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Merton College MS. 107

Former shelfmark: L. 2. 1



Language(s): Latin

(fols. ii-iiiv)
Condemnations of 1277 and of Kilwardby
Rubric: articuli quos Stephanus episcopus Parisiensis dampnauit et excommunicauit dogmatizantes defensantes et sustinentes librum de Deo amoris ...

Pr. Denifle & Châtelain, i. 543–58, 558–60. The ‘Liber de Deo amoris’ was by Martin Andreas.

Written in an anglicana hand little later than the main text. The first six lines of fol. ii col. a, preceding the title, are thoroughly erased.

fols. iv-v blank.

(fols. 1–352; 352v blank)
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uerebantur in nostra generali disputacione q(uodlibetali) xlii. questiones quedam circa pertinencia ad primum principium
Explicit: ad Dominum Deum nostrum ut miseratur nostri.

Ed. H. Macken, R. Wielockx et al., Henrici de Gandavo Opera Omnia, 5- (Leiden, 1979-); Glorieux, Théol. 192h15, Quodl. 1. 177–99.

(fols. 353–5)
Explicit: Expliciunt questiones omnium quodlibet(alium) magistri Henrici de Gandauo et sunt in uniuerso 427 questiones.

Added in anglicana hands, the first ending on fol. 354; the second is the beginning only of an alphabetical subject index, Absoluere—Corpus.

Fols. 355v-7 blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: si putribile
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 363 leaves (v + 358)
Dimensions (leaf): 390 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): 320 × 190 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, damaging running heads and marginalia, and spattered with red.


A4, 1–2912, 304, B6(4 canc.); framed catchwords; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 66 lines.


An English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type. Marginal annotation in anglicana hands little later than the main text.


On fol. 1 is an unfilled space for a painted opening initial; red and blue flourished initials; blue initials flourished in red, with a short extension in both colours; red or blue paraphs, running heads in red and blue capitals.


s. xix, doubtless replacing one of s. xvii; sewn on eight bands. Fols. i and 358 are blank paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIV in ; England, Oxford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Professionally made, probably at Oxford.

On fol. 3v ‘[ Hugonis Stantone’, s. xiv. Hugh Staunton (BRUO 1768) was fellow in 1324–5, still in 1346.

On fol. 353v the stationer’s mark of John Godsond (1438–56) and the valuations ‘lx s.’ (canc.), ‘v marcas’ (canc.), with ‘C. cum supplementum 2o antiqua’, and ‘lvi s.’;

Over erasure, ‘Caucio Magistri Gilberti Kymer cancellarii et Thome Balsall’ exposita in cista de Celtone v. die Aprilis anno Domini MCCCCLII et iacet pro lx s. et habet supplementum 2º fº antiqua’;

‘Caucio M. Gylberti Kymer cancellarii et Thome Balsall’ exposita in cista de Celton x. die Maii (altered toxvi Decembris) anno Domini 1455 (55over erasure) et habet supplementum 2o antiqua et ia’ pro lviii s. lvi s. liiii s. lii s. (lviii, lvi, liiii canc.)’.

Canc., ‘Caucio Kymer et T. Balsall ^et T Ster’^ exposita in cista de Celton 17 (on erasure) die Decembris anno Domini MCCCCLVII (altered from ?LVI) et habet supplementum 2º fº antiqua et ia. pro xlviii s. (altered from ?l s.)’;

‘Caucio Thome Balsall et Thome Ster’ exposita in cista de Celton xi. die Decembris MCCCCLVIII et habet supplementum 2o Antiqua et ia’ pro xlvi s.’

Gilbert Kymer (BRUO 1068–9) was chancellor 1431–34, Thomas Balsall (BRUO 100) was fellow c. 1448–1458; Thomas Sterr (BRUO 1773–4) was fellow c. 1462 until at least 1476–7, d. by Feb. 1497.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 7, 5’ (canc.) and two tables of contents, s. xvii, ‘O. 1. 1. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 2. 1 (CVII)’, 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. 51; Powicke, no. 225; Macken, no. 124.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-28: First online publication

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