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

Merton College MS. 75

Former shelfmark: I. 1. 4



Language(s): Latin

fols. i-iiv blank.

(fols. 1–174v)
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Tertia Pars
Incipit: Quia Saluator noster Dominus Ihesus Christus teste angelo populum suum
Explicit: non distinguitur premia moralium et uenialium

STO 11–12. 338; Glorieux, Théol. 14ax. Sporadic annotation, in ink and pencil, in early anglicana hands.

(fols. 174v-77v)
An index of tituli of the quaestiones and articuli
Explicit: Expliciunt capitula tercie partis fratris Thome de Aquino ordinis fratrum predicatorum.

fol. 178rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: infirmitas animarum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 181 leaves (ii + 178, incl. 150A)
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 165 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed affecting running heads and marginalia, and spattered with red.


a bifolium, 1–1412, 1510, a singleton; catchwords; pencilled leaf-numbering. At the foot of fol. 108v, partly cropped, is pencilled ‘.9. tercie summe T. / satis [?]’.


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 fol. 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 fol. i, the pastedown in an earlier binding, is a small mark, perhaps of an iron chain-staple, at the foot near the foredge. On fol. 177v are the marks from the large iron chain-staple. These marks do not appear on fol. 178, which was probably inserted s. xvii.


Origin: c. 1300 ; England, Oxford

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 fol. 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.

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. 218; Alexander & Temple, no. 713; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2136.

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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