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

Merton College MS. 75

Former shelfmark: I. 1. 4

THOMAS AQUINAS; c. 1300

Contents

Language(s): Latin

ff. 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

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.

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.

Collation

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

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines. Running heads on a line ruled right across the page.

Hand(s)

A single English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type, at first writing rather formally. The scribe corrects his work in the margins.

Decoration

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.

Binding

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.

History

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 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.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.

Bibliography

    Coxe, p. 44; Powicke, no. 218; Alexander & Temple, no. 713; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2136.