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

Merton College MS. 89

Former shelfmark: F. 1

RAYMOND LULL; c. 1470–80


Language(s): Latin

For endleaves see below. Fol. 1 blank.

1. (fols. 2–108v)
RAMON LULL, Disputatio Heremitae et Raymundi
Rubric: Deus qui es summus in omnibus bonis ad tuam laudem et honorem. Incipit disputacio heremite et Raymundi super aliquibus dubiis questionibus sentenciarum Magistri Petri Lombardi.
Incipit: Raymundus Parisius studens statumque mundi huius peruersum considerans
Explicit: sed mea est permanens
Final rubric: De fine huius libri. Finiuit Raymundus uerba sua laudando et benedicendo Deum ... in quorum custodia Raymundus hunc librum commendauit. Iste liber finitus est in ciuitate Parisiensi anno incarnacionis Domini nostri M. CC. XXVIII in octabis assumpcionis domine nostre beate Marie

ed. I. Salzinger, Beati Raymundi Lulli ... Opera (Mainz, 1721–9), IV, pp. 1–119; Glorieux, Théol. 335bv; Stegmüller, Sent. 711, 1; Diaz 1791. Followed on fol. 109–11 by a table of the quaestiones. fol. 111v blank.

2. (fols. 112–61v)
RAMON LULL, Declaratio Raimundi
Rubric: Deus ad tuam honorem incipit declaracio Raymundi per modum dyalogi edita contra aliquorum philosophorum et eorum sequacium oppositiones erroneas dampnatas a uenerabili patre episcopo Parisiensi.
Incipit: In quadam silua iuxta Parisius stabat Raymundus tristis et desolatus
Explicit: et attingeret intelligibilem remotum
(ends impef.)

catchwords quod non est

Ed. P. O. Keicher, BGPTM 7 (1909), pp. 95–221; Glorieux, Théol. 335bu; Diaz 1790.

3. (fols. 162–82; 182v-3v blank)
Incipit: Quoniam intellectus multiplicat species attrahendo similitudines
Explicit: modum artis teneat generalis
Final rubric: Ad honorem Dei finiuit Raymundus librum de lumine in Monte Pessulano mensis Nouembris M. CCC. III incarnacionis Domini nostri Iesu Christi amen. LAUS DEO

unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 335cy; Diaz 1814.

4. (fols. 184–242; 242v-3v blank)
RAMON LULL, De Anima Rationali
Incipit: Quoniam anima racionalis est substancia inuisibilis
Explicit: quo magis sunt inestimabiles amen
Final rubric: Finitus fuit iste liber Rome in ciuitate per magistrum Raymundum anno incarnationis D. n. I. C. millesimo ducentesimo nonagesimo tercio ... LAUS DEO PATRI FILIO SANCTO SPIRITUI INDIVIDUE TRINITATI AMEN

ed. Salzinger, VI, pp. 1–60; Glorieux, Théol. 335bn; Diaz 1782.

5. (fols. 244–66v; 267rv blank)
RAMON LULL, Disputatio Fidei et Intellectus
Rubric: Dyalogum magistri Raymundi theologi
Incipit: Theologorum studia ianuam sciencie sibi cupientium aperiri debent meditacione
Explicit: sed gracia disputacionis illa dixit
Final rubric: Explicit

ed. Salzinger, IV, pp. 1–26; Glorieux, Théol. 335cx; Diaz 1813.

6. (fols. 268–307v; 308rv blank)
RAMON LULL, De Ascensu et Descensu Intellectus

Beg impf. in 3. 9. 1

Incipit: ||intelligendo alioquin uoluntas scientiam generaret sine intellectu
Explicit: et uniunt aliam personam per amorem||

Ends unfinished at 9. 7. 2

CCSL cont. med. 35 (1981), pp. 58 line 490–151 line 467; Glorieux, Théol. 335dk; Diaz 1827, not this copy.

The table of contents notes of this art. ‘Item in fine continentur sex quaterni de quodam tractatu eiusdem de naturis rerum. Sed desunt illic multi quaterni a principio eiusdem operis quod nusquam potuimus reperire.’ There are only five quires now.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 3) sed credere
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 311 leaves (i + 310)
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (written): 195 × 130 mm.


two singletons at each end, 1–228, 236, 24–98, 30–16, 32–88, 386, 3910(lacks 3–9; 10 mutil.); catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form. At the foot of fol. 268 (beginning of quire 35) the hand of the quire-signatures (which is perhaps that of the table of contents) has written ‘Hic desunt multi quaterni’.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 33 lines.


The humanistic bookhand of John Pacy, who also wrote CCCC 158, and wrote and signed Cambridge, Pembroke Coll. MS 235 in 1464.


Initials in colours and gold: on fol. 2 initial and 3-sided border; on fols. 112, 162, 184, 244, initial and 2-sided border; on fols. 34, 75, 95, 108, 113 (2), 114rv coloured initials and sprays. Otherwise blue initials flourished in red.


Contemporary; thin, slightly chamfered oak boards with slightly projecting squares, bared and rebacked with modern vellum, sewn on five bands; on the rear board is nailed the usual label under horn with Fitzjames’ arms and ex dono. At one stage a much larger one appears to have been nailed to the front board, extending over the spine covering.


Origin: c. 1470–80 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. 1v, in the usual untidy secretary hand, a long table of contents followed by ‘Ex dono domini Ricardi Fitz James nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius collegii’. For Fitzjames, see MS 9; the dolphin from his arms is in the opening initial on fol. 2. ‘9’ (altered from ?’16’) is inked on the foredge.

On fol. 1v is ‘N. 7. 9. Art:’, s. xvii, and the College bookplate, together with ‘LXXXIX’.

Merton MS. 89 - endleaf, fol. i


Language(s): Latin

Bracton, De legibus et consuetudinibus angliae

Waste leaf; Rolls Series edn., 5.196

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 245 × 150 mm.


In 2 cols of 57 lines


Neat anglicana, c. 1300


Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.


Origin: c. 1300 ; Script of English appearance

Merton MS. 89 - endleaf, fols. 309–10


Language(s): Latin

A commentary on the Decretals (includes a lemma to 1. 3. 25)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): more than 225 × more than 150 mm.


Two flattened bifolia, bound in sideways. Written in 2 cols of more than 56 lines.


French cursive


Small red and blue-green initials


Origin: c. 1300 ; Script of French appearance.

Additional Information

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, pp. 47–8; Powicke, no. 1187; Duke Humfrey and English Humanism in the Fifteenth Century (Oxford, The Bodleian Library, 1970), no. 89; Alexander & Temple, no. 588.

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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