Merton College MS. 53
Former shelfmark: B. 3. 6
BERNARD, HUGH OF ST VICTOR; S. XIV
f. i blank.
SBO 1-2. On f. 96v, formerly blank, is a list of the sermons in two cursive hands, perhaps Italian, of s. xiv. The second of these annotates throughout.
SChr 364 (1990).
SBO 3. 119-54.
(a) De Contemplando Deo, SChr 61 (1968); (b) De Natura et Dignitate Amoris, ed. R. Thomas, Pain de Cîteaux 24 (Chambarand, 1965).
PL 176. 969-76; Goy, p. 262.
SBO 3. 15-59.
SBO 3. 9-406, 4. 161-492, 5-6, de tempore , de sanctis , uarii , intermixed in the order Schneyer 1-3, In celebratione aduentus domini sanctorum patrum desideria legendo ( Sermones uarii , In aduentu , not in Schneyer), 7, 6, 2 again, 4-5, 13, 15, 17, 18, 16, Duo rerum genera f. in Domini natiuitatem considero, 20, 22, 19, 23-5, 27, 26, 28-9, 186, 31-3, 30, 34, 36-7, 42, 38-9, 156, 144, 40-1, 157, Scio f. scio in quanta afflictione sitis ( Sermones in Qui habitat , praef., alia recensio ), 44-5, 47-8, 50-8, 60, 68, 62, 61, 64-5, Hec est dies ; Ista dies est mundi que transitoria est, 66-7, 241, 69-70, Conuersus sum ; Non est ista uox transitoria, 71-2, 75, 191-2, 76, 175, 77, 218, 154-5, 176, 81-7, 126-8, 122-4, 89, 93, 91-2, Ecce nos reliquimus omnia ; Verba lectionis huius f. ea arbitror esse (Ps.-Bernard, In natal. S. Benedicti; ed. G. Raciti in Coll. Cist. 60 , 72-84), 96-100, 160, 103-8, Volumus scire ut sciamus, 111-12. f. 265rv blank.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 57 lines.
French gothic rotunda bookhands, that which writes ff. 1-96 of Italian appearance.
Red and blue flourished initials with long bar borders; red initials flourished in violet, blue initials flourished in red; running heads in blue and red capitals.
Late medieval, heavily restored and resewn by Maltby. Cushion-bevelled oak boards, now bare, with projecting foredges, rebacked with modern vellum; sewn on four bands. Formerly two straps from recesses in the front board to catches in the back. Formerly chained from the middle of the foot of the rear board, and from the foredge of the front board, near the foot. A mark from this staple is on the former pastedown f. i, which also has, near the head, the mark of the large brass chain-staple (two pairs of holes in a row); there is no corresponding mark on either board. This leaf was clearly at the rear and the other way up in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably made in Paris. The large chain-staple mark indicates that the book was at the College before c.1500. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘232’ (recte236), s. xvii in. On f. iv: a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘N. 4. 14. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced by ‘B. 3. 6 (LIII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘14’ is inked on the foredge.
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