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

Merton College MS. 104

Former shelfmark: I. 1. 3



Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–3, 4 blank.

(fols. 5–145v; 146–7v, 148v blank)
WILLIAM OF WARE OP, Commentary on the Sentences
Incipit: Quoniam testante beato Augustino
Incipit: Vtrum finis per se et proprius theologie ut est habitus sanctificatus perficiens uiatorem
Explicit: a qualitatibus tangibilibus.
Final rubric: Expliciunt questiones quarti.

fol. 133 blank (the end of a quire; no text is missing).

Preceded on fol. 4v by an informal index of tituli.

At the head of fol. 5, in a slightly later and informal hand, ‘Ware super sententias.’ See MS 103, art. 1.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ad 3
Secundo Folio: (fol. 6) dicendum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 153 leaves of inferior parchment (ii + 150, incl. 118A)
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 260 × 165 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red. Fols. 1–3 and 146–8 are of thick, stiff parchment.


A4, 1–412, 510, 6–812, a bifolium, 912, 1010, 11–1212, a bifolium, a singleton; catchwords.


Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 55–85 lines.


Low-grade bookhands with anglicana forms, of scholastic type, some using very pale ink: fols. 5–100v, 128v-45v; 101–121v; 122–8.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; running heads in capitals of the colours.


Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked and resewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i-ii, 149–50 are modern paper blanks. fols. 1 and 148 were formerly pastedowns. On fol. 4 are the marks of straps at head and tail; corresponding marks do not appear on fols. 1–3. On fol. 5 are the marks of two foredge straps.


Origin: S. XIV ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Made at Oxford, probably by students.

At the head of fol. 148, in a difficult hand, s. xv, is ‘Lectura s(upe)r sentencias Ware con(uen)tus Oxoniarum .4. (added over the erasure of an earlier name, of which L per can be read) Helgay’. Perhaps William Hilgay (BRUO 934), Augustinian friar at the Oxford convent, ordained in 1452, appointed lector in 1485.

At the head of fol. 3v is ‘Liber collegii ex dono magistri Thome Bloxham’, in the same hand as the inscriptions in MS 102 &c. For him see MS 41.

At the head of fol. 5 is the James no. ‘44’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is ‘N. 8. 9. Art:’, s. xvii, canc., and a sheet of paper with ‘D. 8, 2’ (canc.) and titles, s. xvii, and ‘I. 1. 3 (CIV)’ 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. 51; Powicke, no. 982.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-22: First online publication

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