Merton College MS. 40
Former shelfmark: P. 1. 8
ANSELM, BERNARD ; S. XIII ex.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 42 lines.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii, 131-2 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from a larger printed commentary on Terence, s. xv or xvi. An earlier binding had a central strap. f. iii was a pastedown in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Evidently belonging early on to a house of friars, perhaps the Oxford Franciscans, a latecomer to the College. On f. ix is ‘Precii viii marcas’, s. xiv, and a partly-erased 2-line inscription ‘Per [fratrem Willelmum de ?Fr ...ch ...magum] / pro cuius anima Deum roget qui usum huius libri habuerit’, s. xv. An early 2-line inscription has been partly erased from f. ixv, then written over, s. xv: ‘[ ... de Cerigtone / ... fra ...us de Stauntone’ can be read. The second name might have been that of Hugh de Staunton OFM (BRUO 1768), warden of the Oxford custody in 1320. In the lower margins of ff. 16v-18, upside down, are notes of expenditure, s. xvi, including ‘for my battelles v l. x s’, with the name ‘Thomas Belcher’. On f. ii is ‘N. 4. 1. Art:’ and a table of contents, s. xvii. Inside the front board is ‘N. 4. 1. Art:’again, modern ‘C. 1. 18 (XL)’ and ‘E. 1. 4’ in red, both canc. and replaced with ‘P. 1. 8’. ‘1’ is inked on the foredge. The College bookplate.
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Merton College MS. 40 - Part I
f. iii blank. ff. iiiv–ixv are filled with notes, extracts and medical recipes, mostly in a single anglicana hand, c. 1300. On f. ix is an early table of contents, citing the foliation.
SAO 2. 245-88.
SAO 2. 7 line 6-35.
SAO 1. 207–26.
PL 159. 605-702.
SAO 1. 93-122.
SAO 1. 13-87.
SAO 2. 37-133.
SAO 2. 175-219.
SAO 2. 139-73.
SAO 1. 233-76.
SAO 1. 173-99.
ed. R. Thomas, Pain de Cîteaux 24 (Chambarand, 1965).
SBO 7. 100-31.
PL 182. 663A-6C.
SChr 223 (1975); Bloomfield 1742.
SBO 3. 253-94.
The first is Hugh of St Victor, Schneyer 290, the last Bernard of Clairvaux, Schneyer 192. On f. 122v is an index in 3 cols., dividing the collection into 178 items in 11 parts. This part of the book is heavily annotated in early hands.
Appears to be in a single tiny, neat bookhand of scholastic type, possibly French.
Blue or red initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; plain red and a few blue initials; red highlighting and spasmodic running heads.
Merton College MS. 40 - Part II
CPL 1155a; ed. P. Lehmann, Erforschung des Mittelalters 5 (Stuttgart, 1962), pp. 200-45.
Written in a more formal gothic rotunda bookhand, probably English.
Red initials flourished in blue; red highlighting.