Merton College MS. 48
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 9
PETER OF WALTHAM &c.; S. XV
ff. iv, iiiv blank. On ff. ii–iii is an alphabetical subject-index in the same hand, probably Hammond Haydok’s, as that on ff. 170v–3 of MS 42, and of the list on f. 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 f. 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, ff. 1-64v, 65-123, including a considerable amount of marginalia.
On f. 17 is a 5-line initial with full floral border in colours and gold. On f. 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 f. 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 f. 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 f. i is ‘N. 4. 9. Art:’, s. xvii. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge. On f. iiivis the College bookplate.
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