MS. Holkham misc. 47
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no detailed description available
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.
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.
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2017-07-01: First online publication.