Merton College MS. 73
Former shelfmark: I. 2. 7
THOMAS AQUINAS; S. XIII-XIV
STO 6-8; Glorieux, Théol. 14ax. On ff. 164v-8 is an index of tituli to the quaestiones and articuli, ending ‘Expliciunt capitula prime partis secunde fratris Tho. de Aquino ordinis fratrum predicatorum.’ f. 168v blank.
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. ff. i-ii, 169-70 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same book as in MS 68.
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 f. iiv), the second canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 7 (LXXIII)’, in red; the College bookplate. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘4’, s. xvii in. ‘7’ is inked on the foredge.