Merton College MS. 75
Former shelfmark: I. 1. 4
THOMAS AQUINAS; c. 1300
ff. i-iiv blank.
On ff. 174v-7v is an index of tituli of the quaestiones and articuli , ending ‘Expliciunt capitula tercie partis fratris Thome de Aquino ordinis fratrum predicatorum.’ STO 11-12. 338; Glorieux, Théol. 14ax. Sporadic annotation, in ink and pencil, in early anglicana hands.
f. 178rv blank.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines. Running heads on a line ruled right across the page.
A single English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type, at first writing rather formally. The scribe corrects his work in the margins.
On f. 1 is a 7-line initial in colours and gold with stylized foliage, on a squarish ground. Red or blue initials flourished in the other colours; red or blue paraphs. For a while quaestio -numbers are given in red and blue capitals in the margins. Running heads in red.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands. On f. i, the pastedown in an earlier binding, is a small mark, perhaps of an iron chain-staple, at the foot near the foredge. On f. 177v are the marks from the large iron chain-staple. These marks do not appear on f. 178, which was probably inserted s. xvii.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made commercially in Oxford. The chain-staple mark shows that it was at the College by s. xv ex. At the head of f. 1 is ‘Liber Bibl: Coll: Merton’, s. xvii. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents and ‘D. 4. 6’, s. xvii, and ‘N. 6. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 1. 4 (LXXV)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge.