A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 133

Former shelfmark: L. 1. 5



Language(s): Latin

(fols. i-iiv, 266–7v)

Waste leaves of another book of similar date, appearance and contents: written space 210 × 150, frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 43 lines in a secretary hand; decoration lacks.

1. (fols. 1–36v)
PEDRO TOMAS OFM, Formalitates seu Quaestiones de Modis Distinctionum
Incipit: Ad euidenciam distinctionis predictorum sic intendo procedere
Explicit: et in materia et forma regimen compositi
Final rubric: Expliciunt questiones de distinccione formalitatum determinate a reuerendo fratre Petro Thome de ordine fratrum minorum de prouincia Sancti Iacobi in studio Barchinon’

Unpr.; copies listed by G. G. Bridges, Identity and Distinction in Petrus Thomae OFM (St Bonaventure, NY, 1959), pp. 177–80.

2. (fols. 37–254v)
Incipit: De quolibet dicitur affirmacio uel negacio
Incipit: Queritur utrum principium complexum possit formari in theologia
Explicit: pertinent ad practicam scientiam.
Final rubric: Explicit conflatus Francisci de Maronis finitus per manus Nicolai de Bodelswerdia anno Domini 1427 in uigilia sancte Barbare uirginis tum temporis Oxonie studentis.

The complete work pr. Venice 1504–7, 1520; Roth, Franz de Mayronis, pp. 87–160 this copy p. 107; Stegmüller, Sent. 218.

(fols. 255–65v)
Alphabetical subject-index to art. 2

Written in the same hand, beginning impf. in P.

Fols. 264–5v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: est sapientia
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 271 leaves (iv + 267)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 205–10 × 135–55 mm.
Retrimmed affecting marginalia.


A singleton (the stub only), A4, 1–2012, 2114, 2210, B4(4 canc.); quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form; catchwords. At least one quire is missing before 22.


Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 46 lines.


Art. 1 in a neat anglicana hand; art. 2 to fol. 120v (end of quire 10) in another; fols. 121–63v in the cursive of the Frisian ‘librarius’ Nicholas of Bolsward (BRUO 208). He also wrote Lincoln Coll. lat. 93, and Oriel Coll. 70 in 1429. A similar hand corrects his work heavily in the margins.


On fol. 37 a 6-line red and blue initial with 3-sided border in the colours; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs in art. 1, red only in art. 2, ceasing after fol. 91; plain red or blue initials in the index.


s. xv, repaired s. xix: chamfered oak boards with slightly projecting foredges, bared and rebacked with brown pigskin; resewn on five bands; two broad straps from recesses in the front board to catches at the rear, the straps now gone. On the rear board and leaves at the end are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. The stub before fol. i was once (?part of) a pastedown in the same binding.


Origin: 1427 ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. ivv, s. xv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ Oxon’ emptus anno Domini MCCCCXXXI quando maxime floruit scola doctoris presentis.’

At the head of fol. 267, s. xv, is ‘In isto libro continentur formalitates Petri Thome et conflatus Francisci super primum sentenciarum precium xli s. xi d.’

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘38’, s. xvii in.

On fol. iii is a paper slip, s. xvii, with a table of contents, ‘D. 6, 10’ (canc.), and ‘O. 3. 5. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 1. 5 (CXXXIII)’ in red.

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. 58; Powicke, no. 748; Watson, Dated and Datable Oxford, no. 839.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-11: First online publication

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