Merton College MS. 81
Former shelfmark: I. 2. 1
GREGORY, AUGUSTINE; S. XIV in.
f. i is blank. On the verso is a table of contents, s. xvi.
CPL 1710; CCSL 142 (1971).
Dom. 1-64, Apost. 1-2, 34, 3-24. On the common collection of 99 genuine and supposititious sermons given this title, see C. Lambot in RB 57 (1947), 109, and P. Verbraken in ibid. 77 (1967), 27-46, listing this copy on p. 43. It belongs to the B1 class, common in England, France and Italy. More English copies of this collection are listed in MMBL 2. 267 and n. 1.
f. 142rv blank.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 60 lines.
A proficient formal gothic textura, probably French.
None; unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics. From quire 5 rubrication and red highlighting.
Modern; bare oak boards, backed with vellum; sewn on six bands. f. i was formerly a pastedown; on it are marks of two straps at the foredge, and of a brass (post-medieval) chain-staple near the foot of the foredge. A spot of rust on f. 142v may be from the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. 1 ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ Oxon’ ex legatione M. Iohannis Stauele’, and (later) ‘2’. UO47. 217, ‘in libraria’, valued at 20s. Staveley (BRUO 1770) occ. as fellow in 1323 and 1335, d. soon after 1349. On f. ivis ‘N. 7. 1. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 1 (LXXXI)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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