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Merton College MS. 116

Former shelfmark: L. 3. 3



Language(s): Latin

fol. iv blank. On the verso is pasted a scrap of paper with a title, s. xvii.

(fols. 1–472v)
BONAVENTURE, Commentary on III-IV Sent.
Incipit: Deus autem qui diues est in misericordia ...; Verbum istud scribitur ii. ad Eph. in quo insinuatur nobis nostre redempcionis ministerium
Explicit: (fol. 212v; edn. p. 896 col. 1, line 23) dant in terra spiritus aqua et sanguis
Incipit: (fol. 213) Pingmentarius [recte Vnguentarius] faciet pigmenta suauitatis
Explicit: uirtus et fortitudo per infinita s. s. amen.
Final rubric: Expliciunt questiones secundum

Occasional corrections to the text and other notes in early anglicana hands, one of them the annotator of MS 115.

BO 3–4; Glorieux, Théol. 305b; Stegmüller, Sent. 111; Distelbrink 2.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: generari
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 479 leaves (iv + 475)
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 165 mm.
The edges retrimmed affecting running heads and stained red.


a singleton, 1–512, 610, 714(14 canc.), 8–1712, 1812(lacks 1–3), 19–3912, 408; catchwords, mostly cropped.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 52 lines.


A proficient gothic rotunda bookhand influenced by anglicana; the same scribe as MS 115.


As for MS 115. Red and blue flourished initial with partial border in the colours; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs.


s. xix, doubtless replacing one of s. xvii; sewn on four bands. On fol. 472, near the foot, are marks of the large iron chain-staple. Fols. i-iii, 473–5, are modern paper binding leaves.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. i are two early inscriptions: ‘Liber magistri Ricardi de Werplesdon’; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ Oxon’ ex legato Ricardi de Werplesdone’: UO47. 129. For Worplesdon, see MS 115.

Inside the front board is the College bookplate, with ‘O. 1. 10’, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 3. 3. (CXVI)’ in red. ‘10’ is inked on the foredge.

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. 8.

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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