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

Merton College MS. 99

Former shelfmark: I. 3. 4



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–284)
THOMAS AQUINAS, Commentary on IV Sent.
Incipit: Misit Dominus uerbum suum ...; Ex peccato primi hominis humanum genus duo incurrerat scilicet mortem et infirmitatem
Explicit: ad quem omnia ordinantur cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit quartus sentenciarum secundum fratrem Thomam de Aquino ordinis predicatorum

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

At the foot of fol. 207v is ‘hic deficiunt articuli in isto quaterno’, and the foot of fols. 208v and 209v ‘hic deficiunt plures articuli’, s. xv, signalling the loss of the middle bifolium of the quire. The same or a similar hand annotates sparsely throughout, as do others of ss. xiv and xv.

(fols. 284v-91)
Index of articuli
Final rubric: Expliciunt probleumata supra quartum sentenciarum secundum fratrem Thomam de Aquino ordinis predicatorum Deo gratias.

Fol. 291v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: in alterius
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 293 leaves (i + 292)
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 245 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 185 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, affecting running heads and the border on fol. 1, spattered with red.


1–1712, 1812(lacks 6–7), 19–2412, 258(6–8 canc.); framed catchwords.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 55 lines.


A single professional French gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.


On fol. 1 is a 10-line initial M in pink, blue and gold, on a square patterned ground, enclosing the Crucifixion flanked by a nimbed saint with a book, and a kneeling clerk catching the blood in a lidded bowl; full border with running hounds, rabbit, hare and stag . Large and handsome red and blue initials with 1-sided borders; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; red highlighting and underlining; running heads in capitals of the colours.


s. xix ex., doubtless replacing one of s. xvii: bare chamfered oak boards with projecting squares, backed with vellum; sewn on five bands; fols. i and 292 are blank paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIV 2/4 ; France, Paris (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made in Paris.

It is not known when it entered the College prior to s. xvii. On fol. ivis a sheet of paper with ‘N. 7. 4’ (s. ?xvii), canc. and replaced with ‘I. 3. 4 (CXIX)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘4’ 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. 50; Powicke, no. 510; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2143; Alexander & Temple, no. 730 and pl. XLII.

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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