A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 52

Former shelfmark: A. 1. 3



Language(s): Latin

fols. ivv-v blank.

(fols. fols. 1–83v; 84–6v blank)
Jerome, Commentary on Jeremiah
Rubric: Incipit prefacio Sancti Ieronimi presbiteri in explanacionem Ieremie prophete
Incipit: Post explanationes duodecim prophetarum
Incipit: Verba Ieremie ...; Ceteri prophete ut Ysaias Osee Iohel fuerunt ante captiuitatem
Explicit: dedit dona hominibus
Final rubric: Ieronimi Eusebii presbiteri Bethleemitici super Ieremiam prophetam liber sextus qui et ultimus explicit

CPL 586; CCSL 74 (1961); Stegmüller, Bibl. 3353; Lambert 211.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Ne consideres
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 94 leaves (v + 89)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 140 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


a bifolium, 1–108, 116; catchwords.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 45 lines.


One expert Continental scribe, writing slightly archaizing formal cursive.


Blue initials flourished in red; red lemmata, marginal chapter-numbers and running heads; yellow highlighting.


s. xix, sewn on five bands; fols. i-iii, 87–9 are modern paper blanks. On fol. iv is the mark of a brass chain-staple near the foot of the foredge. On fol. 86 are the marks of two clasps or catches.


Origin: S. XV ; Continental

Provenance and Acquisition

Given by Richard Fitzjames, for whom see MS 9. On fol. vv ‘Beatus Hieronimus super Hieremiam prophetam ex dono domini Ricardi Fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii. Cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen’, in the usual hand.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘267’, s. xvii in. Above is ‘N. 4. 13. Art:’, s. xvii. Below is the College bookplate. On fol. iv is ‘N. 4. 13. Art:’ again, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 1. 3 (LI)’ in red.

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. 36; Powicke, no. 1180.

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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