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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Holkham gr. 114


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 12th c., 13th c. (12th-13th c.)
  • Genres: Biblical
  • Illustrations: Yes


Bodleianus Holkhamicus græcus 114 (olim Earl of Leicester 3).

Aland / Gregory 557
Soden ε 356
Scrivener 524

Dated to the 12th century in De Ricci and to the 13th in Aland. Often paired with Bod. Holkham gr. 115 (also on our OXF.1.1), q.v.

Bibliographical material (not seen by us) apparently also includes Bodleian Library Record 4.5 (1953) 255-267 (David Rogers, "The Holkham Collection") and BLR 5.2 (1954) 61-62 (Th. Lockey, ''Greek Manuscripts from Holkham''). As of this writing, Bodley's website lists the latter as Ruth Barbour, "Greek manuscripts from Holkham", but we have not determined if which of these is correct. See De Ricci for provenance (up to 1932).

Bod. Holkham gr. 114 & 115 are not in BLR 6.5 (1960) 591-613 (Barbour, "Summary Description of the Greek Manuscripts from the Library at Holkham Hall", which we have seen and which ends with Bod. Holkham gr. 113!).

From abstract of Hassall (see Bibliography and Online Resources): "Ms. 3 and 4 (now held at Bodleian, Oxford: Holkham Greek mss. 114 and 115). Ms. 3, each Holkham Ms. 3, a 13th century copy with each gospel preceded by author portrait, illuminated title and scenes from the life of Christ. Filmed with Ms. 4, an 11th century copy with each evangelist pictured seated at a desk accompanied by his evangelical symbol, a rare device at this date."

Color reproductions on Bodley's website; see Online Resources. Their website includes most, but not all, of the images we have, and we have used it to identify ours. The unidentified below are ones not included there:

1r-4v  Tables (website has only 1r, 2v-3r)
(5r?)  John the Baptist and Christ
5v  Portrait of Matthew
6r  Beginning of Gospel of Matthew
55v  Christ's healings
56r  Christ's baptism, transfiguration, &c.
56v  Portrait of Mark
57r  Beginning of Gospel of Mark
[a verso page]  End of Mark, with mutilated illustration
88r  Lazarus and entry into Jerusalem
88v  Portrait of Luke
89r  Beginning of Gospel of Luke
[a recto page]  Crucifixion, Resurrection, Doubting Thomas, Ascension
144v  Portrait of John
145r  Beginning of Gospel of John