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Merton College MS. 101

Former shelfmark: I. 3. 6

SIMON BORASTON ; S. XV in.

Contents

Language(s): Latin

fols. iv-iiiv blank; f. i is filled with largely obliterated text, probably waste from the main book, upside down.

(fols. 1-212v; 116v, 213, 215-16 blank)
SIMON BORASTON OP, Distinctiones Theologiae
Incipit: Abicere. Secundum auctorem de natura rerum columba propter calorem quem habet
Explicit: Zelus iusticie remissio pietas wlt uideri. Laus tibi sit Christe quoniam liber explicit iste.

At the head of f. 1 is ‘Distinctiones Boraston’, s. xvii. Chapter-numbers are given near the top outer corner of each recto.

unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7641; Kaeppeli 3589; Bloomfield 0074; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 609-10.

(fols. 213v-14v)
Alphabetical index of key words

Repeated as far as ‘luxuria’ on f. 217rv. Fols. 215-16 blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: detegerentur
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 220 leaves (iii + 217)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200-10 × 130 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.

Collation

A4(lacks 4), 1-88, 910, 10-138, 1410, 15-268, B4, a singleton. The first nine quires are numbered at the beginning; throughout is quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 41 lines

Hand(s)

A proficient, doubtless professional, cursive of Continental appearance.

Decoration

Each alphabetical section opens with a blue initial flourished in red; otherwise red initials flourished in blue-black.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. i was formerly a pastedown. At the foot is the mark of a brass chain-staple.

History

Origin: S. XV in

Provenance and Acquisition

To f. iiivis pasted a rectangular parchment slip with holes from brass pins, obviously formerly a cover label under horn, with ‘Distincciones Boraston. Ex dono Magistri Iohannis Wode quondam archidiaconi midd’’, in textura. At the foot of f. 2, in the same hand, is ‘Ex dono M. Iohannis Woode in theologia baccalarii quondam consocii collegii de Merton in Oxonia’. For Wode see MS 55. On f. 216v ‘Precium huius libri xxvi. s. viii. d.’ Beneath is ‘Liber M. Iohannis [er.]’. At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘190’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 6, 4’ (canc.) and a title, s. xvii, and ‘N. 8. 6. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘I. 3. 6. (CI)’ 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.

Availability

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

Bibliography

    Coxe, p. 50; Powicke, no. 977.