Merton College MS. 45
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 6
ANSELM, JOHN OF DAMASCUS; S. XIV in.
On f. iiiv are notes of s. xiv and xv on Anselm’s works, including two tables of contents, s. xiv, covering the works of Anselm and those that follow respectively. The second indicates that Bede, De Natura Rerum, is now missing from the end. According to Thomas James (see below), preceding this was another lost item which he describes as ‘Sententiae Io. Armachani’ (perhaps meaning art. 13). On f. iv is a paragraph in a hand of s. xv: ‘Deo suplica, parentes ama, cognatos cole, mundus esto, stude agere quod iustum est...’. On f. ivv is a table of contents in a distinctive large square hand, s. xiv in., probably that of John Grandisson, bishop of Exeter 1327-1369. Against it the same or a similar hand has written critical comments: ‘Corruptissime scriptum’, ‘Scriptum falsissime’, ‘Pessime scriptum’.
SAO 1. 13-87.
SAO 1. 93-122.
SAO 1. 130-9.
SAO 2. 175-219.
SAO 2. 245-88.
SAO 1. 173-99.
SAO 1. 207-26.
SAO 1. 233-76.
SAO 1. 145-68.
SAO 2. 37-133.
SAO 2. 137-73.
Lines 13-71; SAO 4. 360-2.
transl. Burgundio of Pisa
ed. E. M. Buytaert (St Bonaventure, NY, 1955), pp. 1-135.
Bloomfield 3933, this copy only. f. 191 is covered with notes, mainly in pencil, except for a five-line recipe: ‘R. amigdalas amaras et ter’ eas minutissime …’ , s. xv in. ff. 191v–2v blank.
Throughout is early marginal annotation, some of it probably in the same hand as the table of contents on f. iiiv.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 36 lines.
A large and formal English gothic rotunda bookhand.
Red and blue flourished initials with partial borders; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; running heads in large capitals in the colours; red or blue initials and paraphs for capitula .
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. i has the mark of a chain-staple near the foot of the foredge; f. 192 has the mark of a brass one in the middle of the foot.
ff. i-ii, 193-4 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from a printed book, s. xvi (running heads ‘De cultu Dei externo’, ‘De ymaginibus’).
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. iv‘prec ii. marcas’, ‘Liber correctus est per totum’, and a large early press mark ‘F 2m’.
James no. 231, and therefore at the College before 1600. Loose in the book, probably once pasted inside the front board, is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘N. 4. 6. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 1. 6 (XLV)’ in red. On f. iii is ‘C. 1. 6’ twice, in red ink and pencil. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge. On f. iiivis the College bookplate.
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