Merton College MS. 31
Former shelfmark: A. 3. 5
THOMAS OF WALES, LACTANTIUS, PETRARCH; S. XV1
ff. i, ii blank.
pr. [Strassburg 1468] (GW 2883), Mainz 1473, &c., together with the commentary on books XI– XXII by Nicholas Trevet OP; Kaeppeli 3891; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 397.
CPL 85; CSEL 19 (1890). Preceded by five passages of testimonia from Augustine and Jerome, followed on ff. 178v-9 by a passage from Augustine, De Ciu. Dei, bk. 20.
CPL 88; SChr 289 (1982).
CPL 87; SChr 213-14 (1974).
Arts 2-4, including the extra matter accompanying art. 2, are as Oxford, Corpus Christi Coll., MS 51, written in ?Oxford, 1429.
ed. G. Martellotti et al ., Petrarca. Prose (Milan, 1955), pp. 286-591; Petrarca nel tempo: tradizione lettori e immagini delle opere, ed. M. Feo (Florence 2003), pp. 419-22. f. 223v is blank except for ‘Lactantius’ pencilled in a hand of s. ?xix. On f. 224 is a table of contents in a neat small hand writing fere humanistica; f. 224v blank.
Ruled with pencil or crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines.
Art. 1 is in a skilled Continental hybrida influenced by humanistica. Arts. 2-5 are in the elegant bastarda of Nicholas Voocht, who apparently wrote at Oxford.
Uniform throughout; large red and blue initials; smaller red or blue initials. Both types were probably intended for flourishing, not carried out. Art. 1 has red or blue paraphs.
c. 1500, repaired by Maltby; bare oak boards with broad chamfers and slightly projecting squares, resewn on seven bands; rebacked with vellum. Formerly two straps from shallow recesses in the front board to catches on the rear. Near the foot of the foredge of the front board is the mark of a chain-staple. Near the foot of the rear board are four parallel holes from the large brass chain-staple. The outermost leaves were formerly pastedowns.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. iiv‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ ex dono magistri Henrici Seuer sacre pagine professoris ac custodis eiusdem incathenatus ad communem usum sociorum in libraria studere uolencium Anno Domini MCCCCLXVI.’ For Sever, see above, MS 6. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘169’, s. xvii in. ‘5’ is inked on the foredge. On f. ivis a sheet of paper with a table of contents , s. xvii. Above is ‘N. 3. 5. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 3. 5 (XXXI)’ in red. The College bookplate is on f. iiv.
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