A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 74

Former shelfmark: K. 2. 4



Language(s): Latin

ff. i-ii blank.

(fols. 1-223)
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Secunda Secundae Partis
Incipit: Post communem consideracionem de uirtutibus et uiciis
Explicit: et sempiternam requiem animarum ad quam nos perducat ...
Final rubric: Explicit secunda pars secunde edita a fratre Thoma de Aquino

On ff. 223-7v is an index of quaestiones , ending ‘Explicit ordo et signacio questionum secunde partis secunde fratris Thome de Aquino.’ STO 9-10; Glorieux, Théol. 14ax.

ff. 228v-9v blank. f. 229 was the rear pastedown in an earlier binding. It has lost parchment from the foot; at the foot of f. 228v is a mark perhaps of an iron chain-staple.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: possunt uno modo
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 231 leaves (ii + 229)
Dimensions (leaf): 345 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 155 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


a bifolium, 110, 2-1812, 1912(+ 1 after 12), a bifolium; framed catchwords; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 60 lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.


An English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On f. iiv are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. The front bifolium was therefore originally presumably at the rear.


Origin: S. XIV1 ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Made professionally at Oxford, at the College by c. 1370: UO47. 117, ‘in libraria’. On a parchment slip pasted to f. 1 is ‘Liber domus scolarium aule de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato M. Thome de Staundon’ quondam socii domus eiusdem’, repeated on f. iivin a hand of s. xvii. Thomas Staundon (BRUO 1757) was fellow in 1352-3, still in 1361. On f. 228 ‘Istum librum de nouo ligari fecit M. Ioannes Burbach’ sacre theologie professor’. For John Burbage, see MS 3. At the head of f. 228v, faded and rubbed, is a rough inscription, s. xvi in., ‘Supra questionibus(?) fratrum predicatorum(?) Aylesbury et aliorum’. It seems hardly likely that this could refer to either of the men of that name who were fellows of Merton s. xiv. A thoroughly-erased cautio on f. 229 is probably dated 1364. Inside the front board is ‘N. 6. 8. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘K. 2. 4 (LXXIV)’, in red, and a sheet of paper with ‘D. 4, 5’ and a title, s. xvii; the College bookplate. On f. i is the James no. ‘4’, at the head of f. 1 ‘5’ (wrongly), s. xvii in. ‘8’ 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.


    Coxe, p. 44; Powicke, no. 217; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2146.