Merton College MS. 21
Former shelfmark: B. 2. 9
SUBJECT INDEXES TO WORKS OF THEOLOGY AND CANON LAW; S. XIV
f. iiirv blank; for ff. iv–vv see below.
The indexes to each work are arranged alphabetically by subject, with separate lists of capitula , or by book and chapter with a brief digest of the contents. They begin with De Trinitate, ‘Aaron non consensit in uitulum’, and also cover John Chrysostom, Quod Nemo Laeditur, Prosper, Liber Sententiarum, Gennadius, De Ecclesiasticis Dogmatibus, Fulgentius, De Fide, and Ps.-Augustine, De Igne Purgatorio.
Stegmüller, Sent. 10, 3; also in Lambeth Palace Libr. 115.
Followed by capitula , and ‘Explicit tabula ethicorum.’ STO 48. B 63–155.
unpr.; Goy, p. 171.
Added, in an anglicana hand, probably to fill previously blank leaves:
22 errors. Then ‘Isti sunt errores condempnati a fratre Roberto bone memorie de Kiluuerby archiepiscopo Cant’ de consensu omnium magistrorum tam regencium quam non regencium apud Oxon’ die Iouis proxima post festum Sancti Cuthberti in quadragesima anno Domini M. CC. 76...’. The year should be 1277: the decree ed. Denifle & Châtelain I, pp. 558-60.
Kaeppeli, no. 1619, many copies but omitting that in CCCC 38 (s. xiv), from St Augustine's Abbey Canterbury.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 62 lines.
Proficient English gothic rotunda bookhands.
Mostly lacking; sporadic rubrication, red underlining and yellow highlighting.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked by Maltby; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii and 167-8 are modern paper blanks. At the foredge of ff. iv-v, near the foot, are the marks of another iron chain-staple. Near the foot of f. 166 are the marks of the large iron Merton chain-staple. The same marks, but less distinct, are near the head of f. iii, showing that this leaf has been reversed and moved from the rear of the book, where it was conjugate with f. 166. An earlier binding had two foredge straps and clasps. ff. iv and 158 were pastedowns in an earlier binding.
f. iiirv blank. ff. iv-vv are from cc. 7-8 of a copy of a tract against the Jews, f. iv much effaced by glue. C. 8 is titled ‘De peccato ultimi templi et de causa huius captiuitatis’. Many named rabbis are quoted. Written space 265 × 160 mm., ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 59 lines, in an anglicana hand, s. xiv in.; lacking decoration.
Provenance and Acquisition
The chain-staple shows that the book was at the College beforec.1500. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘283’ (recte178), s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘N. 2. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 2. 9 (XXI)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge.
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