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Merton College MS. 50

Former shelfmark: A. 1. 11

JEROME &c.; S. XV

Contents

Language(s): Latin

ff. ii–iii blank. On f. iiiv is a table of contents in an untidy anglicana hand of s. xv.

1. (fols. 1-2)
Ps.-JEROME, De Decem Temptationibus
Rubric: Ieronimus de x. temptacionibus quibus temptauerunt filii Israel Dominum
Incipit: Hec sunt uerba que locutus est Moyses ... ; Hec sunt uerba quibus corripuit Moyses Israel
Explicit: ad terram considerandam
Final rubric: Expliciunt decem temptaciones secundum Ieronimum

PL 23. 1319-22; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3411; Lambert 409.

2. (fols. 2-5)
Ps.-JEROME, De Cantica Deborae
Rubric: Incipit Ieronimus super cantica Debbore uxoris Barach
Incipit: Cecinerunt Debbora et Barach ...; Barak uir Debbora prophetes fuisse traditur
Explicit: in Ieremia propheta
Final rubric: Explicit Canticum Debbore secundum Ieronimum

PL 23. 1321-8; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3413; Lambert 411.

3. (fols. 5-8v)
Ps.-JEROME, Commentary on Lamentations
Rubric: Incipiunt Lamentaciones Ieremie secundum Ieronimum
Incipit: Et factum est postquam in captiuitatem ductus est Israel ...; Sicut inter omnia cantica ueteris et noui testamenti
Explicit: uoluptatem carius
Final rubric: Expliciunt ...

CPL 630; PL 25. 787-92; Lambert 460.

4. (fols. 9-31v)
ALCUIN, Quaestiones super Genesim
Rubric: Incipit prologus magistri Albini quarundam questionum ad Sigulfum presbiterum super librum Geneseos
Incipit: Dilectissimo in Christo fratri Singulfo
Incipit: Quomodo conuenit quod in Genesi legitur requieuit Deus
Explicit: super omnem carnem amen
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 100. 515-66; Stegmüller, Bibl. 1085.

5. (fols. 32-52)
Jerome, Quaestiones Hebraicae in Genesim
Rubric: Hic incipit prologus sancti Ieronimi presbiteri in libro questionum Hebraicarum
Incipit: Qui in principiis librorum debebam secuturi operis argumenta
Explicit: mausoleum eius ibi hodie cernitur
Final rubric: Explicit liber questionum Hebraicarum sancti Ieronimi in Genesin

CPL 580; CCSL 72 (1959), pp. 1-56; Lambert 200.

6. (fols. 52-62v)
Jerome, De Mansionibus Filiorum Israel (Epist. 78)
Rubric: Incipit eiusdem Ieronimi qui supra de mansionibus filiorum Israel
Incipit: In septuagesimo septimo psalmo
Explicit: corruent in illis
Final rubric: Explicit de mansionibus filiorum Israel

CPL 620; CSEL 55 (1912), pp. 49-87; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3319.

7. (fols. 62v-93)
Ps.-JEROME, Quaestiones Hebraicae in libros Regum et Paralipomenon
Rubric: Incipit liber beati Ieronimi presbiteri de questionibus Regum
Incipit: Fuit uir unus ...; Ramathaim interpretatur excelsa duo
Explicit: (f. 77v) sescentis aureis emisse
Final rubric: Explicit liber beati Ieronimi presbiter de questionibus Regum
Rubric: Incipit liber eiusdem de questionibus paralipomenon
Incipit: In diebus eius ...; Nembroth cepit esse in terra id est potens
Explicit: ut ruinas templi restauraret
Final rubric: Explicit liber beati Ieronimi de questionibus Paralipomenon

PL 23. 1329-66, 1365-1402; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3414-15, 3417-18; Lambert 412.

9. (fols. 93v-178)
Jerome, Commentary on Matthew
Incipit: Plures fuisse qui euuangelia scripserunt
Incipit: Liber generacionis ...; In Ysaia legimus Generacionem eius quis enarrabit
Explicit: se scit futurum cum apostolis
Final rubric: Explicit

CPL 590; CCSL 77 (1969); Lambert 217.

