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

Merton College MS. 93

Former shelfmark: I. 1. 1



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iii-vv, 1; 191rv blank.

1. (fols. 2–186v)
ROBERT COWTON, Commentary on I Sent.
Incipit: Sicut dicit beatus Ambrosius super epistolas Pauli in principio rerum
Explicit: recipitur in subiecto secundum dictum modum.

unpr.; Stegmüller, Sent. 732; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 510–11, not this copy.

On fol. 187, in another hand, is a list of quaestiones.

2. (fols. 187v-9v)
Alphabetical subject index to art 1.
Incipit: Absolutum. Vtrum in diuinis sit aliquod suppositum absolutum

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: accionis uel
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 198 leaves (v + 193)
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 140 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed affecting marginalia and spattered with red.


A4, 1–1512, 1612 (lacks 9–10); catchwords; the quires signed in the usual late medieval form, a-?f, then in red a-d.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of c. 55 lines.


A single proficient anglicana hand, using pale ink.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 192–3 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 11. A previous binding had clasps at head, tail and two at the foredge. Fols. i and 191 were pastedowns in an earlier binding. The same or another binding had a small iron chain-staple at the foot of the front board, near the foredge, and, near the foot of the foredge, another of brass. Near the foot of fol. 191 are the marks of the large iron chain-staple.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Part 1 of a set with MS 92. Probably made in Oxford, at first owned by Walter Rammesbury. On fol. 1v are three inscriptions: at the head, thoroughly erased, of which only ‘fratrum’ can be read, the second and third as in MS 92.

On fol. 190v are two cautio notes of Rammesbury and Simon Banbury recording the pledging of this volume in the Reed chest, 25 May 1382. The first includes four supplements with secundo folios [erased], dis sed, les epistolas, and trii. The second includes MS 92 as a supplement. Banbury (BRUO 104) was fellow of Merton in that year and the following, in which he may have died.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘D. 6, 1’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘N. 7. 13. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 1. 12 (XCIII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘13’ 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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