Merton College MS. 56
Former shelfmark: G. 2. 1
GREGORY ON JOB; c. 1300
ff. iv-ii blank.
CPL 1708; CCSL 143, 143A-B.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 45 lines. Running heads on a line ruled right across the page.
One highly skilled large, formal English gothic rotunda bookhand, of slightly archaizing appearance.
Large and handsome red and blue flourished initials with long borders, incorporating drolleries. To the end of bk. 16 small blue initials, highlighted or flourished in red, open lemmata, which are in red. Running heads in red capitals; highlighting in yellow.
Modern, apparently replacing one of s. xix. Bare oak boards; the spine covered with vellum; sewn on ten bands. On f. i are the marks of two straps and of an iron chain-staple in the middle of the foot. On f. 269v are the marks of two chain-staples, one as at the front, the other from the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. iiv, in an early hand, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ ex legato Magistri Henrici de la Wyle quondam cancellarii Sarum et socii domus eiusdem.’ This is the hand of the inscriptions in MSS 123-6. Henry de la Wyle (BRUO 565-6), fellow 1284-6, d. 1329. UO47. 206, ‘in libraria’. On f. i is ‘N. 5. 1.’, perhaps s. xvii, canc. and replaced with modern ‘G. 2. 1 (LVI)’ in red. Inside the front cover is the College bookplate.
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