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Merton College MS. 111

Former shelfmark: L. 2. 5



Fols. i-iv blank. On fol. ivv is a title, s. xvii.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Quod eadem nomina
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 256 leaves (iv + 252)
Dimensions (leaf): 370 × 245 mm.
Retrimmed probably at head and tail, certainly at the foredge, affecting marginalia.


A4, 1–812, 98, 10–1912, 2014 / 2112, a bifolium; catchwords, leaf-numbering.


Late medieval; flush, bevelled oak boards now bare, rebacked with pigskin, s. xix; resewn on seven bands; two straps from recesses in the front board to brass catches at the back, the straps now gone. Formerly a brass chain-staple at the foredge of the front board, near the foot. At the back are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. fol. i was formerly a pastedown.


Origin: England, Oxford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England, probably at Oxford.

At the head of fol. ivv‘Liber domus scolarium ex dono Magistri Roberti Wyght incathenatus in libraria anno Domini M. CCCC. lxviij’, possibly over erasure. For Wyght, fellow c. 1420–33, see MS 20.

Below is a very faint 1-line inscription in pencil, perhaps ending with a personal name ?‘Roberti Dorme’.

Also ‘O. 1. 5. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 2. 5 (CXI)’ in red; the College bookplate. At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘24’, s. xvii in.

Merton College MS. 111 – Part I (fols. 1–238)


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1–238)
PETER LOMBARD, Liber Sententiarum
Incipit: Cupiens aliquid de penuria ac tenuitate nostra
Incipit: Veteris ac noue legis continenciam diligenti indagine
Explicit: ad pedes usque uia duce peruenit.
Final rubric: Explicit liber quartus sentenciarum.

ed. I. Brady (3 vols, Grottaferrata, 1971, 1981).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 235 × 140 mm.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 40 lines. Extra vertical lines were provided in the outer margins to assist with glossing.


An excellent English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.

Heavily but neatly glossed, between the lines and in the margins, in small early anglicana hands of scholastic type; one of them resembles the hand of the Worcester monk John of St Germans. fol. 238v filled with faint early pencil notes.


Prologue and books open with exquisite historiated initials in colours and gold, on square grounds and with short extensions: fol. 1 8-line C, enclosing Peter Lombard as seated bishop, expounding his own book to three clerks; fol. 4 6-line V, enclosing the Trinity; fol. 73 7-line Q, enclosing God creating Eve; fol. 129 6-line C enclosing the Nativity; fol. 172v 7-line S enclosing God the Father, the world in one hand, the other raised in blessing, above the Good Samaritan. Blue initials flourished in red, sometimes with short extensions in both colours; in the capitula smaller red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; running heads in flourished capitals of the colours; in the capitula attractive patterned line-fillers in the colours.


Origin: s. xiii ex.

Merton College MS. 111 – Part II (fols. 239–52v)


Language(s): Latin

2. (fols. 239–49; 249v-52v blank)
ROBERT KILWARDBY OP, Tabula de Concordantiis Librorum Sententiarum
Rubric: Concordancie iste a uenerabili et approbatissimo theologo magistro .v. Roberto Kylwardby Cantuariensi archiepiscopo prout edite fuerunt
Incipit: Abraham. Christus in eo fuit decimatus sicut Levi
Explicit: Ypostasis quo proprietates determinant

Followed by a list of the keywords in six cols.

Ed. G. Haverling (München, 1995); Glorieux, Arts 411ad; Stegmüller, Sent. 10, 1; 743; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 562.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 245 × 145 mm.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 55 lines.


A neat small anglicana-secretary.


A blue initial flourished in red; plain blue initials; yellow highlighting.


Origin: s. xv

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. 970; Alexander & Temple, no. 248, pl . XIV.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-29: First online publication

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