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MS. Holkham misc. 6

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

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sumit principium
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 184 + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 360 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 265–80 × 175–90 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-iii, 1–187


Too tightly bound for collation.


Typical 19th-century Holkham binding: polished brown leather over pasteboards, the upper cover with the gilt crest of the Coke family; the spine lettered in gilt 'ISIDORI | JUNIORIS | CHRONICA | ET | ETYMOLOGIARUM | LIBER || MS. | SÆC.XII.', and with the number '410' at the bottom.


Provenance and Acquisition

Given by Johannes de Lignamine, bishop of Concordia , to the Lateran regular canons of S. Giovanni di Verdara, Padua , in 1455: inscribed in pink at the end of the text: 'Hunc librum donauit Reuerendus dominus ioannes de legnamine episcopus concordiensis Congregationi canonicorum regularium laternaensium ita ut imprimis sit ad usum dictorum canonicorum Christo militantium in monasterio sancti Iohannis in viridario padue quare omnes deum pro eius anima deuote precari meminerint M ccccºlvº.' (fol. 184v).

Thomas Coke , probably bought in 1717.

' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE ' (1754–1842), with his bookplate; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 410.

MS. Holkham misc. 6 – Part 1


(fols. 1r-13v)
Incipit: A vox dolentis i. ve ve

Two quires; ends imperfect at 'comitatur'; the text is also found in Vienna, ONB, cod. 2404.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex


44 lines per page, below top line; in 2 columns


Origin: Italian ; 14th century

MS. Holkham misc. 6 – Part 2


(fols. 14r-)
Isidore of Seville, Chronica (ed. Mommsen, MGH Auct. antiq., XI, p. 480 § 417) ending with the following paragraph not in Mommsen: 'Haeraclonas cum matre Martina regnavit annis II. Sergius et Pyrrus episcopi Acephalorum heresim instaurandam unam operationem in Christo divinitatis et humanitatis volunt affirmare. Theodorus Romanae urbis episcopus'; the MS. belongs to Mommsen's 'Ordo posterior'; on fol. 21r in two other contemporary hands are 'Dicta Eusebii Historiographi' (Hist. Eccles. I.7), and a list of the kings of Italy from Charlemagne to Conrad II.
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 22r- )
Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae,

divided into twenty-seven books, ending at X.15

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex


40–41 lines, in 2 columns.


Mainly written by 5 hands: (i) fols. 14r-29v; (ii) fols. 30r-45v; (iii) fols. 46r-83v; (iii) fols. 85v-96r, 166v-167r, and 181v; (iv) fols. 83v-85v; (v) fols. 96r-166r, and 167r-184v.



Large initials with hollow shafts, and enclosing zoomorphic or geometric designs.

Smaller initials and rubrics in plain red or light orange. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 10, pl. I)


Origin: Italian, North ; 11th century, second half

Additional Information

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.