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Merton College MS. 130

Former shelfmark: L. 1. 2



Language(s): Latin

fols. iv, 221rv blank.

(fols. ii-v, 216v-20v)
Informal theological notes, quaestiones and quotations

Written in small early anglicana hands of scholastic type.

On fol. ii are only a few faint pencil notes.

(fol. iiv)
ALCUIN, Carm. 83
Incipit: Nota uersus scriptos ad Carolum regem. O rex Auguste clarissime dignus honore (6 lines)
Incipit: followed by: Nota uersus de mundo. Munde uale tibi ue fugiens me dum sequerer te (4 lines).

Alongside these verses are extracts from letters of Alcuin and Jerome.

SK 11029; WIC 11414.

(fols. iiiv-iv, 216v-219)
(fol. 219)

In two hands, the eight articles condemned by Archbishop Pecham ‘in congregacione coepiscoporum in ecclesia sancte Marie de arcubus’, 30 Apr. 1286.

ed. C. T. Martin, Epistolae Iohannis Peckham (3 vols, RS, 1882–3), III, pp. 921–3.

(fol. 222rv)

Pencilled notes, upside down.

1. (fols. 1–64)
Commentary on I-III Sent
Incipit: Ardua tractare parum sciolo difficile sed difficilia sub breuitate constringere
Incipit: Queritur primo quid sit subiectum libri sententiarum. Respondeo subiectum in aliqua scientia potest tripliciter accipi
Explicit: et antiqui in fide passionis future
(bk. 2 fol. 22v; bk. 3 fol. 54v)

A summary of the commentary by Bonaventure; the full text BO 1–4; Stegmüller, Sent. 111; Distelbrink 2; Glorieux, Théol. 305b.

At the head of fol. 1 Fitzjames has written ‘Iste Durandus uidetur mihi sequax Bonauenture | Et notabilia eius breuiter compilare’, to which another hand has added ‘Et ideo si hic in argumento dubites quere Bonauentura et dicet tibi.’ But the work is not that by Durandus de S. Porciano. Cf. Stegmüller, Sent. 320 (the abbreviation by Henricus Goeckelmann de Isny OFM).

2. (fols. 64v-70)
‘Tractatus ostendens in toto uniuerso unum tantum esse principium’
Incipit: Vnum uniuersorum existere pium fidenter fatetur catholicorum concio
Explicit: et hoc in epistolis beati Petri

fol. 70v blank but for early pencil notes.

3. (fols. 71–216)
PETER OF TARENTAISE, Commentary on IV Sent
Incipit: Haurietis aquas ...; In uerbis istis duplex effectus sacramentorum
Explicit: ueritas in documento uita in premio Io. 14 ad quam uitam Ipse qui est uia nos perducat cui ....
Final rubric: Explicit quartus liber.

pr. Toulouse 1649–52; Glorieux, Théol. 17a; Stegmüller, Sent. 690; Kaeppeli 3340.

Throughout the hand of the material on fols. iiiv-iv and 216v-19 has written out the quaestiones in the lower margins, as well as annotating in all the margins.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quia boni per
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 227 leaves (v + 222)
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245 × 155–65 mm.
The edges retrimmed affecting marginalia, and spattered with red.


A singleton, A4, 1–512, 610, 7–1712, 1814, A4, B4(lacks 3–4); catchwords. Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 45–52 lines.


Ruled in crayon in 2 cols of 45–52 lines.


Art. 1 in a neat, formal, upright anglicana; arts 2–3 in an English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.


Art. 1 opens with a red and blue flourished initial; thereafter only red paraphs. Arts 2–3 undecorated; unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from the usual position. At the foot of fol. i is the mark of an iron chain-staple; a similar mark occurs near the foot of the foredge of fol. 221; it does not occur on fol. 222. It appears that these leaves have been reversed: fol. 221 was once the back pastedown, and shows that the book was then sewn on six bands. fol. 1 was also once a pastedown.


Origin: S. XIV in ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. i, s. xiv/xv, is ‘Derby’, a common surname, but perhaps Robert de Derby (BRUO 571), fellow of Oriel in 1360, d. by July 1361.

At the head of fol. 218v, in an early hand, is pencilled ‘Precium .x. s.’

On fol. iiv‘Liber Iohannis Wyttenham quem emit de Iohanne Brown stacionario Oxon’ anno Domini 1403 in die sanctorum Iohannis et Pauli’.

Just below this is an erased note: ‘Caucio Iohannis Huntman exposita in antiqua cista uniuersitatis pro una marca in uigilia omnium sanctorum anno Domini M. CCC octogesimo sexto.’

At the foot of fol. 216 a 2-line inscription has been erased, ‘Liber ⟨iste pertinet collegio Oxon’ per magistrum | Willelmum prepositum eiusdem collegii’. One suspects that the college was Oriel and the provost William de Daventre, 1349–73 (BRUO 547).

Below is ‘Liber magistri Ricardi Fytz Iames sacre theologie professoris quem emit 12 die Nouembris Anno Christi 1482. Precium vi s. viii d.’ On fol. vv, in the usual untidy secretary hand, ‘Durandus super Sentenciarum libros de dono Magistri Ricardi Fitz Iames nuper custodis istius Collegii de Mertone cuius anime propicietur Deus amen’, and ‘B. Lier.2us.’, in the usual hand (see above, MS 60). Huntman (BRUO 987–8) was fellow of Oriel in 1373, still in 1387, chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, still alive in 1427. Wyttenham (BRUO 2131) was fellow of New College from 1390 until at least 1408. For Fitzjames, warden of Merton 1483–1507, see MS 9.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘35’, s. xvii in. On fol. i is ‘O. 3. 2. Art:’, s. xvii.

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

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. 57; Powicke, no. 1193.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-07: First online publication

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