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

Merton College MS. 58

Former shelfmark: G. 2. 3



Language(s): Latin

fol. iii blank.

(fols. 1–250v; 251rv blank)
Gregory, Moralia in Iob (part II)
Rubric: Incipit liber undecimus moralium sancti Gregorii pape urbis Rome in libri Iob .1. pars .2ª
Incipit: Quamuis in prolixo opere esse culpabilis stili mutabilitas
Explicit: (bk. 35) pro me lacrimas reddat amen. Explicit.

CPL 1708; CCSL 143, 143A-B (1979–85).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: corporis uita
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 260 leaves (iii + 257)
Dimensions (leaf): 380 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 165 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


a singleton, 1–912, 1012(lacks 8–12), 11–2112, 2212(8–11 canc.); framed catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines. Running titles between ruled lines.


The first scribe of MS 57.


As for MS 57.


Late medieval, repaired and restored by Maltby; ‘remnants of sheepskin covering’ (Powicke) now gone; cushion-bevelled oak boards with slightly projecting foredges, now bared, rebacked with modern goatskin; resewn on seven bands. Straps (renewed) with brass clasps, pass from recesses in the front board to catches at the rear. Marks of post-medieval chaining from the foredges of both boards, near the foot of the front board, near the head of the rear. Near the foot of the rear board are the marks of the large chain-staple, on the last parchment leaf associated with verdigris. fols. i-ii, 256–7 are modern paper blanks. The first and last parchment leaves were formerly pastedowns.


Origin: S. XIV ex.

Provenance and Acquisition

The chain-staple shows that the book was at the College by s. xv ex. At the foot of fol. 1 is pencilled ‘hethe In hac parte sunt x quaterni’. The book is perhaps too late for this to have been William Hethe (BRUO 924), who was fellow in 1329–30, no longer in 1330–1, d. 1347. On fol. iiivare titles in hands of s. xvi and xvii, ‘N. 5. 3. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 2. 3 (LVIII)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘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. 38; 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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