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Merton College MS. 94

Former shelfmark: I. 2. 6



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

fol. 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).


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.


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


A neat anglicana hand fols. 9–368v, though deteriorating markedly from fol. 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 fol. 368v.


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


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 fol. 415 are the marks of the large brass chain-staple.


Origin: S. XV in ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England.

At the head of fol. 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 fol. 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 fol. 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)


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 fols. 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.


ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 58 lines


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


Unfilled spaces for coloured rubrics and initials.


Origin: c. 1400 ; Script of Englishappearance

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. 48–9; Powicke, no. 957.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-10: First online publication

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