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Merton College MS. 97

Former shelfmark: I. 3. 2



Language(s): Latin

On fol. iii is a 4-line philosophical note in a tiny anglicana hand. On the verso, in faint pencil, is the draft of an early letter apparently from one friar to another.

(fols. 1–109v)
THOMAS AQUINAS, Commentary on I Sent. (Beg. impf. in d. 8 q. 1 a. 1)
Incipit: ||agendum sed Dyonisius prius agit de bono
Explicit: in nobis per fidem iniciauit, cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit primus liber Thome. Est liber hic scriptus, qui scripsit sit benedictus

The complete work ed. P. Mandonnet & M. F. Moos, 4 vols. [To IV dist. 22] (Paris 1929–47); Stegmüller, Sent. 846; Glorieux, Théol. 14f.

(fols. 109v-11)
Table of questiones

The table is followed by a note in a small neat anglicana hand on arguments of Henry of Ghent ‘circa questionem an possunt esse plures angeli in eodem loco’, and a list of 21 quaestiones in another, with ‘Ad illa que obicit Correc(torium) contra Thomam respondet Sutton in questionibus’.

Fols. 111v-12 blank; 112v is covered with faint early pencil notes.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (missing)
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 117 leaves (iii + 114)
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245 × 160 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, affecting running heads and marginalia, and spattered with red.


A singleton, 1–912, 104; catchwords and pencilled leaf-lettering. The original first two quires are missing.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 51 lines.


A professional English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type. Copious marginal correction and annotation in early bookhands.


Red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; running heads in red and blue capitals.


Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the front board, near the foot of the foredge. On fol. iii are marks of straps at head and tail, and perhaps of two at the foredge. Fols. i-ii, 113–14 are paper binding leaves, fols. i and 114 from the same printed book as in MS 78.


Origin: c. 1300 ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Professionally made at Oxford, at first owned by Rewley Abbey. On fol. iii is an erased early note ‘Scriptum super primum sententiarum de concessum fratri Henr⟨ico de ⟩ Bolingbroke ad usum ’. Next to it is ‘Liber Willelmi Durand’. On fol. iiiv ‘Iste liber est liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex dono M. Willelmi Durant quondam custodis eiusdem domus’, partly repeated in a hand of s. xvii. Bolingbroke (BRUO 214) was a monk at the Cistercian house of Rewley, Oxford, in 1294. For Duraunt, warden of Merton 1351–75, see MS 84.

‘2’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘D. 4, 7’ (canc.), s. xvii, replaced with ‘I. 3. 2 (XCVII)’ in red; the College bookplate.

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. 49; Powicke, no. 500; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2142.

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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