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Merton College MS. 115

Former shelfmark: L. 2. 8



Language(s): Latin

fols. i-ii blank. On fol. iiv are titles in two hands of s. xvii.

(fols. 1–288; 288v-90v blank)
BONAVENTURE, Commentary on II Sent.
Incipit: Solummodo inueni quod Deus fecerit hominem rectum ...; Sollicite consideranti presentis libri
Explicit: secundum quod series manifestat duorum librorum precedencium cui ...
Final rubric: Explicit liber secundus sentenciarum (in a later hand) Bonauenture completus.

The text is heavily corrected in the margins, and annotated, in an anglicana hand which may be Worplesdon’s (see below).

BO 2; Distelbrink 2; Glorieux, Théol. 305b; Stegmüller, Sent. 111.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ipso ens
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 292 leaves (ii + 290)
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 235 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 160 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, affecting running heads and marginalia, and stained red. Fols. i-ii and 289–90 (probably post-medieval) are of thick, stiff parchment.


A bifolium at each end, 1–2412; catchwords, often trimmed off.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 52 lines.


A proficient gothic rotunda bookhand influenced by anglicana; the same hand as MS 116.


On fol. 1 a red and blue flourished initial with partial border in the colours; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; sewn on five bands; previously chained from the usual position. There are marks of brass chain-staples near the foot of the foredge of fol. ii and near the top of the foredge of fol. 290. fols. i (little more than a stub) and 290 were pastedowns in an earlier binding.


Origin: S. XIII ex. ; Script of English appearance (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Part of a set with MS 116. Given by Richard of Worplesdon (BRUO 2017), fellow in 1277, second warden from 1285, d. by Nov. 1295: UO47. 127.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘D. 5, 4’ (canc.), s. xvii, and the College bookplate. On another slip is ‘O. 1. 9. Art:’, s. xvii (repeated on fol. iiv), canc. and replaced with ‘L. 2. 8 (CXV)’ in red. A third slip has ‘Ms. Merton Coll. 95.’ in purple ink.

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. 54; Powicke, no. 7.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-31: First online publication

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