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Merton College MS. 30

Former shelfmark: A. 3. 4



Language(s): Latin

fol. ii blank; at the head of iiv is a brief note of the contents.

1. (fols. 1–132v)
JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, Homilies on Matthew,


Rubric: Prologus Burgundionis in librum beati Iohannis Crisostomi super Matheum quem transtulit de Greco in Latinum
Incipit: ⟨C⟩um beati Iohannis Crisostomi super euuangelium sancti Mathei due expositiones utpote ab eo condite proferrentur
Incipit: ⟨O⟩portebat quidem nos non indigere eo quod a libris est auxilio
Incipit: (fol. 2v) ⟨Liber⟩ generationis ...; Nunc quidem meministis mandati quod prius fecimus uobis
Explicit: gratia et philantropia d. n. I. C. cui ...
Final rubric: ...

unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4348, 9.

2. (fols. 133–227v)
JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, Homilies on John,


Rubric: ⟨I⟩ncipit prologus Burgundionis iudicis in commentatione Iohannis Crisostomi supra euuangelium sancti Iohannis euangeliste
Incipit: ⟨O⟩mnibus in Christo fidelibus fratribus Burgundio iudex ciuis Pysanus in Domino salutem. ⟨C⟩um Constantinopoli pro negociis publicis patrie mee
Rubric: (fol. 134) ⟨S⟩ancti patris nostri Iohannis Crisostomi archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani explanatio in sanctum Iohannem euangelistam
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩ui agonum qui foris sunt inspectores existunt
Explicit: gratia et clemencia D. n. I. C. cum quo Patri gloria imperium honor simul cum Spiritu Sancto nunc et semper ...
Final rubric: ⟨F⟩inis expositionis beati patris nostri Sancti Iohannis Crisostomi in sanctum euangelistam Iohannem a Burgundio iudice Pisano ciue de Greco in Latinum translato anno Christi MCLXXIIII. Explicit expositio super Iohannem

unpr. but for the prologue, ed. P. Classen, ‘Burgundio von Pisa’ , Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, phil.-hist. Klasse (1974), 4 Abh., pp. 84–102, using this copy; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4355.

fols. 228–9v blank but for faint pencil-notes on fol. 228v and the outline of a rough index on 229. At the foot of fol. 228v, twice, is ‘octo sunt hic sextarii’ , which applies to the quires of art. 2.

Art. 1 has line numbering by 5s, down the central col., column numbers, 1–538, in the upper margin, and lists of topics in the lower margin, at the foot of each col., referring to line-numbers. This looks like preparation for the making of an index. Both arts were annotated in hands of s. xiv, art. 2 only sparsely.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et illiteratus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 231 leaves (ii + 229)
Dimensions (leaf): 360 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 145 mm.
The edges retrimmed, affecting marginalia and running heads, and stained yellow.


a bifolium, 1–612, 7–810, 912, 10–1114, 12–1912, a singleton; catchwords.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 64 lines; running heads between lines ruled right across the page. Written below the top line.


A small, neat gothic rotunda bookhand, probably French.


None; unfilled spaces for initials and rubrics. A few rubrics were supplied by the main scribe.


Maltby: bare oak boards, bevelled and with projecting squares, perhaps replacing earlier ones; the spine covered with vellum; resewn on five bands. On fol. i, formerly a pastedown, are the marks of two straps, and of a brass chain-staple near the foot of the foredge. On fol. 229 are the marks of the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIII1 ; France (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. i, largely obliterated, in the same hand of c. 1300: ‘Iste liber est magistri Ricardi de Gedding’, a table of contents, and the College ex libris, probably incorporating Gedding’s ex dono. Gedding was fellow before 1288 (BRUO 752), and donor of a number of books. This one is UO47. 236, ‘in libraria’, valued at 16 s.

On fol. 228v is a 3-line note in pencil, much obliterated, ‘Q⟨uaterni⟩ M. Willelmi de ?Say continens omelie [ ... librum ... / ... Petri ... / ...].’

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘241’, s. xvii in. On fol. iv are a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘N. 3. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 3. 4 (XXX)’ in red. On fol. iiv is the College bookplate. ‘4’ is inked on the foredge.

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. 22; Powicke, no. 25.

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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