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Merton College MS. 73

Former shelfmark: I. 2. 7



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–164v)
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Prima Secundae Partis
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. in q. 20 a. 3) sed alia est uirtus intellectualis
Explicit: et hoc de moralibus in communi dicta sufficiant
Final rubric: Explicit expliciat liber

STO 6–8; Glorieux, Théol. 14ax.

(fols. 164v-8r; 168v blank)
An index of tituli to the quaestiones and articuli

, ending ‘Expliciunt capitula prime partis secunde fratris Tho. de Aquino ordinis fratrum predicatorum.’

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (lost)
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 172 leaves (ii + 170)
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 150 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.


1–1412; framed catchwords; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form; leaf-numbering, sometimes in red. The first three quires are missing.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 53 lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.


A single English gothic rotunda bookhand influenced by anglicana.


Red and blue flourished initials; blue initials flourished in red, with short extensions in both colours (cf. MS 107); red or blue paraphs; quaestio -numbers in the margins and as running heads in red and blue capitals.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on nine bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i-ii, 169–70 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same book as in MS 68.


Origin: S. XIII-XIV ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Professionally made in Oxford. Perhaps UO47. 117, given by Thomas Staundon, ‘in libraria’, but in fact there is no evidence for the presence of the book at the College before 1600.

Inside the front cover is a title and ‘N. 6. 7. Art:’, s. xvii (both repeated on fol. iiv), the second canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 7 (LXXIII)’, in red; the College bookplate. At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘4’, s. xvii in. ‘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, p. 44; Powicke, no. 216; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2140.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2018-09-01: First online publication

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