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

Merton College MS. 57

Former shelfmark: G. 2. 2



Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1–128; 128v blank)
Gregory, Moralia in Iob (part I)
Rubric: Prima pars moralium beati Gregorii pape super Iob
Rubric: Incipit prefacio
Incipit: Reuerentissimo et sanctissimo fratri Leandro
Incipit: Dudum te frater beatissime in Constantinopolitana urbe cognoscens
Incipit: Inter multos sepe quaeritur quis libri beati Iob scriptor habeatur
Explicit: (bk. 12) quarto ex lectionis quoque incisione respirat
Final rubric: Explicit prima pars moralium beati Gregorii pape super Iob

CPL 1708; CCSL 143, 143A-B (1979–85).

2. (fols. 129–216)
Gregory, Homiliae in Ezechielem
Rubric: Prima pars in Ezechiele propheta. Et factum est in tricesimo anno.
Rubric: Incipit epistola beati Gregorii pape
Incipit: Dilectissimo fratri Maximiano episcopo
Incipit: Omelias que in beatum Ezechiel prophetam ita ut coram populo loquebar excepte sunt
Incipit: Dei omnipotentis aspiracione de Ezechiele propheta locuturus
Explicit: ad hereditatem perpetuam erudit. Sit itaque gloria omnipotenti Domino nostro Iesu Christo qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit liber secundus omeliarum beati Gregorii pape urbis Rome super extremam partem Ezechielis prophete

CPL 1710; CCSL 142 (1979).

3. (fols. 216–48v)
Gregory, Pastoral Care
Rubric: Incipit liber beati Gregorii pape de cura pastorali
Incipit: Pastoralis cure me pondera fugere delitescendo
Incipit: Nulla ars docere presumitur
Explicit: tui meriti manus leuet
Final rubric: Explicit liber pastoralis

CPL 1712; SChr 381–2 (1992).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: dixerat
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 250 leaves (i + 249)
Dimensions (leaf): 380 × 255 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 165 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


1–1012, 118, 12–2112; framed catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form in red, mostly cropped.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 50 lines. Running heads between ruled lines.


Two similar professional scribes: (1) art. 1; (2) arts 2–3. The first writes an archaizing gothic rotunda bookhand. The second is English, writing bookhand with some anglicana letter-forms.


Large and handsome red and blue initials, flourished in the same colours and violet, with long marginal extensions; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red underlining of lemmata.


s. xix ex., half-bound in vellum with buckram sides; sewn on seven bands, fols. i and 249 are blank paper binding leaves. On fol. 1, near the foot of the foredge, are marks possibly of a small iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV ex. ; England (?in part)

Provenance and Acquisition

See MS 58. Inside the front board is modern ‘Merton College Library / N. 5. 3. Art.’, the second canc. and replaced with ‘G. 2. 2 (LVII)’ in red. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge.

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. 37; Powicke, no. 504.

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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