Merton College MS. 84
Former shelfmark: B. 1. 9
ARNOLD OF LIÈGE, GREGORY; S. XIV1
f. iii-iv blank. On f. ivv are three notes of contents, s. xv: ‘Lincoln’ de occulo morali’; ‘Dialogus Gregorii [in fine libri added] / Liber de ammonicione beati Ieronimi presbiteri. Et statim post sequitur expositio ewangelii Ductus est Ihesus in deserto a spiritu. / Alphabetum narracionum cum tabula in fine super eodem’, all lined through; ‘Contenta huius libri per ordinem contentorum / Lincoln’ de oculo morali / Tractatus de ammonicione beati Ieronimi presbiteri. Et statim post sequitur expositio ewangelii ductus est Ihesus in deserto a spiritu. / Item alphabetum narrationum cum tabula in fine super eodem. / Item liber dialogorum Gregorii’. Against the first three items a hand of s. xvi notes ‘defossatae’, of s. xvii ‘Desiderant’. But they were probably still in place in 1600, since they were listed (following this table) as James no. 158.
Probably the same decorator throughout. On ff. 1 and 79 are red and blue initials with 1-sided borders in the colours; plain red or blue initials and paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii, 146-7 are paper leaves from this binding, the outermost from a copy of John Sanford, Grammar, or Introduction to the Italian Tongue (Oxford, 1605). An earlier binding had a strap from the front to a pin in the middle of the back board, and a brass chain-staple from the foredge of the front board near the foot. The outermost parchment leaves were formerly pastedowns.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. 143 a long scrape-mark may be the erasure of an inscription. At the College in 1375 or soon after. On f. iv ‘Liber Willelmi Duraunt legatus domui scolarium de Mertone in Oxon’ et liberatus eidem domui per Iohannem Wendouere executorem eiusdem Willelmi Duraunt; orate pro utroque.’ Duraunt (BRUO 612) was fellow in 1336, warden from 1351 until his death in 1375. Wendover (BRUO 2014) was fellow in 1371, no longer in 1387. On f. 144v are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘158’, s. xvii in.
Merton College MS. 84 - Part I
Followed on ff. 77-8 by an alphabetical index of words in 5 cols, ending ‘Finis huic uenit et ecce nunc uenit huius alphabeti finis, Illi gratias qui est a et o, principium et finis. Quem qui hunc librum lecturi sunt orare deuote dignentur ut horum compilator, cuius nomen in prologo continetur, eorum orationibus aductus finem legatum consequi mereatur qui … . Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo amen.’ unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 61b; Kaeppeli 335; Bloomfield 0448. Across the 4 outermost cols on f. 78 is a note on the qualities of the eye, s. xv ex. f. 78v blank.
Written space 215 × 150 mm. , frame-ruled with crayon, written in c. 48 long lines.
Written in a debased bookhand using anglicana forms.
Merton College MS. 84 - Part II
CPL 1713; SChr 251, 260, 265 (1978-80).
On f. 141v two distichs, s. xvi; on 142 pen-trials; 142v-3v blank.
Written space 220 × 140 mm. , ruled with pencil (from f. 110v the frame only) in 40 long lines.
Written in proficient anglicana.