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

Merton College MS. 80

Former shelfmark: G. 3. 6



Language(s): Latin

fols. i-iii blank. On fol. iiiv ‘Doctor super Iohannem’, c. 1500.

(fols. 1–169)
Alexander de Alessandria OFM, Super Iohannem
Incipit: Hic est Iohannes apostolus ...; Huic autem euangelio Ieronimus prologum premittit
Incipit: In principio ...; Hoc euangelium diuiditur in 4. partes quia[sic] primo inducitur persona mediatoris
Explicit: sed capacitate legencium comprehendi fortasse non possent. Explicit.

unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 1111; Glorieux, Théol. 340h. Capitula on fols. 169–70v; f. 171rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -ris dispocicio
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 174 leaves (iii + 171)
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 260 × 175 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.


A4(4 canc.), 1–218, 224(3–4 canc.), a singleton; framed catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form, mostly cropped.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 51 lines.


Two French scribes, writing bastarda, the second beginning at quire 12.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs. Red paraphs accompany the running heads.


Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked and repaired by Maltby in 1953, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position on the rear board. fols. i and 171 were formerly pastedowns; on fol. 171, near the foot, is the mark of the large brass chain-staple; also the marks of two strap-pins.


Origin: S. XV

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. iiiv‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ ex dono Magistri Henrici Seuer sacre pagine professoris ac custodis eiusdem incathenatus ad communem usum sociorum in libraria studere uolencium anno Domini MCCCCLXVI.’ For Sever, warden 1455–71, see MS 6.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with titles, s. xvii, ‘G. 3. 6 (LXXX)’ in red, and the College bookplate. ‘14’ 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. 45; Powicke, no. 946; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2131.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2018-08-01: First online publication

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