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Merton College MS. 36

Former shelfmark: A. 3. 10

WORKS OF AUGUSTINE; S. XIII2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

ff. i, ii, iii blank. On f. iiiv is a table of contents in an anglicana hand of c. 1300.

1. (fols. 1-12)
Augustine, Enchiridion

Preceded by capitula

Incipit: Dici non potest d. f. Laurenti quantum tua eruditione delecter
Explicit: spe et caritate conscripsi amen

CPL 295; CCSL 46 (1969), pp. 23-114.

2. (fols. 12-16v)
Augustine, De Natura Boni

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Summum bonum quo superius non est Deus est
Explicit: celestem uitam eternamque preponant amen

CPL 323; CSEL 25, 2 (1892), pp. 853-89.

3. (fols. 16v-20)
Augustine, De Cura pro Mortuis Gerenda
Incipit: Diu sanctitati tue coepiscope uenerande Pauline
Explicit: mea responsio defuisset

CPL 307; CSEL 41 (1900), pp. 619-60.

4. (fols. 20-30; 30v blank)
Ps.-Augustine, Hypomnesticon, bks 1-4
Incipit: Aduersarii catholice fidei dum contra regulam catholice ueritatis
Explicit: subuenerit salutaris

CPL 381; ed. J. E. Chisholm (2 vols, Paradosis 20-1: Fribourg, 1967, 1980), II, pp. 101-72.

5. (fols. 31-77)
Augustine, Confessiones

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Magnus es Domine et laudabilis ualde
Explicit: sic inuenietur sic aperietur amen

CPL 251; CCSL 27 (1981).

6. (fol. 77rv.)
Vita Augustini
Incipit: Sanctus igitur Augustinus quoniam intentos oculos in sancte Trinitatis contemplatione habuerit
Explicit: hereticorum fraudes patefaciendo dispersit adiuuante ...

Ends as the Life in B. Mombritius, Sanctuarium seu Vitae Sanctorum, (new edn., 2 vols., Paris, 1910/Hildesheim, 1978), I, pp. 110-17.

7. (fols. 78-83)
Augustine, De Nuptiis et Concupiscentia

Preceded by Epist. 200

Incipit: Heretici noui d. f. Valeri qui medicinam Christi
Explicit: horas lectioni uigilanter impendans

CPL 350; CSEL 42 (1902), pp. 207-319.

8. (fols. 82-8v)
Augustine, De Perfectione Iustitiae
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini doctoris liber incipit ad Paulinum et Eutropium de perfectione iusticie hominum
Incipit: Sanctis fratribus et coepiscopi Eutropio et Paulino Augustinus. Caritas uestra que in uobis est tanta est
Explicit: anathematizandum esse non dubito
Final rubric: Aurelii Augustini doctoris Ypponiensis episcopi de perfectione iusticie hominum liber explicit

CPL 347; CSEL 42 (1902), pp. 1-48.

9. (fols. 88v-98)
Augustine, De Natura et Gratia
Rubric: Eiusdem de natura et gratia ad Thimasium et ad Iacobum liber incipit
Incipit: Librum quem misistis k. f. Thimasi et Iacobe
Explicit: eternitas bonitas in s. s. amen
Final rubric: Aurelii Augustini doctoris Ypponensis urbis episcopi de natura et gratia ad Timasium et Iacobum liber explicit

CPL 344; CSEL 60 (1913), pp. 231-99.

10. (fol. 98rv.)
Augustine, Epist. 214
Rubric: Incipit epistola Sancti Augustini doctoris ad Valentinum monacum
Incipit: Domino dilectissimo et in Christi membris honorando
Incipit: Venerunt ad nos duo iuuenes
Explicit: oretis sit uobiscum Dominus amen
Final rubric: Explicit epistola prima

CSEL 57 (1911), pp. 380-7.

