Merton College MS. 41
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 2
FLORES BERNARDI; S. XII ex.
ff. iii, iv-vi blank. On f. iiiv is a table of contents, s. xiv, including items now lost, ‘Regula beati Benedicti’ at the beginning, and ‘Distincciones Nicholai de Gorham / Regula fratrum minorum / Testamentum beati Francisci’, at the end.
unpr.; Bloomfield 1155; M. Bernards, 'Zur Verbreitung der Bernardflorilegium. Das Bernardinum des Benediktins Wilhelm von St. Martin in Tournai', Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benedictiner Ordens 64 (1952), 234-41.
Ruled with crayon in 40-44 long lines.
English gothic rotunda bookhands except for quires 3 and 4, in a neat early gothic hand, s. xiii med.
Unfinished: unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics; spasmodic rubrication; red highlighting and underlining.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. ii and 115 are blank paper binding leaves. f. iii has verdigris stains from a central strap, and a rust mark near the head, probably from a chain-staple. ff. iv-vi have rust marks from two clasps. None of these marks occur on f. i.
ff. i and 116, binding leaves positioned upside down, are from another book of s. xiii med., containing a medical work: written space 155 × 110 mm., ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 44 lines. Written in a small English gothic bookhand, rubricated, but unfilled spaces for coloured initials.
Provenance and Acquisition
Perhaps originally a Franciscan book. At the head of f. vivis ‘Istum librum reparauerunt Magister Willelmus Emyldon M. Ricardus Langstone M. Thomas Bloxham M. Ricardus Scarburgh Magister Iohannes Yonge’. Emyldon was fellow 1441-52, Langstonec. 1446-52 (when he died), Bloxham c. 1449-61, Scarborough c. 1449, still in 1464, Yonge c. 1449-61 (BRUO 642, 1098, 204-5, 1651-2, 2135). The quire-numbers, which begin at 1, may be part of their work. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘N. 4. 2. Art:’, s. xvii, the second canc. and replaced with ‘C. 1. 2 (XLI)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘2’ is inked on the foredge.
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