Merton College MS. 101
Former shelfmark: I. 3. 6
SIMON BORASTON ; S. XV in.
fols. iv-iiiv blank; f. i is filled with largely obliterated text, probably waste from the main book, upside down.
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.
Repeated as far as ‘luxuria’ on f. 217rv. Fols. 215-16 blank.
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. f. i was formerly a pastedown. At the foot is the mark of a brass chain-staple.
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.
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