10. (fols. 178v-82)
Ps.-Augustine, De Essentia Diuinitatis
Rubric: Sentencia beati Ieronimi de essencia et inuisibilitate et immensitate Dei
Incipit: Omnipotens Deus, Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus
Explicit: manifestum demonstrate
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 42. 1199-1208; Lambert 314.

11. (fols. 182v-91)
CYPRIAN, De Oratione Dominica
Rubric: Incipit tractatus sancti Cipriani episcopi Cartaginensis de oratione dominica.
Incipit: Euangelica precepta f. d. nichil aliud sunt
Explicit: et gratias agere non desinamus amen

CPL 43; CCSL 3A (1976), pp. 87-113.

12. (fols. 191v-2v)
Ps.-Augustine, De Creatione Primi Hominis
Rubric: Sermo sancti Augustini episcopi qualiter homo factus est ad ymaginem et similitudinem Dei
Incipit: Tanta dignitas humane condicionis esse cognoscitur
Explicit: in secundo reformauit amen
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 40. 1213-14. The common excerpt from De Spiritu et Anima.

13. (fols. 193-202v)
Ps.-BASIL, Regula
Rubric: Incipit doctrina sancti Basilii episcopi Capadocie
Incipit: Audi fili admonicionem patris tui
Explicit: Deus diligentibus se Deo gracias
Final rubric: Explicit ...

CPL 1155a; ed. P. Lehmann, Erforschung des Mittelalters 5 (Stuttgart, 1962), pp. 200-45.

14. (fols. 202v-4v)
Ps.-Bede, De ponderibus et mensuris
Rubric: Beda de ponderibus et mensuris
Incipit: Ponderum ac mensurarum iuuat cognoscere modum
Explicit: et onus cameli efficiunt
Final rubric: Laudate Deo. Explicit ...

Isidore, Etymologiae, xvi. 25-6

15. (fols. 205-16)
Dominicus Gundissalinus, De Immortalitate Animae
Incipit: Posse debes ex aliis quod quatuor modis humanis consulitur erroribus
Explicit: et affeccionibus totaliter consistit. Deo patri sit gloria.

ed. G. Bülow, BGPTM 2.3 (1897), pp. 1-38.

16. (fols. 216v-67; 267v-8v, 269v blank)
Giles of Rome, Contra Exemptos

Capitula

Rubric: Incipit liber Parisiensis contra exemptos
Incipit: Augustinus septimo de ciuitate Dei capitulo tricesimo ait quod sic utique Deus administrat omnia
Explicit: habetur quod exempti delinquendo quoddam ad ea &c. Gloria et honor Deo.

pr. Rome 1555; Glorieux, Théol. 400bd; Zumkeller 25.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: dierum quibus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 272 leaves (iii + 269)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 185 mm.
Dimensions (written): 175 × 120 mm.
The edges stained yellow.

Collation

A4, the first leaf the front pastedown, 1-338, 346, the last leaf the rear pastedown; catchwords, enclosed in scrolls; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form, mostly trimmed off.

Layout

Ruled with pencil in 35 long lines.

Hand(s)

Several widely differing cursive hands, those of ff. 49-178 and 178v-267 of Continental appearance.

Decoration

In the lower margin of f. 211 are a skilfully drawn castle and a large pointing hand with sleeve. Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue initials and paraphs. At the head of the rear pastedown is ‘ii magne litere xv par⟨affi⟩’.

Binding

Original, heavily restored. Cushion-bevelled oak boards with slightly projecting squares, now bared, the spine still covered with the old tawed skin; sewn on five bands, raised and outlined with string; blue and plain endbands sewn through the cover skin. Formerly two straps from recesses in the front board to catches in the back. Formerly chained from the foredge of the front board, near the foot; on the rear board are the marks of the large brass chain-staple.

History

Origin: S. XV ; Continental (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

On f. i ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone ex dono magistri Henrici Seuer sacre pagine professoris ac custodis eiusdem incathenatus ad communem usum sociorum in libraria studere volencium anno Domini MoCCCColxvio.’ For Sever, warden 1455-71, see MS 6. On f. iv: a brief note of the contents, s. xvii; ‘N. 4. 11. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with modern ‘A. 1. 11 (L)’ in red ink; the College bookplate.

Record Sources

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

Availability

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

Bibliography

    Coxe, pp. 34-5; Powicke, no. 945; Römer 2. 306-7.