Merton College MS. 12
Former shelfmark: B. 2. 2
AIDS TO BIBLICAL STUDY ; S. XV med.
fols. i–iii blank but for a brief note, quoting Gennadius, De Viris Illustribus, and the Polychronicon, at the head of iiv. On fol. iiiv is a table of contents, s. xv.
ed. P. Seeboeck (Quaracchi, 1896); Glorieux, Théol. 351h; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6422.
Stegmüller, Bibl. 10197, citing only the copy in MS 201, art. 5.
Serms 38 fr. er., app. 73, 76 fr. er., 27 fr. er., 22 fr. er.: PL 40. 1304–6; 67. 1082–3; 39. 1886–7; 40. 1358; 40. 1280–2; 40. 1271–3.
CPL 649; PL 68. 371–6; ed. C. H. Turner, JTS24 (1923), 225–52; Römer 2. 382.
unpr.; also in Eton Coll. 4, Graz, Universitätsbibl. 322; Hereford Cath. O. V. 2; BL Harl. 2270, Royal 8 E. vii; Lambeth 162; Bodl. Libr., Bodl. 863, Laud. misc. 30; MS 234 below, art. 2. Stegmüller, Bibl. 1159. Ascr. by Bale (Index, p. 25) to Alexander Nequam, and seen by him at Oriel College and London, St Peter
An analysis of the contents of each Homily.
unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4350, 1, citing only Durham Cath., A. III. 11 (s. xiii), fols. 152–70. Van Banning, pp. ccxxvi, cclxii–cclxxii, however, lists another dozen copies.
unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3000; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 795; one of seven copies.
Stegmüller, Bibl. 10195, apparently the unique copy.
Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 52 lines.
Written in a single proficient secretary hand. At the foot of fol. 7 is ‘pro scriptura quat’ xv d.’ At the foot of fol. 167v, in tiny letters, ‘pro scriptura iii. s. vii d.’ At the foot of fol. 283v is pencilled ‘of gret let’ xl lett’ / of paraf ii s qa’’. Correction marks. Marginal annotation in contemporary hands.
Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red underlining of lemmata.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked by Maltby, 1953; sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On a previous binding were two straps from the front board to clasps at the rear. At the foot of the front board, towards the foredge, was a brass chain-staple. The outermost leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of fol. iiiv‘Liber Willelmi Romsey propriis sumptibus scriptus’. Romsey or Rumsey (BRUO 1606–7) was fellow c. 1449 until at least 1463, d. 1512; he also gave MSS 47 and 247. The College received this book on 25 May 1493, chaining it in the library on 2 Aug. 1494 (Registrum, pp. 173, 184).
On fol. i is ‘2’, written early but probably after rather than before the leaf was a pastedown.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents and ‘F. 7, 13’ (canc.), s. xvii, and the College bookplate. ‘B. 2. 2’ is pencilled near the head. At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘208’, s. xvii in. ‘13’ is inked on the foredge.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2018-08-01: First online publication