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

Merton College MS. 81

Former shelfmark: I. 2. 1



Language(s): Latin

fol. i is blank. On the verso is a table of contents, s. xvi.

1. (fols. 1–66v)
Gregory, Homiliae in Ezechielem
Incipit: ⟨D⟩ilectissimo fratri Mariano
Incipit: ⟨D⟩ei omnipotentis aspiracione de Ezechiele propheta locuturus
Explicit: gloria omnipotenti Domino nostro Iesu Christo qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit liber secundus omeliarum beati Gregorii pape urbis Rome super extremam partem Ezechielis prophete

CPL 1710; CCSL 142 (1971).

2. (fols. 67–141v)
Augustine, Sermones de Verbis Domini et Apostoli
Rubric: Sermo sancti Augustini de uerbis Domini Penitencia agite
Incipit: ⟨E⟩uangelium audiuimus et in eo
Incipit: ⟨A⟩postolorum cum legeretur audistis
Explicit: ego erogem ueniet qui exigat

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 Stegmüller, Bibl. 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.

fol. 142rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quia cum unus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 143 leaves (i + 142)
Dimensions (leaf): 360 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 280 × 180 mm.
The edges retrimmed and stained yellow. fol. i is of thick, stiff parchment.


a singleton, 1–512, 68(7–8 canc.), 7–1212, 134; catchwords.


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. fol. 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 fol. 142v may be from the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV in.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. 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 fol. ivis ‘N. 7. 1. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 1 (LXXXI)’ in red; the College bookplate.

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. 254; Römer 2. 307.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2018-09-01: First online publication

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