11. (fols. 98v-9v)
Augustine, Epist. 215
Rubric: Incipit secunda ad eundem
Incipit: Domino dilectissimo et in Christi membris honorando
Incipit: Cresconium Felicem et alium Felicem Dei seruos
Explicit: ueniat ad me frater Florus

PL 33. 971-4.

12. (fols. 99v-106v)
Augustine, De Gratia et Libero Arbitrio
Rubric: Incipit liber beati Augustini de gratia et libero arbitrio ad Valentinum monachum
Incipit: Propter eos qui liberum arbitrium hominis sic predicant
Explicit: et manifestationem Domini et Saluatoris nostri Iesu Christi cui ...

CPL 352; PL 44. 881-912.

13. (fols. 106v-14; 114v blank)
Augustine, De Correptione et Gratia
Rubric: Incipit liber eiusdem ad eundem Valentinum de correptione et gratia
Incipit: Lectis litteris uestris Valentine f. d.
Explicit: multitudinem peccatorum

CPL 353; PL 44. 915-46.

14. (fols. 115rv, 115v-23v)
Augustine, De Vtilitate Credendi

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Si michi Honorate unum atque idem uideretur esse hereticus
Explicit: in ceteris promptior

CPL 316; CSEL 25, 1 (1891).

15. (fols. 123-9v)
Ps.-Augustine, De Spiritu et Anima
Incipit: Quoniam dictum est mihi ut meipsum cognoscam sustinere
Explicit: (c. 33) non sit quam ratio
Final rubric: Explicit

PL 40. 779–803.

16. (fols. 130-3)
Augustine, De Immortalitate Animae

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Si alicubi est disciplina
Explicit: (ending as other English copies) a se distare conuincitur

CPL 256; CSEL 89 (1986), pp. 99-128 line 21.

17. (fols. 133-47v)
Augustine, De Anima et eius Origine, bks 2-4
Incipit: Domino dilectissimo fratri et conpresbitero Petro
Incipit: Peruenerunt ad me duo libri
Explicit: (f. 137) ista uel fecerit
Final rubric: Explicit liber beati Augustini de origine anime ad Petrum Presbiterum
Rubric: Incipit liber eiusdem primus ad Vincentium Victorem de eadem re
Incipit: Quod ad te scribendum putaui
Explicit: remotis plausibus alienis

CPL 345; CSEL 60 (1913), pp. 336-419.

18. (fols. 148-61)
Augustine, De Quantitate Animae

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Quoniam uideo te habundare otio
Explicit: sed etiam me ipsum oportuniorem reseruabo

CPL 257; CSEL 89 (1986), pp. 129-231.

19. (fols. 161-6v)
Augustine, De Anima et eius Origine, bk. 1

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Sinceritatem tuam erga nos Renate f. k.
Explicit: sine aliqua dilatione conscripsi

CPL 345; CSEL 60 (1913), pp. 303-35.

20. (fols. 167rv, 168-72; 172v blank)
Augustine, De Duabus Animabus

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Opitulante Dei misericordia
Explicit: (ending a few sentences from the conclusion, as in other English copies) magis credere cogebamur

CPL 317; CSEL 25, 1 (1891), pp. 51-79.

21. (fols. 173-80v)
Augustine, De Genesi ad Litteram Imperfectus Liber

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: De obscuris naturalium rerum
Explicit: (ends as other English copies) quod dictum est ad imaginem

CPL 268; PL 34. 219-44.

22. (fols. 180v-1, 181-93v)
Augustine, De Genesi contra Manicheos

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Si eligerent Manichei quos deciperunt
Explicit: que nichil uidebantur exposui

CPL 265; PL 34. 173-220.

23. (fols. 194-213v)
Augustine, De Libero Arbitrio, bks 2-3
Incipit: Iam si fieri potest explica mihi
Explicit: requiescere aliquando compellit

CPL 260; CCSL 29 (1970), pp. 236-321.

24. (fols. 214rv, 214v-28)
Augustine, De Vera Religione

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Cum omnis uite bone ac beate
Explicit: unum Deum ex quo omnia ..

