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Merton College MS. 24

Former shelfmark: B. 3. 2



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–169; 169v-70v blank.)
Ps.-Jerome, Breviarium in Psalmos
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. in Ps. 1: 6) iniquitatis non noui uos
Explicit: hiis mereamur adiungi concinentibus Ipsi gloria et imperium cum eterno Patre ...

CPL 629; PL 26. 825B-1270; Lambert 427.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 1) iniquitatis
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 170 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 160 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed and stained yellow.
Foliation: Faint early foliation in pencil, first visible at 36 (mod. 41), apparently finishing at 147 (165).


112(lacks 1), 210, 3–1412, 158(5–7 canc.); catchwords.


Ruled with violet pencil in 2 cols of 43 lines; running heads between lines ruled right across the page.


Similar hands to MS 23; the scribe who begins work at fol. 12 was Continental.


The first leaf was doubtless excised for its major decoration. Otherwise 2-line initials, purple or green flourished in the other colour, or blue flourished in red; lemmata and running titles in red with purple, blue or green paraphs; highlighting in yellow.


Original, cushion-bevelled oak boards with slightly projecting foredges, covered with tawed skin, an overcover of the same sewn on, perhaps once pink (some colour remaining on the turn-ins), trimmed at the foot; sewn on five bands, slightly raised and blind-tooled; two straps of tawed skin with large clasps of chased brass, nailed to the front board beneath the overcover, to shell-shaped catches at the back (Pl. 24). A label 165 × 65 mm., nailed under horn to the back cover, bears Fitzjames’ arms in colour and ‘Iheronimus super psalterium ex dono domini Ricardi Fitzjames nuper Londoniensis episcopi anno Domini Mo quingentesimo decimo viio.’, in large formal script (Pl. 17). The marks of brass chain-staples at the foredges of both boards, near the foot at the front and near the head at the rear.


Origin: S. XV ex.

Provenance and Acquisition

Made for Richard Fitzjames, and given by him to the College.

On the front pastedown are ‘Hieronymus in Psalmos’, s. xvii; ‘N. 2. 12. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 3. 2. (XXIV)’ in red; the College bookplate.

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. 20; Powicke, no. 1196.

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

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