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Merton College MS. 90

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 6



Language(s): Latin

(fols. i-ii, 1) blank. On fol. 1v is a table of contents and a list of the tituli to art. 1, in two different hands, s. xv ex.
1. (fols. 2–130v)
Rubric: Quodlibet doctoris subtilis
Incipit: Cuncte res difficiles ait Salomon. Eccles. primo et cur intelligat eas esse difficiles subdit
Explicit: et sic patet ad raciones
Final rubric: Explicit &c. Explicit quodlibetum D. S.

DSO (Wadding), 12. 1–544; Glorieux, Théol. 344s.

2. (fols. 131–46v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, De Primo Principio
Rubric: Doctor subtilis de primo principio
Incipit: Primum uerum principium mihi ea credere sapere
Explicit: ergo hoc non est ergo neuter est opt’ exª
Final rubric: Explicit primus tractatus I. Scoti de primo principio

Ed. A. B. Wolter (Chicago, ILL, 1983), pp. 3–151, here with a short addition to the printed text ‘Opt’ contingentis uult omne alio a se saltem causale ...’. Glorieux, Théol. 344h.

3. (fols. 147–54v)
Ps.-JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, De Cognitione Dei
Rubric: Doctor subtilis de cognicione Dei
Incipit: Quia supprema cognicio nobis potentiali natura de Deo habetur
Explicit: sunt ueritates scibiles nisi tamen funte[sic]

This does not seem to be the same text of which a fragment is pr. DSO (Wadding), 3. 431–40; Glorieux, Théol, 344ad. Tanner, pp. 238–9 n. a, reports this copy, but gives the incipit ‘Quia summa nobis cognitio est’, as Bale, Scriptores i. 363. Another copy with the present incipit is in Assisi, Bibl. comm. 172, fols. 117v-20v.

4. (fols. 155–99v)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, Collationes Parisienses
Rubric: Collaciones Parisienses secundum doctorem subtilem
Incipit: Vtrum sit tamen una prudencia directum respectu omnium agibilium ita quod ad dirigendum omnis actus morales in suos fines sufficiat una prudencia
Explicit: alia in Filio et sic de Spiritus Sancto igitur &c

DSO (Wadding), 3. 345–430; Glorieux, Théol. 344u1. 19 quaestiones, 1–17 corresponding to Wadding 1, 8, 6–7, 2–4, 17–18, 9–11, 20, 36–9; then follow two pr. from this and MS 65 by Harris, Duns Scotus, II, pp. 361–70. The text varies much from the printed version.

5. (fols. 200–16; 216v-18v blank)
JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, Collationes Oxonienses
Rubric: Collationes Oxonienses secundum doctorem subtilem et sunt collationes 3, 5, 25
Incipit: Vtrum cum simplicitate persone diuine posset scire pluralitas racionum realium in eadem ante omne actum intellectus. Probo quod non quia pluralitas rationum intellectualium substancie
Explicit: non est ratio cognoscendi||
(ends unfinished in 32. 1; edn., p. 411)

DSO (Wadding), 3. 345–430; Glorieux, Théol. 344u2. Divided into eightquaestiones. 1–3, 5–8 are Wadding 23, 26, 19, 30, 34, 12, 32; cf. MS 65 art. 2. No. 4 is ‘Vtrum g’tus entis sit simpliciter unicus Deo et creaturis’.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: diuinam sed
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 221 leaves (ii + 218, incl. 130a)
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145–55 × 95–100 mm.


A singleton, hooked around the first quire, A4(2–3 canc.), 112(6 canc.), 212(2 canc.), 3–512, 6–178, 1812, 19–228, 238(+ 1 before 1), 248, 258(lacking 2–8, a bifolium, formerly following this quire, inserted after 1); catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon, written in 35–8 long lines.


Small, neat secretary hands. Marginal annotation throughout in several contemporary hands; one of them may be that of the second table of contents, which is perhaps the hand of Thomas Gawge.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; chained from the usual position.


Origin: S. XV

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. 1v ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia ex dono M. Thome Gaugge quondam socii eiusdem domus ad incathenandum in libraria ibidem.’ For Gawge, fellowc. 1441–8, d. 1470, see MS 43.

Inside the front board is a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘N. 7. 10 Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced by ‘H. 1. 6’, in red, and the College bookplate. ‘10’ 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. 48; Powicke, no. 976.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-01: First online publication

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