A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 33

Former shelfmark: A. 3. 7



Language(s): Latin

fol. irv blank.

(fols. 1–347; 347–8v blank)
AUGUSTINE, Enarrationes in Psalmos 1–76

Beg. mutil.

Explicit: et uestigia tua non cognoscentur
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de psalmo lxxº sexto

CPL 283; CCSL 38–9 (1956), pp. 1–1066.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -net sed ea
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 349 leaves (i + 348)
Dimensions (leaf): 345 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 160 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed and stained yellow.


at each end a bifolium, the outermost leaf a pastedown, 1–2812, 2912(12 canc.); catchwords.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 43 lines. Running heads are between lines ruled across the page.


One practised English gothic rotunda bookhand.


On fol. 1 a painted initial and border, the initial excised; most of the border remains, with hound chasing rabbit along the lower bar. Blue initials flourished in red. Red tituli and lemmata from fol. 187.


s. xv ex.; as for MS 1. The remains of two broad straps of brown leather from recesses in the front board to catches at the back. Sewn on five bands, raised on the spine and outlined with string. The mark of a brass chain-staple on the foredge of the front board, near the foot. At the foot of the front pastedown is the mark of an iron chain-staple; there is no corresponding mark on the board.


Origin: S. XIV 2/4 ; England, Oxford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

MSS 33 and 34 are a set, made professionally; the style of the minor initials suggests Oxford.

Near the head of fol. 348v is an erased cautio : ‘Caucio M. exposita ciste anno domini m[⟨illesimo Oxenford pro xx. solid’ die sexta proxima ante festum sancti Ambrosii / [ ...?]estreworth’.

Near the head of the rear pastedown is another partly erased cautio : ‘⟨Caucio exposita ciste Wynton’ die scil. proxima ante festum Gregorii anno Domini ⟨millesimo CCC⟩ sexto decimo ’.

At the College by c. 1360: UO47. 168, ‘in libraria’.

At the head of fol. i ‘M A. 5. 11’, s. xvii. On the front pastedown: ‘Augustinus in psalmos pars prima’, s. xvii; ‘N. 3. 7. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 3. 7 (XXXIII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘7’ 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. 23 (missing); Powicke, no. 328; not in Römer; Alexander & Temple, no. 296.

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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