Merton College MS. 10
Former shelfmark: E. 1. 2
Former shelfmark: P. 1. 3
GROSSETESTE, Ps.-JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, GREGORY; S. XIV in., XV in.
f. iv blank. On the verso are theological notes, s. xiv, and a table of contents, s. xv, listing all the items now in the book.
All parts frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols and written in c. 60 lines.
I and III are in gothic rotunda bookhands of ‘university’ type, those of II with some anglicana letter-forms. II and ff. 225-6 are in a neat anglicana, which corrects the text of I.
s. xix, sewn on five bands. ff. i-iii, 227-9 are blank paper binding leaves.
Provenance and Acquisition
This was presumably the volume with the same secundo folio pledged seven times by a group of fellows between 1445 and 1455 (see below, MS 154). The rear flyleaves, on which these transactions would have been recorded, are missing. On f. ivv twice, in different hands, ‘Liber [ ... ]’, s. xv; an erased cautio of four lines, s. xv in.: ‘Causio magistri Walteri H[… exposita] cista W[ … ] habend’ / proxima [post festum sancti] Ambrosii [anno Domini ... et habet] / duo supplementa una magister sentenciarum [ ... ] sec. fol.tendit.’ Above the first line is an addition ‘Iohannis Carlel Hugonis Dodeke et [Ricardi ?Andrew] et Iohannis Glastoniensis’. An erased inscription, s. xv, ‘Iste liber datur domui scolarum de Mertonhalle in Oxonia ⟨per M. Henricum Abendone⟩ custodem eiusdem domus ut incathenetur libraria ⟨nec exhibendus⟩ sine custodis et vi. seniorum licencia speciali’. The table of contents immediately below this is in the same hand. The inscription is of the same form and in the same hand as that in MS 154. Abingdon (BRUO 7-8) was warden from 1421 until his death in 1437. His inscription is partly hidden under a scribble of s. xvi ‘here was Wylle’; a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, ‘N. 1. 10. Art.’, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 2. 10 (X)’ in purple, itself canc. and replaced with ‘E. 1. 2’ in red. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘51’ (recte151), s. xvii in.
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Merton College MS. 10 - Part I
Followed on f. 72rv by a numbered list of the Dicta, prefaced by a paragraph of explanation: ‘In hoc libello sunt capitula 147 quorum quedam sunt breuia uerba que [quando] in scolis morabar scripsi ... Si te libri finis constat hic cernere si uis.’ Thomson, Grosseteste, pp. 214-32, not this copy; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 545; ed. V. I. J. Flint and E. J. Westerman (Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi, forthcoming).
Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red highlighting.
Merton College MS. 10 - Part II
Subject-indexes to arts 1 and 3.
ff. 73-6v Abstinentia –Xtus, numbered; ff. 76v-82v Abhominacio—Zabulon, referring to homily-numbers and alphabetical letters. van Banning, p. ccxlix, finds the second in three more MSS, of which one, Bodl. Libr., Laud. misc. 444, ff. 2v-12v, is a direct copy of this one. Another, Durham Cath. B. III. 29, ff. 12v-21v, was copied by William Seton while at Durham College, Oxford, in 1438; the other is Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus Museum 216, ff. 31-8v, from Balliol College. On f. 83 is a numbered list of the homilies, identified by their scriptural texts; ff. 83v-4v blank.
II and ff. 226-7: blue initials flourished in red.
Merton College MS. 10 - Part III
CPL 707; PG 56. 611-946; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4350. This copy listed and classified by van Banning, pp. ccxliv, ccxlix-ccl, cccii. A title of s. xvii heads f. 85.
CPL 1711; CCSL 141 (1999); Stegmüller, Bibl. 2646. Followed by a numbered list of the homilies, identified by the scriptural text.
Arts 3-4 have homily-numbers as running heads, and each homily is divided into sections by alphabetical letters in the margin.
On ff. 225-6v is a subject-index to art. 4 in 3 cols, Abrahe-Xtianos, in the hand of art. 2, referring by number and alphabetical letter.
on f. 86 two large initials in colours and gold, with a handsome full ivy-leaf border; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red underlining of biblical lemmata.