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Merton College MS. 60

Former shelfmark: G. 2. 5



Language(s): Latin

fol. 1 blank. On the verso is a table of contents in the same hand as the ex dono (for which see below), including the index at the end.

(fols. 2–238)
John Duns Scotus OFM, Commentary on I Sent. (Ordinatio or Opus Oxoniense)
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. in prol. 15 [ed. Balič 1. 11 line 3])sumus naturaliter cognoscere distincte quod ille finis sit conueniens nature nostre
Explicit: ordinata est ad finem ultimum qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit lectura doctoris subtilis in uniuersitate Oxoniensi super primum librum sentenciarum scilicet doctoris Iohannis Duns nati in quadam uillicula parochie de Emyldon uocata Dunstane in comitatu Northumbrie pertinentis domui scolarium de Mertounhalle in Oxonia et quondam socii dicte domus.
Colophon: Scriptum per me Iohannem Reynbold Almanicum de Monte Ornato anno Domini millesimo CCCCº LIº.

DSO (Balič), 1–6, classifying the text as ‘instabilis’; Glorieux, Théol. 344r; Stegmüller, Sent. 421.

On fols. 238v-9v an index of the distinctiones and quaestiones , as in MS 59. fol. 240rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sumus naturaliter
Form: codex
Support: Thick parchment
Extent: 240 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 390 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255–60 × 145 mm.
The edges retrimmed with loss of original marginalia and stained yellow.


a singleton, 18(lacks 1), 2–298, 308(8 canc.), a singleton; catchwords, placed centrally between lines of the frame.


Ruled with fine pencil in 52 long lines.


As for MS 59. In this book Reynbold writes blocks of gloss in a tiny hand in the margins.


As for MS 59: a major initial doubtless missing with the lost first leaf. Another initial has been excised on fol. 237v.


As for MS 59.


Origin: 1451

Provenance and Acquisition

MSS 59–64 are a set, made for Richard Scarborough (see MS 17), and bought from him by Thomas Bloxham (see MS 41), who bequeathed it to the College on his death in 1473.

At the foot of fol. 120 is pencilled ‘Danyel May’, s. xv. This may have been the artist.

On fol. 1v, in a large formal humanistica, the same as the index, ‘Orate pro anima magistri Ricardi Scardeburgh sacre theologie professoris qui istos libros fieri fecit quos postea magister Thomas Bloxham in medicinis doctor ab eodem emit et huic collegio dedit. Orate igitur pro utroque’, followed by a table of contents. See MS 59.

Further down is ‘N. 5. 5. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 3. 5 (LX)’ in red, the 3 later corr. in pencil to 2. ‘2’ 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. 984; DSO (Balič) 1. 91*; Watson, Dated and Datable Oxford, no. 836; Alexander & Temple, no. 568.

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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