Merton College MS. 69
Former shelfmark: E. 2. 2
Ps-DIONYSIUS; S. XV
ff. i-iii blank. On f. iii verso is a table of contents, keyed to the foliation, listing the items in the order followed below.
f. 1v De Hierarchia Caelesti; f. 30 De Hierarchia Ecclesiastica; f. 64v De Diuinis Nominibus; f. 130v De Mystica Theologia. Ed. P. Chevallier, Dionysiaca (Paris, 1937-1949), pp. 673-717, 1043-66; Glorieux, Théol. 116a-d.
ed. ibid., pp. 286-310.
On this anonymous translation, otherwise known only from Todi, Bibl. comm. 52 (s. xiii), see S. H. Thomson, ‘An unnoticed translation of the Pseudo-Dionysius’ De Ecclesiastica Hierarchia’, RB 50 (1938), 246–53.
ed. Dionysii Cartusiensis Opera XVI (Tournai, 1902), pp. 351-94. Followed by a note ‘A.b. Liber de mistica theologia in textu habetur totaliter supra fo. 118 ante misticam theologiam.’
ed. Dionysii Cartusiensis Opera XV (Tournai, 1902), pp. 286-310, 597-628, ibid. XVI (Tournai, 1902), pp. 351-94, 471-5.
ed. Dionysii Cartusiensis Opera XVI, pp. 501, 504-6, 508-9, 512, 515, 517-18, 527-33, 557-61, 583-4. The book is disordered, not because of misbound quires, but because it seems to have been copied by a number of scribes who did not work as a team; there are consequently gaps, sometimes substantial, at the ends of their stints though, as an early reader noted, text is not missing. Sometimes the fit between stints is not perfect, and one or more early readers has amended the text accordingly. Gaps occur at f. 25rv, 37rv, 102rv, 117rv, 122rv (in each case the verso blank), 133v (134rv blank).
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 53 lines.
Proficient French hands (including the table of contents), changing with quires but also over shorter stints, writing littera bastarda or gothic rotunda bookhand, except for ff. 123-33v, in textura.
Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red underlining.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on eight bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i and 170 were pastedowns in an earlier binding. Near the foot of f. 170v are four holes from the large brass chain-staple, patched on the recto with a scrap from a book of s. xiv, with text written in anglicana.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably made in Paris; at the College soon after s. xv med. At the head of f. iiiv is ‘B. lir13us’, in a humanistic hand (cf. MS 87 &c). Inside the front board is ‘N. 6. 3. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced by ‘K. 2. 2. (LXIX)’ in red, the ‘K. 2. 2.’ canc. and replaced by ‘E. 2. 2.’, itself canc. and replaced by ‘P. 1. 2’ in ink of text. Below is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, and the College bookplate. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge.
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