Merton College MS. 26
Former shelfmark: B. 3. 4
JEROME etc. ; S. XV ex.
ff. i–v blank.
CPL 590; CCSL 77 (1969); Stegmüller, Bibl. 3372; Lambert 217.
CPL 80; CSEL 49 (1916), pp. 11-154; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3457; Lambert 490, 1.
ed. G. Morin, Anecdota Maredsolana III (3) (Maredsous, 1903), pp. 195-8, repr. PL Suppl. 2. 287-91; Lambert 508. All of the other known copies of this work are Continental and from the ninth century, except for BL Harl. 3049, s. xv, from Durham.
CPL 560; ed. K. Künstle, Antipriscilliana (Freiburg, 1905), pp. 142-59; Lambert 506.
CPL 632; PL 30. 589-644; Lambert 473.
Rom.-Philemon. CPL 728, 759; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6355-67; Lambert 481-2; ed. A. Souter, Texts & Studies, 9. 1-2 (Cambridge, 1926), repr. PL Suppl. 1, pp. 1110-1374 (ending with Philemon). Ps.-PELAGIUS, In Hebraeos (‘In primis dicendum est cur apostolus in hac epistola non seruauerit morem suum … Multipharie …; Per multos inquit prophetas et diuerso modo maioribus’) CPL 1122a; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6368; ed. E. Riggenbach, Die älteste lateinischen Kommentare zum Hebräerbrief (Leipzig, 1907), pp. 206–212; Lambert 485 (not this copy). Apparently copied from Oxford, Balliol Coll. 157 (not listed by Lambert), made for William Gray, bishop of Ely, probably between 1447 and 1454 (A. Souter in Proc. British Acad. 7 [1915/16], 277; Mynors, Balliol, p. 141).
CPL 591; PL 26. 307-618; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3381, 3400-02; Lambert 219.
Throughout are chapter-numbers in the margins and in the upper outer corners of each recto, and other annotation, s. xvi in., some in the hand of Fitzjames, some in the hand of his ex dono (see below).
Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 51-3 lines.
A single Continental archaizing bookhand, also found also MS 25.
English: f. 1 has a full floral border and 8-line initial in colours and gold; at the bottom are the arms of Fitzjames of Dorset and Somerset, not an integral part of the border but painted over it. Art. 5 opens with an initial and 3-sided floral border in colours and gold. Arts 2, 3, 4, prols. and commentary on each book in arts 6 and 7, open with large champe initials. Blue initials flourished in red.
s. xv ex.: brown polished leather over wide-bevelled wooden boards with slightly projecting squares, repaired; sewn on five bands, raised and outlined with string. Straps with clasps, now lost, from recesses in the front board to catches at the back, of which the lower remains. Nail-holes show that Fitzjames’ label, 160 × 70 mm., was once on the rear board. The marks of post-medieval chain-staples at the foredge of each board, near the foot at the front, near the head at the back.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. vvis ‘In presenti uolumine continentur opera beati Hieronimi sequentia Ex dono domini Ricardi Fitzjames nuper Cicestrensis episcopi ac Custodis istius Collegii Cuius anime propicietur Deus amen ...’, in the usual untidy secretary hand. For Fitzjames see MS 9. On 31 Dec. 1498 and 14 Jan. 1499 he pledged it to the College in return for the loan of two separate copies of the Decretum, redeeming it on 29 Nov. (Registrum, pp. 227-8, 238). On the front pastedown: ‘quere titulos folio 5’, s. xvii; ‘N. 2. 14. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with modern ‘B. 3. 4 (XXVI)’ in red. ‘14’ is inked on the foredge.
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