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MS. Holkham misc. 8

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


1. (fols. 1–203)
Petrus Riga, Aurora,

preceded by his prose preface: 'Frequens sodalium meorum ...', and followed by his 'Recapitulatio: Principio rerum post quinque dies homo primus ...' (pr. Migne, PL, CCXII: 12)

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 204–214)
Text on arithmetic
Rubric: Petro magistro suo Teobaldus quod Eschines Socrati scilicet minimum quod ipse est
Incipit: Domine quinque talenta tradidisti mihi ... eademque recipere volentibus benigne distribuo
Explicit: qui numeris elementa ligas
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Pneuma super
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 214 + ii (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 275–80 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 200–5 × 100–5 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 1–216.


1(8)-17(8)catchwords of later quires cut off by binders


The main text written with 30–32 lines, above top line, in 1 column

the gloss written with 49–50 lines, also above

fols. 204r onwards written with 43 lines per page, above the top ruled line, in 2 columns.


Written in good gothic bookhands, by at least three scribes.


Red initials with some penwork.


Black leather over pasteboards; the upper cover stamped in gilt with the Coke crest; the spine lettered in gilt 'PETRI DE RIGA | AURORA | SEU | EXPOSITIO | HISTORICA | ET | ALLEGORICA | LIBRORUM | SACRÆ | SCRIPTIRÆ | VERSIBUS | ELEGIACIS | ET QUANDOQUE | LEONINIS | EXPRESSA' and, at the bottom, 'MS. | SÆC. XIII'.


Origin: Italian ; 13th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Given by Battista de Lignamine to the Canons of S. Giovanni in Verdara, Padua , in 1455 (inscription in red at the end of the text, fol. 214v, partly erased; cf. MS. Holkham misc. 6, etc.).

With the bookplate of ' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE ' (1754–1842); formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 420.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.