Merton College MS. 76
Former shelfmark: I. 1. 5
THOMAS AQUINAS, WILLIAM DE MARA; c. 1300
On ff. i-iiv is an index in 3 cols of the tituli of quaestiones and articuli in art. 1, in a small anglicana hand, perhaps that of art. 2. f. iii is blank.
On ff. 183rv, 184v, and 185v, are theological notes, mainly pencilled, in the same or a similar hand to the index at the front, and art. 2; ff. 184, 185 blank.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The early leaves have marks of two straps, and of an iron chain-staple in the middle of the foot. On f. 185v, once the pastedown in an earlier binding, is the mark of a brass chain-staple in the same position.
Provenance and Acquisition
Professionally made, probably at Oxford. Said by Alexander & Temple to be French, but all of the annotation is in anglicana hands little later than the main text. At the head of f. iiiv is an erased inscription, ‘Liber iste est [ ... ]’. Below, s. xiv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legat’ magistri Thome de Staundon’ quondam socii domus eiusdem’. For Staundon, still alive and a fellow in 1361, see MS 74. UO47. 115, ‘in libraria’. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘7’, just beneath a title, s. xvii in., mostly cropped. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘D. 2, 4’ (canc.), s. xvii, ‘N. 6. 10. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 1. 5 (LXXVI)’, in red; the College bookplate.
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