A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Holkham misc. 5

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


Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastica historiae,

translated by Rufinus

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment, mediocre quality.
Extent: ii (paper) + 168 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 235–40 × 150–5 mm.
Foliation: Modern, pencil, i-ii, 1–170.


35–6, written above top line; in 1 column


Fine bookhands by numerous scribes.


Fine zoomorphic initials (fols. 7r, 30r). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 46, pl. V)


Sewn on five cords, and bound in a typical Holkham binding of polished brown leather over pasteboards, framed with gilt fillets, the centre of the upper board stamped in gilt with the Coke crest; the spine lettered in gilt 'S. VICTORIS | DE | PERSECUTIONE | VANDALICA | HISTORIA || M.S.' with the number '461' at the bottom.


Origin: Italian, Lucca (?); 12th century, first half

Provenance and Acquisition

Canons of S. Giovanni in Verdara, Padua , with a list on fol. 17r headed 'Iste sunt indulgentie concesse per romanos pontifices et alios primates omnibus uisitantibus ecclesiam sancti Iohannis de Verdara de pad' contritis et confessis.', the first item on the list is dated 1230.

Numerous marginalia by a variety of medieval and humanistic Italian hands.

The upper pastedown with the gilt booklabel of ' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE' (1754–1842) ; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 461.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.