenrte with the crest of ...; the spine lettered in gilt 'JUSTINIANI | INSITUTIONES || MS | SÆC. XV'; the edges of the leaves gauffered and gilt; rust marks on fol. 1r suggest that the volume was previously sewn on seven bands attached to their boards with metal nails.


Origin: Italian, Bologna ; 13th century, late - 14th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

The Discalced Augustinians of Lyons; the list of contents (fols. 1r-2r) signed at the end (fol. 2r), apparently in the same ink, with a monogram of the letters 'S' and 'I' (or 'J'), the same monogram is added at the end of the main text (fol. 348r).

Holkham Hall, the lower right corner of fol. 1r signed 'T: Coke', the upper pastedown with the oval bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE'; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 206.

Acquired by the Bodleian 6 May 1981.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.