Merton College MS. 38
Former shelfmark: A. 1. 2
Ps.-JOHN CHRYSOSTOM; S. XIV ex., XV in.
fols. iv-v are filled with what appear to be omitted passages from the main text, keyed to it by alphabetical letters. On fol. vv is a 2-line table of contents, s. xv ex.
Several neat anglicana hands.
I: initials are highlighted with yellow. II: on fols. 18 and 30 red and blue flourished initials with 3-sided bar borders. Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs, plain red or blue initials in table (a); underlining in red or ink of text.
s. xix, sewn on five bands; fols. i-iii and 162–4 are blank paper binding leaves. The first parchment leaves have the marks of a chain-staple near the foot of the foredge.
Provenance and Acquisition
Near the foot of fol. 161v is pencilled ‘liber magistri Roberti Wyght xiiii s. iiii d.’ At the head of fol. vv, mutil., is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton ex dono Magistri Roberti Wygh⟨t …⟩ anno Domini Mmo. ccccº lxviiiº.’ The inscription is repeated below in a hand of s. xvii, which shows that the words now missing were ‘quondam socii eiusdem collegii’. For Whyte, see MS 20.
In the middle of the page, now very faint, is ‘li. 21us’, c. 1500, showing that the book was then part of an electio .
Near the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘117’ (recte 243), s. xvii in.
On fol. vvis a slip of parchment with a table of contents and ‘N. 3. 12. Art:’, s. xvii. Inside the front cover is the College bookplate with ‘N. 3. 12’, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 1. 2. (XXXVIII)’ in red. ‘12’ is inked on the foredge.
Merton College MS. 38 – Part II
Indexes to the main art.
A list of key-words in 7 cols, Abierunt-Zizannia
Alphabetical index Abominatio-Zelus
Another list of key words in 9 cols, Abhominacio-Zelus
Written space 235 × 155 mm. , frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 57 lines.
Merton College MS. 38 – Part I
CPL 707; PG 56. 611–946; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4350. MSS listed and classified by van Banning, this one at pp. ccxxxi, ccxxxvi, cclxiv-cclxxii, cccxv.
Preceded by another alphabetical index, ‘Abierunt pharisei omelia 37 ... Zizannia in tritico omelia 13c. Explicit tabula S. Iohannis Crisostomi operis imperfecti. Qui me compleuit non tota nocte quieuit’, fols. 18–29v.
Followed by an anthology of the homilies, fols. 157v-61, as MS 12 art. 6. 1, and a list of the homilies with their texts, added in a different hand on fol. 161.
The homilies are numbered, in pencil and ink, at the top r. h. corner of each recto. Column-letters have been pencilled in the margins. There is a good deal of correction and annotation in early hands, one of them doubtless Wyght’s (see below).
written space 230 × 150 mm. , frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols, written in c. 55–60 lines.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
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Last Substantive Revision
2018-08-01: First online publication