Merton College MS. 58
Former shelfmark: G. 2. 3
GREGORY ON JOB, PART II; S. XIV ex.
f. iii blank.
CPL 1708; CCSL 143, 143A-B (1979-85).
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. ff. i-ii, 256-7 are modern paper blanks. The first and last parchment leaves were formerly pastedowns.
Provenance and Acquisition
The chain-staple shows that the book was at the College by s. xv ex. At the foot of f. 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 f. 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.
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