Merton College MS. 29
Former shelfmark: A. 3. 3
ORIGEN, HOMILIES ON O. T. BOOKS; S. XIV, XIII in.
f. i blank but for a few pen-trials. On the verso is a long table of contents to II, s. xiv, in the same hand as those in MSS 85, 180, 188, 277 and 314, perhaps John Reynham’s.
s. xv, heavily restored by Maltby: wide-bevelled oak boards with slightly projecting squares, now bared and rebacked with modern vellum; sewn on four bands. Formerly two straps from shallow recesses in the front board to catches at the rear. f. 1 was once pasted down in a binding with much iron furniture, possibly including corner-bosses and a chain-staple in the middle of the foot. Near the foot of the rear board are the marks of the large brass chain-staple. There is no corresponding mark on f. 173v.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. 14, s. xv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton in Oxon’ ex legato Magistri Ioh’ Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen.’ For Reynham, see MS 18. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘253’ (recte255), s. xvii in. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge. On f. i is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘N. 3. 3. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 3. 3 (XXIX)’ in red.
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Merton College MS. 29 - Part I
At the head of f. 1 is an inscription mostly cropped by the binder: ‘[ ... querit Origenes quorum una uocata ] / Augustinus de heresibus c. 4.’ CPG 1420; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 29 (1920), pp. 286-463; SChr 71 (1960).
Written space 240 × 150 mm. , ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 43 lines.
A single anglicana formata.
Blue initials flourished in red; red highlighting.
Merton College MS. 29 - Part II
transl. Rufinus, continued from part I.
CPG 1421; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 30 (1920), pp. 464-522.
CPG 1423; ed. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 1-25; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6185.
CPG 1432; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 26-60; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6199; Lambert 206.
CPG 1437; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 242-89; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6202; Lambert 209.
CPG 1438, 1; PL 25. 585-692; Stegmüller, Bibl. 212; Lambert 212.
CPG 1440; SChr 352 (1989); Stegmüller, Bibl. 6208; Lambert 214. f. 172v is blank but for a few faint later notes; 173rv blank.
II is annotated in a distinctive anglicana hand of university type, s. xiv in., as well as others including Reynham’s. At the foot of f. 118 ‘Lectio bona sed obscura’.
Written space 235 × 155 mm. , ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 36 lines; written above the top line.
A practised English early gothic bookhand.
On f. 14 a nearly full-page P in colours and gold with red and blue pen-work spray filling the lower margin, in Channel Style, very like the decoration in All Souls Coll., MS 55 (Watson, All Souls, pl. 3(a); Alexander & Temple, no. 889 and pl. lxii); handsome large gold initials on square coloured grounds, ff. 24, 36v, 40, 52v, 56, 65v, 77, 81v, 89, 99, 107v, 113, 119, 130v, 137, 146v, 155v, 163, 166; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour.