Merton College MS. 9
Former shelfmark: A. 2. 9
ORIGEN, HOMILIES ON O. T. BOOKS; S. XIII in.
f. ii is blank but for a list of contents, s. xviii.
CPG 1420; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 30 (1921), pp. 345-463; SChr 71 (1960), pp. 242-500; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6181.
CPG 1421; ed. Baehrens, pp. 464-522; Stegmüller, Bibl.6183.
CPG 1423; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 1-25; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6185.
CPG 1432; ed. Baehrens, pp. 26-60; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6199; Lambert 206.
CPG 1437; PL 24. 901-36; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6202; Lambert 209.
CPG 1438, 1; PL 25. 585-692, with a different prol.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6205; Lambert 212.
CPG 1440; SChr 352 (1989), pp. 30-442; Lambert 214; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6208.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 37 lines.
A single early gothic bookhand of middling quality, probably French. Marginal annotation in several hands of s. xv-xvi in.: a neat anglicana of s. xv, the secretary hand of Fitzjames (see below), and at least one other of similar date.
On f. 1 is a large (31-line) and handsome initial P in ‘Channel style’, pink, orange and blue with knotwork and interlace, on a gold ground, with red and blue display script. Elsewhere red or blue initials flourished in the other colour. Rubrication by the scribe of the text.
As for MS 8, presumably replacing one of s. xvii, resewn on five bands. ff. i-ii, 152-3 are paper binding leaves.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. iiv, presumably autograph, ‘Liber magistri Ricardi Fytz James sacre theologie professoris, quem emit 12 die Nouembris anno Christi 1482 precii x s.’; ‘Li 5us’, showing that the book was in a College electio, and a list of contents, c. 1500; in the untidy secretary hand of c. 1500, ‘Origenes super Iosue ex dono domini Ricardi Fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii, cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen’; below this is mounted the former parchment label from the back cover with Fitzjames’ armorial and ‘Origenes super Iosue ex dono domini Ricardi fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii’. Richard Fitzjames (BRUO 691-2) was fellow from c. 1468, warden 1483-1507, bishop of Chichester 1503-6, of London 1506-22. Below again is the College bookplate. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘253’ (recte 255), s. xvii. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is ‘N. 1. 9.’, canc and replaced by ‘A. 2. 9 (IX)’ in red on the College bookplate.
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