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Merton College MS. 29

Former shelfmark: A. 3. 3



Language(s): Latin

fol. 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.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: meus suscepit
A single book, the first quire supplied to complete art. 1. Strangely, this did not replace a quire once present but lost, for the present quire 2 is numbered 1.
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 174 leaves (i + 173)
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 225 mm.
the edges retrimmed with loss of marginalia and stained yellow


112(+ 1 after 12) / 1–208, 218(8 canc.); a singleton hooked around the first and last quires; the quires of I with catchwords, those of II numbered at the end.


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. fol. 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 fol. 173v.


Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. 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 fol. 1 is the James no. ‘253’ (recte 255), s. xvii in. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge. On fol. 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.

Merton College MS. 29 – Part I


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1–13v)
Origen, Homilies on Joshua,

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: Incipit prohemium exposicionis Origenis in Ihesu Naue
Incipit: In diuinis uoluminibus refertur quid ad constructionem tabernaculi
Incipit: Donauit Deus nomen
Explicit: (Hom. 8) merito coronari a Christo Domino nostro cui ...

At the head of fol. 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).

Physical Description


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.


Origin: s. xiv (after 1376) ; England

Merton College MS. 29 – Part II


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 14–43v)
Origen, Homilies on Joshua,

transl. Rufinus, continued from part I.

Rubric: Incipit omelia nona Origenis
Incipit: Postea quam subuertit Ihesu Gai id est chaos
Explicit: ubi est uerus Israel in C. I. d. n. cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit de Iesu Naue
2. (fols. 43v-58)
Origen, Homilies on Judges,

transl. Rufinus

Incipit: De eo quod scriptum est in libro Iudicum
Incipit: Lector quidam presentis lectionis ita legebat
Explicit: ut ab ipso uictoriam consequi mereamur in C. I. d. n. cui ...

CPG 1421; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 30 (1920), pp. 464–522.

3. (fols. 58–65v)
Origen, Homily on I Sam. (‘De Helkanah et Fenenna et Anna’),

transl. Rufinus

Rubric: De Helchana et Fenenna et Anna
Incipit: Non tunc tantummodo Deus plantauit paradisum
Explicit: ut in nouitate uite ambulem in C. I. d. n. cui ...

CPG 1423; ed. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 1–25; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6185.

4. (fols. 65v-75)
Origen, Homilies on the Song of Songs,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: In exordium cantici canticorum usque ad eum locum in quo ait Quo adusque rex ueniat in recubitu suo
Incipit: Quomodo dicimus per Moysen esse quedam non solum sancta sed et sancta sanctorum
Explicit: ut digni efficiamur sponsi sermone sapiencia Christi Iesu cui ...

CPG 1432; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 26–60; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6199; Lambert 206.

5. (fols. 75–90v)
Origen, Homilies on Isaiah,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: Incipit in Ysaia omelia prima
Incipit: Quam diu Ozias rex uixit uidere non potuit uisionem Ysaias propheta
Explicit: et efficeris filius Dei in Christo Iesu cui ...

CPG 1437; ed. W. A. Baehrens, GCS 33 (1925), pp. 242–89; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6202; Lambert 209.

6. (fols. 90v-130)
Origen, Homilies on Jeremiah,

transl. Jerome

Incipit: Quo tempore Ieremias exorsus est prophetare
Incipit: Deus ad benefaciendum promptus est
Explicit: magnificare omnipotentem Deum cum Christo Iesu cui ...

CPG 1438, 1; PL 25. 585–692; Stegmüller, Bibl. 212; Lambert 212.

7. (fols. 130–72)
Origen, Homilies on Ezechiel,

transl. Jerome

Rubric: Incipit prologus Eusebii Ieronimi in omelias Origenis super Ezechiel numero quatuordecim
Incipit: Magnum est quidem amice quod postulas
Incipit: Non omnis qui captiuus est propter peccata sustinet captiuitatem
Explicit: glorificantes Deum omnipotentem per ...

CPG 1440; SChr 352 (1989); Stegmüller, Bibl. 6208; Lambert 214. fol. 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 fol. 118 ‘Lectio bona sed obscura’.

Physical Description


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 fol. 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, fols. 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.


Origin: s. xiii in ; England

Additional Information

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, pp. 21–2; Powicke, no. 346; Alexander & Temple, no. 159.

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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