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Merton College MS. 94

Former shelfmark: I. 2. 6

ETIENNE DE BOURBON; S. XV in.

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 9-408v)
ETIENNE DE BOURBON, Tractatus de Diuersis Materiis Praedicabilibus
Rubric: Incipit tractatus de diuersis materiis predicabilibus
Incipit: Quoniam multi multipliciter subtiliter et utiliter
Incipit: Quoniam autem inicium sapiencie est timor Domini
Explicit: hiis ergo causis mundus est contempnendus et fugiendus.

pr. A. Lecoy de la Marche, Anecdotes historiques, Légendes et Apologues tirées du recueil d'Etienne de Bourbon (Paris, 1877), pp. 1-449; Bloomfield 4973; Kaeppeli 3633. Also in Worcester Cath. Q. 85. In Munich, Bayerisches Staatsbibl. Clm 28199 and Oxford, Oriel Coll. 68, the work is attrib. to 'R.' or 'Raymundus' OP.

2. (fols. 408v-10)

Index of tituli and capitula to part 4 of art. 1

Explicit: Quod merui detur michi nunc quia finis habetur

f. 410v blank

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et nos et ipsum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 417 leaves (i + 416)
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 160 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.
Foliation: Contemporary foliation in arabic numerals runs 1-402 (mod. 9-410).

Collation

A8 / 1-3012, 3110, 324, 3310, 3412, 358(7-8 canc.) / B4, a singleton; framed catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form, beginning afresh at 31.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in 50-60 lines.

Hand(s)

A neat anglicana hand fols. 9-368v, though deteriorating markedly from f. 280v. A variable hand, writing a mixture of secretary and anglicana, fols. 369-410, apparently slightly later than the other. His text makes a not quite complete fit with f. 368v.

Decoration

On f. 9 a 5-line red and blue initial and 3-sided border; blue initials flourished with red; red or blue paraphs.

Binding

s. xix, sewn on seven bands, doubtless replacing one of s. xvii. Fols. i and 416 are blank paper binding leaves. Near the foot of f. 415 are the marks of the large brass chain-staple.

History

Origin: S. XV in ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England. At the head of f. 8v are ‘B li. 18.us’ in the usual hand (see MS 69), ‘Contenta. Raymundus de 7em donis s. s. et eorum effectibus’, in a later hand ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone ex dono M. Henrici Seuer sacre pagine professoris ac custodis eiusdem incathenatus in libraria ad communem usum ibidem studere uolencium Anno Domini M. CCCC lxviii.’ For Henry Sever see MS 6. At the head of f. 9 are ‘B li. 18.us’ again, in the same hand, ‘55’ framed, and ‘Raymundus’. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘N. 7. 14. Art’ (repeated in pencil on f. i), s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 6 (XCIV)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘14’ is inked on the foredge.

Merton College MS. 94 - endleaves (fols. 1-8v, 411-14)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1-8v, 411-14)
RICHARD ROLLE, English Psalter (interpolated version gp. IIb)
Incipit: ⟨G⟩rete habundaunce of gostly comfort
Explicit: do penaunce [catchwords But in pe last]

The opening quire in the order ff. 411-12, 1-8, 413-14; ending in (Ps. 9: 8)

Allen, Richard Rolle, p. 175; IMEP, p. 52; ed. H. R. Bramley, The Psalter translated by Richard Rolle (Oxford, 1884), pp. 5-32.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 255 × 170 mm.

Layout

ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 58 lines

Hand(s)

Written in an expert anglicana hand, the biblical text in slightly larger script.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured rubrics and initials.

History

Origin: c. 1400 ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.

Bibliography

    Coxe, pp. 48-9; Powicke, no. 957.