Merton College MS. 117
Former shelfmark: L. 3. 4
ROBERT COWTON; S. XV in.
One of eight known copies.
unpr.; Stegmüller, Sent. 732; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 531-2
Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 64 lines.
Two excellent small anglicana hands, fols. 1-166; 167-261v.
Characteristic English professional work of s. xv: on fol. 1 a 15-line S in colours and gold on a square ground with foliage and a nearly-full border; on fols. 94v, 167 and 225 smaller versions of the same type with 3-sided borders; blue initials, large until fol. 42v, flourished in red; red and blue paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 263-4 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from a printed copy of Mercurius Gallobelgicus (Frankfurt, 1615). At the foot of fol. 262v are marks probably from the large brass chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in England.
At the College certainly by 1556 (UO65. 365), but probably by s. xv ex.
At the head of fol. 1 is ‘D. 6, 15’, s. xvii, canc. On fol. iv is a title and ‘O. 1. 11. Art:’, s. xvii. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 1. 11. Art:’ again, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 3. 4 (CXVII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘11’ is inked on the foredge.
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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