MS. Holkham misc. 49
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no detailed description available
50 written lines per page, below top line; in 2 columns
Fine round Italian bookhand.
One miniature, at the bottom of which a coat of arms has been cropped (fol. 5r, lower margin), with a four-sided border containing the motto and imprese of the patron; nine historiated initials (fols. 20v, 46r, 64v, 80v, 96v, 105r, 118v, 137v, 148r); numerous initials in gold and colours; lesser initials (one- to three-line) alternately in blue with red penwork, or red with purple penwork.
Sewn on six cords and bound in wood boards covered with fine purple velvet; the upper cover stamped in gilt with the Coke crest, the spine blank; the joints repaired; in a fitted telescopic leather case also stamped in gilt on the upper cover with the Coke crest, the spine lettered in gilt 'BOCCACCIO | IL DECAMERON | M. S.', and '531' at the bottom.
Provenance and Acquisition
A three-line inscription at the end of the text has been erased.
The Franciscan monastery of Santo Spirito in Reggio Emilia, with their ex libris inscriptions (17th cent.): 'Di. S. Spirito di Reggio' (fols. 1r, 89r).
Acquired by the Bodleian in 1981
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Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.