Merton College MS. 79
Former shelfmark: N. 2. 7
THOMAS AQUINAS; S. XIV
On f. iii are titles of ss. xvi and xvii.
STO 13-15; Stegmüller, Sent. 848; Glorieux, Théol. 14y. Capitula before each book.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 52 lines.
One English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type. A very little early annotation, and nota -marks in the form of pointing hands and profile heads.
Red and blue flourished initials with partial borders; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs. The capitula have small red or blue initials. Red underlining and line-fillers.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii, 178-9 are paper binding leaves, ff. iii and 178 from the same book as in MS 78. On ff. iii and 177 are the marks of two straps and clasps. On f. 177 are marks from an iron chain-staple, probably the usual large one.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in England. At the foot of f. 177v is pencilled ‘de fide catholica contra gentiles. prec’ xv s.’, s. xiv or xv. The chain-staple suggests that the book had reached the College by s. xv ex. At the head of f. 1, partly cropped, is the James no. ‘14’ (also in MS 78), s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper, with titles and ‘D. 4, 11.’ (canc.), s. xvii; (on the board itself) ‘N. 6. 13. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 2. 7 (LXXIX)’, in red; the College bookplate. ‘13’ is inked on the foredge.