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Merton College MS. 62

Former shelfmark: G. 3. 2



Language(s): Latin

fols. i, ii blank. The lower three quarters of fol. ii has been excised.

1. (fols. 1–121v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS OFM, Commentary on III Sent. (Ordinatio or Opus Oxoniense)
Incipit: (d. 1 q. 1) ⟨Ci⟩rca incarnacionem de possibilitate. Vtrum possibile fuerit naturam humanam uniri Deo in unitate persone. Videtur quod non
Explicit: Iugum enim meum suaue est et onus meum leue. Cui sit laus ...
Final rubric: Explicit lectura doctoris subtilis in uniuersitate Oxoniensi super tertium librum sencentiarum ...
Colophon: Scriptus per me Iohannem Reynbold Almanicum de Monte Ornato anno Domini millesimo CCCC LIII

DSO (Balič) 9–10; Glorieux, Théol. 344r; Stegmüller, Sent. 421. On fol. 122rv is an index in the elegant humanistica which indexed MSS 59–61.

2. (fols. 123–227v)
Incipit: Circa distinctionem primam tercii libri queritur primo utrum sit possibile naturam humanam personaliter uniri uerbo diuino. Quod non, primo quia actus purus et infinitus non est alteri componibilis
Explicit: (ends impf. in d. 37; edn. p. 354) uel dicendum quod Deus est Iudex||

DSO (Balič) 20–1; Glorieux, Théol. 344m; Stegmüller, Sent. 429.

3. (fols. 228–58v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS OFM, Commentary on III Sent. (Opus Parisiense)
Incipit: (Beg. impf in d. 3 q. 1 schol. 1; edn. p. 432) et tamen non est ibi quies media
Explicit: (d. 17; edn. p. 484) oratio exaudita in repetita
Final rubric: Explicit lectura incompleta doctoris subtilis in uniuersitate Parisiensi super tercium librum sentenciarum ...
Colophon: Scriptus per me Iohannem Reynbold de Monte Ornato anno Domini millesimo CCCCLIII

DSO (Wadding) 11. 419–554; Glorieux, Théol. 344n; Stegmüller, Sent. 422. On fol. 259 is an index of distinctiones and quaestiones in the same elegant humanistica as earlier; 259v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: unius persone
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 261 leaves (ii + 259)
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 260 × 145 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed and stained yellow. fol. i is of thick, stiff parchment.


two singletons (perhaps originally two bifolia), 1–148, 1510, 16–288, 298(lacking 2–8), 30–328; catchwords, placed as for MS 60.


Ruled with pencil in 52 long lines.


As for MS 59. In art. 1 the scribe writes passages of gloss in the margin in a tiny hand.


As for MS 59. Initials with full borders on fols. 1 (the initial excised) and 123 . On fol. 25v the marginal spray of the initial has been excised.


s. xv, heavily restored by Maltby; flush, wide-bevelled oak boards now bare, rebacked with modern vellum, sewn on seven bands. Formerly two broad straps from shallow recesses at the front to catches at the back. Formerly chained from the front board, at the foredge near the foot, and from the back board, at the foredge near the head. fols. i and 259, once pastedowns, show traces of pink on the turn-ins.


Origin: 1453

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.

On fol. iiv, in the same humanistica as the indexes, ‘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 in the same hand.

On fol. ivare ‘N. 5. 7. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 3. 2 (No. LXII)’, in red; the College bookplate. ‘5’ altered to ‘4’, or vice versa, 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. 39; Powicke, no. 984; Watson, Dated and Datable Oxford, no. 836; Alexander & Temple, no. 568; DSO (Balič) 21, pp. 1*-3*.

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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