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MSS. Holkham:
manuscripts from the library of the Earls of Leicester at Holkham Hall


Catalogues and handlists

There is as yet no full published description of the Holkham manuscripts at the Bodleian; unpublished typescript descriptions are available for most of them in the Special Collections Reading Room. The following should also prove useful:

MSS. Holkham Gr. (Greek)

MSS. Holkham misc. (miscellaneous)

Catalogue descriptions are in course of preparation; in the meantime, brief 'checklist' descriptions are available online.

A concordance of former Holkham Hall numbers and the current Bodleian shelfmarks is available online for the MSS. Holkham misc. manuscripts.

History of the collection

These manuscripts were acquired from the collection of the Earls of Leicester at Holkham Hall, near Wells, Norfolk, through successive settlements of death duties. Information about the earlier history of the collection will be found in publications listed below.

Further reading

The literature on the library of Holkham is extensive, the following are just a few of the more important published works, in chronological order of publication, though it must be emphasised that by no means all the manuscripts mentioned are now at the Bodleian:

Western manuscripts to c. 1500
Western manuscripts
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