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

Merton College MS. 63

Former shelfmark: G. 3. 3



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 2-114)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS OFM, Commentary on IV Sent. (Reportatio Parisiensis)
Incipit: (Beg. impf. in d. 6 q. 4) amoueatur et ponantur ibi folia uiridia
Explicit: (d. 50 q. 6) Ex hoc patet quod per accidens pena est eterna quia manet culpa perpetuo. Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit lectura doctoris subtilis in uniuersitate Parisiensi super quartum librum sententiarum ...
Colophon: Scriptum per me Iohannem Reynbold de Monte Ornato anno Domini millesimo CCCC lv

ed. Paris 1518; Glorieux, Théol. 344n1; Stegmüller, Sent. 423.

On ff. 114v-16 is an index of distinctiones and quaestiones , in the same elegant humanistica as the indexes in MSS 59-62. ff. 116v and 118v are blank. On ff. 117-18 is waste text intended for the main book or another in the set, lacking decoration.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (lacking)
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 119 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 405 × 275 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 145 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


1-148, A4(lacks 3-4; a leaf glued in after 2), a bifolium; catchwords, placed as in MS 60; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form in red, mostly cropped. The first two quires are missing. f. 2 is dirty, and has clearly been the first leaf, and probably without a cover, for some time.


Ruled with pencil in 52 long lines.


As for MS 59.


As for MS 59. Doubtless a major initial and border were on the original first leaf.


s. xix in., full calf; sewn on seven bands; ff. 1 and 119 are blank paper binding leaves.


Origin: 1455

Provenance and Acquisition

As for MS 59. Inside the front board is the College bookplate, with ‘N. 5. 8.’, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 3. 3 (LXIII)’ in red. At the head of f. 2 are titles and ‘N. 5. 8. Art:’, s. xvii, at the foot the College bookplate again. ‘5’ 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.