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Merton College MS. 64

Former shelfmark: G. 3. 4



Language(s): Latin

fols. ii-iii are blank. fols. 1–4 are waste leaves of MS 62 art. 1, without decoration. fol. 4v is blank.

(fols. 5–265v.)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS OFM, Commentary on IV Sent. (Ordinatio or Opus Oxoniense)
Incipit: ⟨Sam⟩aritanus il⟨le pi⟩issimus spo⟨li⟩um uidens ho⟨min⟩em...; Magister in hoc opere suo finali determinauit
Explicit: permanet in eis iuste retribucionis dampnacio a qua nos custodire dignetur qui est benedictus in s. s. amen
Final rubric: Explicit lectura doctoris subtilis in uniuersitate Oxoniensi super quartum librum sentenciarum ...
Colophon: Scriptus per me Iohannem Reynbold Almanicum de Monte Ornato Anno Domini millesimo CCCC. liiii

DSO (Wadding) 9–10; Glorieux, Théol. 344r; Stegmüller, Sent. 421.

fols. 266–7 contain more undecorated waste text; 267v-8v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 2) quod ratio naturalis
Secundo Folio: (fol. 4) scriptum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 272 leaves (iii + 269)
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 140 mm.
The edges lightly retrimmed and stained yellow. fols. ii-iii are of thick, stiff parchment.
Foliation: Foliated by the scribe, 1–36, 27–260


a bifolium, A4, 1–338, 348(8 canc.), a bifolium, a singleton; catchwords, placed as in MS 60.


Ruled with pencil in 52 long lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.


As for MS 59. The scribe writes passages of gloss in the margin in tiny script.


As for MS 59. On fol. 1 is an initial and full border, the initial excised.


s. xvi in.: reverse-bevelled wooden boards with slightly projecting squares, recovered with calf, s. xix, blind-stamped perhaps in imitation of the original; sewn on seven bands; fols. i and 269 are paper blanks. The pattern consists of a frame divided into lozenges, all made up of plain fillets, each lozenge containing a Tudor rose. fols. ii and 268 were pastedowns in the same binding, which possibly originally had pinkish skin. There were two broad straps from shallow recesses in the front board to catches in the back, and brass chain-staples on the front board, from the foredge near the foot, and on the rear board, at the foredge near the head.


Origin: 1454

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. 4v, in the same elegant humanistica as the indexes in MS 60 &c., ‘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, showing that a ‘tabula distinctionum et questionum eiusdem operis’ is missing from the beginning.

Further down is ‘N. 5. 9. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 3. 4 (LXIV)’, in red, and the College bookplate. ‘6’ is inked on the fore-edge.

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.

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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