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Merton College MS. 109

Former shelfmark: L. 2. 3



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iiiv-ivv blank. At the foot of fol. iii are faint early pencil-notes, upside down.

(fols. 1–342v)
Incipit: Fides est substantia rerum supernarum
Explicit: Quarto capitulo querit of auxerreur de igne purgatorio utrum purget animas et quibus ministris. Videtur
(ends impf. in IV tr. xviii. c. 4. q. 1 art. 4)

On fol. 1, s. xv, ‘Summa magistri Willelmi Altissiod’’, ‘Quere tabulam huius summe in fine libri secundi huius summe’ and ‘Quere tabulam huius summe in principio libri tercii eiusdem summe’.

Ed. J. Ribaillier (6 vols, Grottaferrata, 1980–86); Glorieux, Théol. 129b, not this copy.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ergo hoc
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 350 leaves (iv + 346)
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 160 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, affecting running heads, and spattered with red.


A bifolium at each end, 1–712, 88, 912, 108, 11–2212, 2310, 2412, 258, 26–912, 308; leaf-lettering. A quire is missing after 30.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 50 lines.

Fols. 93–112: ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 62 lines.


A French gothic rotunda bookhand, except for fols. 93–112 (end of bks. 2, and 4- and 3-col. tabula to the whole work), in a much smaller bookhand.


Red and blue flourished initials; blue or red initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; running heads in capitals of the colours.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; resewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 345–6 are modern paper blanks. On the early parchment leaves are marks of the large iron chain-staple at the head. However, these leaves are now upside down and must formerly have been at the back, where this staple was normally sited.


Origin: S. XIII ex. ; France

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in France, in England by s. xv; at the College before the Reformation.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘145’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 5, 10’ (canc.) and contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 1. 3. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 2. 3 (CIX)’ in red; the College bookplate.

Merton College MS. 109 - endleaves (fols. 343–4)


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 343–4)
Dictionary (fragment, covering parts of letters d and e)

From another, somewhat larger book.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 305 × 190 mm.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 70 lines.


Written in a debased gothic rotunda bookhand with anglicana forms.


Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.


Origin: c. 1300 ; Script of English appearance

Additional Information

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. 52; Powicke, no. 1224.

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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