CPL 264; CCSL 32 (1962), pp. 187-260.

25. (fols. 228v-36)
Augustine, De Magistro

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Quid tibi uidemur efficere uelle cum loquimur
Explicit: ut tuis uerbis asserebatur

CPL 259; CCSL 29 (1970), pp. 151-203.

26. (fols. 236rv, 236v-45v)
Augustine, De Musica

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Satis diu pene atque adeo plane pueriliter
Explicit: necessitate fecisse uideremus

CPL 258; PL 32. 1081-1194.

27. (fols. 245v-6, 246-58v)
Augustine, De Ordine

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Ordinem rerum Zenobi consequi ac tenere
Explicit: lumen fuisset illatum

CPL 255; CCSL 29 (1970), pp. 87-137.

28. (fols. 258v-73v)
Augustine, Contra Achademicos
Incipit: A [sic for Vtinam] Romaniane hominem sibi aptum
Explicit: quam speraueram fecimus

CPL 253; CCSL 29 (1970), pp. 1-61.

29. (fols. 273v-8v)
Augustine, De Beata Vita

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Si ad philosophie portum
Explicit: disputationis fine discessimus

CPL 254; CCSL 29 (1970), pp. 65-85.

30. (fols. 279-89v)
Augustine, Soliloquia

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: Voluenti mihi multa uaria mecum diu
Explicit: hoc fiat ut speramus

CPL 252; CSEL 89 (1986), pp. 1-98.

31. (fols. 290rv, 290v-300v)
Augustine, De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae

Preceded by the relevant extract from Retract.

Incipit: In aliis libris satis opinor egisse nos
Explicit: quia memorabiles aliquando ueniamus

CPL 261; CSEL 90 (1992).

32. (fols. 301-11; 311v-12v blank)
Augustine, De Moribus Manicheorum
Rubric: Hic incipit liber Augustini de moribus Manicheorum
Incipit: Nulli esset arbitror dubium
Explicit: multitudine non uelitis

CPL 261; CSEL 90 (1992).

On f. 311 col. b is a table of contents to the whole book, in a neat hand contemporary with the main text.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -ce fidei ac
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 315 leaves (iii + 312)
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 210-20 × 125 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed affecting early marginalia, and stained yellow.

Collation

A4(1 canc.), 1-912, 1014(+ 1 before 1), 11-2512, 268(+ 1 after 8); catchwords.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 54 lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.

Hand(s)

Apparently a single, highly proficient gothic rotunda bookhand, probably English.

Decoration

Red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red highlighting.

Binding

Late medieval, heavily repaired in modern times: chamfered oak boards with slightly projecting foredges, bared; formerly with two broad straps from recesses in the front board to catches at the back. Rebacked with modern vellum; sewn on five bands. On the front board and f. i are marks of two brass chain-staples, one at the foot, the other near the foot of the foredge. Another set of holes in the board may be from the large chain-staple. The first leaf was once a pastedown.

History

Origin: S. XIII2 ; England (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

On f. iiiv‘Iste liber est in custudia N. le Archur de Douor’ acomodatus fr[Two thoroughly erased lines]. Ista continentur in eo ...’, s. xiii ex. The long table of contents has been added to by hands of s. xvi and xvii. It is not known when the book came to the College prior to s. xvi in. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘3’ (wrongly), s. xvii in. On f. iv are ‘Liber Collegii Mertonensis’, ‘quae Titulos fol. 2 pag: 2’, and ‘N. 3. 10. Art’, s. xvii, the last canc. and replaced with ‘A. 3. 10 (XXXVI)’ in red. On f. iiv ‘N. 3. 10. Art:’ in the same hand as earlier, followed by a long table of contents. ‘10’ is inked on the foredge. On f. iiiv is the College bookplate.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.

Bibliography

    Coxe, pp. 24-5; Powicke, no. 1215; Römer 2. 303-4.