Merton College MS. 16
Former shelfmark: B. 2. 4
PATRISTICA ET THEOLOGICA; S. XIV ex., XV1
ff. i, ii-ivv blank. On f. iv is a table of contents, s. xv, referring to the contemporary foliation.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. 284 was a pastedown in an earlier binding. Near the foot of f. 284v are three verdigris marks, two large and lozenge-shaped, the third round, from a large brass chain-staple of unusual pattern.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. ivis ‘Liber Hamundi Haydok ex empcione’, and ‘prec’ v. marcas’. Haydok (BRUO 894), fellow c. 1421, still in 1432, d. 1465. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with the contents, s. xvii, ‘N. 2. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 2. 4 (XVI)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘4’ is inked on the foredge. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘242’, s. xvii in.
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Merton College MS. 16 - Part I
ICO 5. 900-4.
Wilmart nos 1-2; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4337, 5; CPG 4544-5; PG 55. 565-88; ICO 1. 723-51.
CPG 4305; Wilmart no. 42; SChr 117 (1966), pp. 257-321 line 38.
pr. Paris 1510, &c.; ed. N. J. Watson (Toronto Medieval Latin Texts 21: 1995), pp. 33-68; Allen, Richard Rolle, p. 234; Bloomfield 3191. Followed by nine lines of verse:
WIC 3886, this copy only.
CPL 707; PG 56. 611-946; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4350. MSS listed and classified by van Banning, this one at pp. ccxxxi-ccxxxii, cccxv.
Capitula f. 139rv
CPL 1712; SChr 381-2 (1992).
CPL 1711; CCSL 141 (1999). Followed, in the same scribe’s hand, by ‘Versus Willelmi in Clementinis capitulo duodecimo. Qui facit incestum deflorans aut homicida’, the common six lines of verse on cases reserved to the bishop: WIC 15482; cf. 9170 and other similar versions.
Schneyer 5. 17; PL 95. 1505-6. Followed by notes for a sermon:
pr. [Wittenberg 1538], Paris 1543; TKI 243. Followed by five lines of verse:
Heavily glossed in a slightly later hand.
PL 39. 2266-8.
unpr.; Bloomfield 388, not this copy; Lambert 954, listing another nine copies, all but one English, the earliest s. xiv in.
Arts 10-11 were added in an originally blank space in an anglicana hand of s. xv med.
SAO 2. 37-133.
PL 176. 987-94; Goy, pp. 272-3.
CPL 958 or 958a; ed. C. H. Turner, JTS 7 (1906), 78-99, 8 (1907), 103-114.
Excerpts from the preface to Conl. 11 c. 15 (CSEL 13 [1886/2004], pp. 311-32 line 17). The full text CPL 512.
CPL 819; CCSL 91A (1968), pp. 633-46.
CPL 826; CCSL 91A, pp. 711-60.
PL 39. 1535-49; Bloomfield 4365.
PL 39. 1713-15; Bloomfield 3835.
CPG 4400; PG 52. 459-80; ICO 5. 750-69A; Wilmart no. 39; M. Malingrey in Sacris Erudiri 16 (1965), 320-54. Followed by an added alphabetical subject-index.
A narration by the Virgin of her sorrows. Many copies, often attrib. St Bernard; partly pr. PL 182. 1133-42. Followed by an alphabetical subject-index. Added in a loose anglicana hand of s. xv med. on originally blank leaves.
Written space 255-75 × 170-210 mm. , frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols, written in c. 50-65 lines.
I appears to have been written, using pens of different thickness and over a period of time (at least 1381-1405 if the colophons are genuine), in a single expert anglicana hand. The scribe may have been the chaplain Robert Fenton, who is not identified in BRUO . Art. 5 may be in a different hand, but certainly is headed by the main scribe.
Blue initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in violet; red highlighting and underlining. Art. 9 opens with a blue and red initial flourished in red and violet; coloured diagrams are on ff. 219v, 220v, 221v, 222v, 223, 224, 227; red or blue paraphs. Decoration lacks to arts 7-8, 10-11, 20-1.
Merton College MS. 16 - Part II
unpr.; Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 263; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7405; van Banning, pp. ccli-cclvi, listing 34 copies including this one.
CPG 4544-5; PG 55. 565-88; ICO 1. 723-51; Wilmart nos 1-2; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4337, 5.
Written space 295 × 195 mm. , ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 57 lines.
art. 22 is written in fere textura.
art. 22 has blue initials flourished in red, red or blue initials and paraphs, highlighting in yellow. Decoration lacks to art. 23.