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Merton College MS. 65

Former shelfmark: G. 3. 5



Language(s): Latin

fol. irv blank.

1. (fols. 1–65v)
Incipit: ||(Beg. mutil.) igitur distinctionum tempore accipi
Explicit: (ends impf. in q. 21; edn. p. 541 sect. 14) potest aliquis ratiocinare de agendis et ita||

Glorieux, Théol. 344s; DSO (Wadding) 12. 1–548.

2. (fols. 66–89v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, Collationes Oxonienses
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. towards the end of q. 6) nec debet poni quomodo includit contradictionem ex ratione
Explicit: (ends impf. in q. 24) necesse esse ergo quocunque posito||

DSO (Wadding) 3. 339–430. Nos 6–19, 21, 23–4 are Wadding 34, 12, 32–3, 31, 21, 13, 22, 27, 25, 24, 35, 14, 16, 15, 28, 29; nos 20 and 22 pr. C. R. S. Harris, Duns Scotus (2 vols, Oxford, 1927), II, pp. 371–8; Glorieux, Théol. 344u2. The text differs considerably from the printed version.

3. (fols. 90–110)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, Collationes Parisienses
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. in q. 3; ed. Wadding, p. 361) non esset delectacio tum quia talis actio
Explicit: alia in Filio et sic de Spiritu Sancto ergo &c
Final rubric: Explicit collacio Parisiensis doctoris subtilis scripta per me Iohnnem Reynboldi de Monte Ornato Almanicum anno Domini millesimo CCCC lvi

Originally 19 quaestiones , the first fifteen as DSO (Wadding) 3. 339–430, nos 6, 7, 2–4, 17–18, 9–11, 20, 36–9; then follow two pr. from this and MS 90 by Harris, Duns Scotus, II, pp. 361–70; Glorieux, Théol. 344u1; eight copies are listed in DSO (Balič) 1. 151*. The text differs much from the printed version. On fol. 110v is an index of the tituli in the elegant humanistica of MS 60 &c.

4. (fols. 111–18v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, De Primo Principio
Incipit: Primum rerum principium michi ea credere sapere
Explicit: (ends impf. in c. 4. 4) quia tamen de simplicitate essentiali (catchwords:) intelligo hoc||

ed. and transl. A. B. Wolter (Chicago, ILL, 1983), pp. 3–75; Glorieux, Théol. 344h.

5. (fols. 119–37v)
?JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, De Perfectione Statuum
Incipit: Quod status prelatorum ecclesiasticorum presupponit statum alium
Explicit: uel temeraria assercione sunt scripta
Final rubric: Explicit opus doctoris subtilis intitulatum Duns de perfectione statuum. Scriptum per me Iohannem Reynboldi Almanicum de Monte Ornato anno Domini millesimo CCCC lvi

ed. DSO (Vivès), 26. 501–61; Glorieux, Théol. 344ac.

6. (fols. 138–44)
FRANCIS DE MEYRONNES, De Dominio Apostolorum
Incipit: Vtrum apostoli habuerunt bonorum dominium in communi. Et uidetur quod sic, quia Act. 4 c. dicit Sanctus Lucas quod erant omnia communia
Explicit: de discipulis ut fuit declaratum
Final rubric: Explicit questio Francisci de Maronis de dominio apostolorum scriptum per me ..

unpr.; Roth, Franz von Mayronis, pp. 240–3.

7. (fols. 144v-8)
FRANCIS DE MEYRONNES, De Principatu Temporali
Incipit: Vtrum ille qui principatur secundum iurisdictionem uniuersalem tamquam monarcha debeat de iure naturali subiacere se illi qui principatur secundum plenitudinem potestatis in spiritualibus quo ad omnia que debet ierarcha. Circa quam questionem dicunt ciuiliste quod princeps
Explicit: tenet ecclesie triumphantis, cuius nos conciues faciat Ihesus Christus amen
Final rubric: Explicit questio Francisci de Maronis de subiectione .... Scripta per me ...

unpr.; Roth, Franz von Mayronis, pp. 239–40.

8. (fol. 148v)
'De duodecim lapidibus Apocalypsis'
Incipit: Ciues superne patrie in Ihesum concinite qui est suppremus opifex ciuitatis uranice in cuius edificio talis extat fundacio. Iaspis colore uiridi
Explicit: cantemus tibi cantica Amen
Final rubric: Explicit rithmus uenerabilis Bede presbiteri de duodecim lapidibus preciosis qui numerantur in fine Apocalipsis scilicet capitulo 21

SKI 1126, ; WIC 2812, (‘Ciues caelestis patriae’); ed. P. Kitson in Anglo-Saxon England 12 (1983), 73–123, at pp. 115–20. This copy, his S (p. 111), may have been made directly from that in BL, Roy. 8 G. vi, fol. 159rv (Tattershall College, Lincs., s. xv1). This copy seen by John Bale (Appendix C, no. 6).

9. (fols. 149–54v; 155rv blank)
Incipit: Quodcumque ligaueris super terram ...; Duos fines ultimos futuros esse in fine seculi describit beatus Augustinus
Explicit: super iustos et iniustos cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit sermo uenerabilis doctoris fratris Francisci de Maronis predicatus in Assiso tempore indulgenciarum in presencia domini pape et cardinalium de indulgenciis
Colophon: Scriptus per me Iohannem Reynboldi de Monte Ornato Almanicum anno Domini millesimo CCCC lvi

pr. Basel 1498; Roth, Franz von Mayronis, pp. 236–9; Bloomfield 4895; Schneyer 131.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: hoc non ostendunt
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 156 leaves (i + 155)
Dimensions (leaf): 365 × 265 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 145 mm.
The edges savagely retrimmed, affecting marginalia and catchwords, and spattered with red. fol. i is of thick, stiff parchment.


a singleton, 18 (1 mutil.), 2–88, a single leaf, hooked round quire 8, was the first in a quire now lost, 9–138, 148(lacks 6–8), 15–178, 188(lacks 4), 198, 208(lacks 6–8), a singleton; catchwords, placed as in MS 60. One or more quires is lost after 15. Losses of leaves are signalled on fols. 65v and 66 (s. xvii, referring to the printed edn. of 1639), and 90.


Ruled with pencil in 52 long lines.


As 59. The scribe writes passages of gloss in the margins in a tiny hand.


As 59. Major initials and borders are on fols. 1 (mostly excised), 111, 119, 138, 144v, and 149.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fol. 155 was formerly a pastedown.


Origin: 1456

Provenance and Acquisition

As for MS 59: 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.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘N. 5. 10. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 3. 5 (LXV)’, in red, and the College bookplate. Titles in a hand of s. xvi occur at the head of fol. 2, partly cropped, and showing that the damage to fol. 1 had already occurred. ‘7’ 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, pp. 39–40; Powicke, no. 985; Watson, Dated and Datable Oxford, no. 837; Alexander & Temple, no. 572.

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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