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Merton College MS. 11

Former shelfmark: B. 2. 1



Language(s): Latin

f. iii blank.

(fols. 1-135; 135v-6v, 138rv blank)
Ps.-John Chrysostom, Opus Imperfectum in Mattheum
Incipit: Sicut referunt Matheum conscribere euuangelium causa compulit talis
Incipit: Liber generacionis ...; Liber quod apotheca gratiarum sicut in apotheca dei(ta)tis alicuius
Explicit: abhominacionem desolacionis in loco suo

CPL 707; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4350; PG 56. 611-946. MSS listed and classified by van Banning, this copy at pp. ccxliv-ccxlvi, cccii. The scribe writes running heads and brief marginal guides and comments, sometimes framed.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: plicaretur sic
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 143 leaves (iii + 140)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 150 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed affecting running heads and marginalia, and spattered with red.


a singleton, 1-1112, 124 / two singletons; pencilled leaf-numbers and catchwords. At the foot of f. 136v is pencilled ‘Vltimus’.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 52 lines.


A single expert anglicana formata.


Blue initials flourished with red, the first with a partial border in the colours; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii, 139-40 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from a copy of a printed book, s. xvi or xvii, running head bk. 5 ‘De romano pontifice’. f. 138 was a pastedown in an earlier binding. At its head are four spots of rust, probably from the large iron chain-staple. These marks can only have originated when the leaf was in the reverse position to the present, i.e. when the recto was the verso, and the leaf not pasted down. A rust-spot at the foot of f. iii, near the foredge, may be the mark of a former chain-staple.

Accompanying Material

f. 137 is a flattened bifolium from a book of scientific quaestiones , s. xiv, bound in sideways. Written space c. 200 × 130 mm., frame-ruled, written in c. 50 long lines, in two low-grade bookhands with many anglicana forms, one to each original leaf; the leaves were not contiguous and are probably fragments of two different works.


Origin: S. XIV med. ; England, Oxford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made commercially at Oxford. At the head of f. iiiv ‘Liber domus scolarium aule de Mertone quem dedit collegio scolarium predictorum Iohannes Turk quondam socius aule predicte incathenandum in communi libraria eiusdem collegii.’ John Turk (BRUO 1916-17), fellow in 1352, still in 1355, chancellor of the University in 1376, canon of Salisbury &c., d. by Feb. 1397. Below is a table of contents, s. xvii, and the College bookplate. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘117’ (recte187), s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and modern pencilled ‘N. I. 11’, replaced by ‘B. 2. 1 (XI)’, in red. ‘11’ is inked on the foredge.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.


    Coxe, p. 7; Powicke, no. 573.