Merton College MS. 22
Former shelfmark: B. 2. 10
PATRISTICA ET THEOLOGICA; S. XIV1
On f. 1v is a table of contents, s. xiv, with annotations of ss. xv and xvi. The order is arts 1-3 (‘tamen defecit’), 7, 14-15, 8 (‘est tamen transpositus’), 9-12, 4-6.
s. xv (doubtless commissioned by Burbage; see below), tawed skin, repaired, over cushion-bevelled wooden boards with slightly projecting squares, the remains of an overcover; sewn on four bands; plain headband; two straps from recesses in the front board to catches at the rear. The mark of a brass chain-staple on the front board near the foot of the foredge, of another on the rear board, near the top of the foredge. Near the foot of the rear board is the mark of the large brass chain-staple (Pl. 23a). On the rear pastedown and last few leaves are marks from a chain-staple of similar form but in a slightly different position, and of iron. The rear pastedown must have been free when the brass chain-staple was fitted.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. 1 is ‘m’ or ‘iii’. Across the head of f. 63v is a thoroughly erased inscription. At the head of f. 2, s. xiv ex., ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato Magistri Iohannis Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus cuius anime propicietur Deus amen.’ For John Reynham, see MS 18. He may have been responsible for putting the three originally separate books together. On f. 1v, s. xv ex., ‘Istum librum fecit reparari magister Iohannes Burbage sacre pagine professor’. For Burbage, see MS 3. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘4’ (recte271), s. xvii in. On the front pastedown is a title and ‘N. 2. 10. Art:’ (repeated on f. 1v), s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 2. 10 (XXII)’, in red. The College bookplate. ‘10’ is inked on the foredge.
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