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

Merton College MS. 92

Former shelfmark: B. 1. 12



Language(s): Latin

fols. i, 1, 237–8v blank.

(fols. 2–236)
ROBERT COWTON, Commentary on II-IV Sent.
Incipit: Circa distinctionem primam secundi libri questione primo
Explicit: in futuro experimentaliter discere faciat, Qui ...

unpr.; Stegmüller, Sent. 732; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 510–11, not this copy. A list of quaestiones to bk. 2 occurs on fols. 124v-5; on 125v is a long passage which is apparently an alternative text for q. 3, in a different hand and with red paraphs. fols. 198–9v blank, presumably intended for a list of the quaestiones in bk. 3. On fol. 236rv is a list of the quaestiones in bk. 4.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 3) dicunt igitur
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 239 leaves (i + 238)
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 185 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 130 mm.
The edges retrimmed affecting marginalia and stained yellow.


A4(1, 3 canc.), 1–1012, 114, 12–1712, a bifolium, 18–2012, 216(lacks 2, 3, 6, and the outer half of 4); catchwords and leaf-numbering. The last quire is numbered XXII at the beginning.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 55–60 lines.


A single proficient anglicana hand, using pale ink. Marginal corrections and notes of s. xiv and xv, especially in bk. 3.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs. At the foot of fol. 235v is a pencilled calculation apparently of the number of initials.


s. xix ex.; bare, chamfered oak boards with projecting squares, backed with vellum; sewn on seven bands. An earlier binding had two straps. Near the foot of fol. 238v is the mark of the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV in ; England, Oxford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Part 2 of a set with MS 93. Probably made at Oxford, at first owned by Walter Rammesbury. On fol. iv is ‘primum supplementum’, s. xiv. On fol. 1v: an erased single-line inscription at the head: ‘Liber magistri conuentus fratrum ’; in a formal hand of s. xv ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton in Oxon’ ex dono M. Walteri Ramesbury inceptor in theologia precentorque in ecclesia Herfordensis ac quondam prefate domus consocii’; in the same hand ‘Scriptum inceptoris Coutone super secundum tertium et 4um sententiarum.’ For Walter Rammesbury, fellow in 1360, until at least 1381, d. by Nov. 1406, see MS 4.

Below is ‘I. 1. 1 (XCII)’ in red. ‘12’ 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. 600.

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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