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Merton College MS. 100

Former shelfmark: I. 3. 5



Language(s): Latin, with a little Middle English annotation

fols. fol. i-viv blank.

(fols. 1–200v)
WILLIAM OCKHAM, Commentary on the Sentences (Ordinatio)
Incipit: Circa prologum quero primo utrum sit possibile intellectum uiatoris habere notitiam euidentem de ueritatibus theologie
Explicit: Responsionem quere. Ad argumenta principalia patet ex dictis.
Final rubric: Explicit iste liber. Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo | Ex dictu Christi doctori sit benedictio nostri | Si nobis bina, tribuens constat bona uina.

Bk. 1 ends at the foot of fol. 112v, a new and much inferior hand having taken over from fol. 112 (but the decoration remains the same).

On fol. 113rv is a rough table of quaestiones in the same or a similar hand.

Marginal annotation in hands of s. xiv and xv, including interesting nota-marks in pencil, partly in English: lo boy, lo magister, sta boy, argumentum boy, lo here, stude, stude boy, contra Thomam, warre, lo frater.

WOT 1–7; Stegmüller, Sent. 294.

Language(s): Latin and little Middle English
(fols. 201–3v blank)

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: intellectiua sufficere
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 209 leaves (vi + 203)
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245 × 180 mm.
The edges retrimmed and stained yellow. Early foliation in arabic numerals.


A8(lacks 7–8), 1–912, 106(lacks 6), 1112, 128, 1312, 148, 15–1812, B4(lacks 3–4, 2 mutil.); catchwords, sometimes in fish-shaped frames; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 65 lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.


Proficient French gothic rotunda bookhands.


On fols. 1, 114, 146, 181 (opening books), large blue and gold initials flourished and with full borders in red and blue; red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked and repaired; sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i and 201 were formerly pastedowns, with marks of straps at the foredge, head and tail.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made in Paris.

Erased inscriptions on fols. iv (caucio with several supplements), iiv, 200v (cautio in the St John chest, dated 1449, including the name ?‘Wainflete’), 201 (‘Iste liber est ad usum fratris de ?Bello communis de conuentu | Et est magister Ocham incipiens de super 4. sentenciarum precii vii. marcharum’).

On fol. 203v is a cautio of 1466 in the Chichele chest, the name erased, with a supplement ‘doctorem subtilem 2ºfº proprium’.

At the head of fol. 1 is ‘Ockam prec’ xl. s’, s. xv, erased.

It is not known when the book came to the College prior to s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 7, 9’ (canc.) and contents, s. xvii, ‘I. 3. 5 (C)’ in red, and 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. 50; Powicke, no. 512; WOT 1. 13*, 21*.

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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