Merton College MS. 48
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 9
PETER OF WALTHAM &c.; S. XV
fols. iv, iiiv blank. On fols. ii–iii is an alphabetical subject-index in the same hand, probably Hammond Haydok’s, as that on fols. 170v–3 of MS 42, and of the list on fol. ivv of MS 189.
PL 40. 1047–78; 99. 197–282.
unpr.; Bloomfield 8240, 8275. The loss of leaves at this point probably occurred early on, as this art. is not registered in the table of contents noted above.
( capitula )
ed. J. Gildea (Villanova, PA, 1984); Bloomfield 2819, 6476; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 435.
On fol. 125 is a distich, c.1500, ‘Qui ualet eligere caput et minus utile gratis / Est fatuus uere nec sapit ipse satis’, and pen-trials.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 40 lines.
Two skilled anglicana hands, fols. 1–64v, 65–123, including a considerable amount of marginalia.
On fol. 17 is a 5-line initial with full floral border in colours and gold. On fol. 1 is a champe initial with sprays. Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On f. 125, once a pastedown, are the marks of the large brass chain-staple (two pairs of holes in parallel). On fol. i is the mark of an iron chain-staple at the foot, near the foredge. Loose in the book is a slip of parchment with a table of contents of s. xv; this was probably cut from the original front pastedown.
Provenance and Acquisition
A professional product, possibly owned by Hammond Haydok (for whom see MS 16), at the College by s. xv ex.
At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘277’ (recte 276), s. xvii in. A sheet of paper inside the front board has a table of contents and ‘C, 6, 10.’ (canc.), s. xvii, and modern ‘C. 1. 9 (XLVIII)’ in red. On fol. i is ‘N. 4. 9. Art:’, s. xvii. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge. On fol. iiivis the College bookplate.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2018-08-01: First online publication