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

Merton College MS. 101

Former shelfmark: I. 3. 6



Language(s): Latin

fols. iv-iiiv blank; fol. 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 fol. 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 fol. 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.


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.


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


A proficient, doubtless professional, cursive of Continental appearance.


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


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


Origin: S. XV in

Provenance and Acquisition

To fol. 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 fol. 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 fol. 216v ‘Precium huius libri xxvi. s. viii. d.’ Beneath is ‘Liber M. Iohannis [er.]’.

At the head of fol. 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.


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


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

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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