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Merton College MS. 48

Former shelfmark: C. 1. 9



Language(s): Latin

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.

1. (fols. 1–13v)
Incipit: O mi fratre si cupias scire quamuis ego nesciam
Explicit: eternaliter regnare concedis quia ...
Final rubric: Explicit epistola beati Augustini ad Iulianum comitem

PL 40. 1047–78; 99. 197–282.

2. (fols. 13v-16v)
‘Expositio articulorum fidei secundum Augustinum’
Incipit: Diuiditur etiam et distinguitur symbolum precipue apostolorum
Explicit: Inde uenturus est uidere uiuus et mortuus
Final rubric: Explicit exposicio articulorum fidei
3. (fol. 16v)
ODO OF CHERITON, Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer
Incipit: Dominus autem priusquam orationem suam promulgaret multiloquium docuit uitare
Explicit: (ending impf.) panem uero co. [catchwords] da nobis||

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.

4. (fols. 17–123; 123v-4v, 125v blank)
PETER OF WALTHAM, Remediarium Conuersorum
Incipit: Reuerendo patri Ricardo ecclesie Londoniensi episcopo tercio suus Petrus Blesensis archidiaconus eiusdem ecclesie sic currere per temporalia ut brauium apprehendat eternum
Incipit: De beata mentis solitudine necnon et euangelice paupertatis beatitudine

( capitula )

Incipit: Ipsa humane condicionis qualitas
Explicit: precibus suis animam Petri commendet Deo et Domino nostro Ihesu Christo cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit Remediarium Conuersorum

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.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: non ut aliquod
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 128 leaves (iii + 125)
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 110 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed affecting marginalia and decoration, and spattered with red.


Collation: A4(lacks 4), 1–158, 164 (4 canc.), B4(1–2 canc.); catchwords. Quires are missing after 2.


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.

Additions: A considerable amount of marginalia.


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.


Origin: S. XV ; England

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.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.


    Coxe, p. 33; Powicke, no. 1244; Römer 2. 306.

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

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