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Merton College MS. 136

Former shelfmark: L. 3. 6

WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE; S. XIV ex.

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. iii, iv blank)
(fol. ivv)
A table of contents,

s. xv, ending with WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, De Praebendis (Ottmann, no. 7), no longer present; a hand of s. xvi notes its absence.

1. (fols. 1–10v; 11–12v blank)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, Cur Deus Homo
Rubric: Hic incipit tractatus eiusdem Willelmi Cur Deus homo.
Incipit: Cur Deus homo ponam ad hoc quattuor radices primam uirtutis nostre
Explicit: et acceptissimum famulatum amen
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus domini Parisiensis Cur Deus homo.

Pr. Opera Guillelmi Alverni (Paris, 1674), I, cols 555–70; Glorieux, Théol. 141k; Ottmann, no. 1.

2. (fols. 13–105v)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, De Sacramentis
Rubric: De sacramento baptismi.
Incipit: Dicemus in primis quia sacramentorum uirtus et utilitas tribus uiis preter illam quam hic intendimus stabilitur
Explicit: ut sapienciores fiant sapientibus damus.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de sacramentis.

Pr. Opera, I, cols. 407–55; Glorieux, Théol. 141o; Ottmann, no. 16.

3. (fols. 106–66v, 169–213; 167–8v blank)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, Summa de Virtutibus et Vitiis

Pr. Opera, I, cols 102–328; Glorieux, Théol. 141j; Bloomfield 3982; Ottmann, no. 19.

3.1. (fols. 106–66v)
Rubric: Incipit liber de uirtutibus eiusdem.
Incipit: Postquam iam claruit ex ordine ipso rerum diuinalium
Explicit: (fol. 166v) cum triumphis nobilibus de medio eorum Deo gratias.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de uirtutibus.
3.2. (fols. 169–213)
Rubric: (fol. 169) De uitiis et peccatis.
Incipit: Ingrediemur hic huius tractatus partem que est de uiciis et peccatis
Explicit: de infinibili felicitate humanarum animarum per omnia benedictus Deus amen.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de peccatis et uiciis secundum Magistrum Willelmum de Aluernia &c. amen.
4. (fols. 213v-15v)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, De Gratia et Libero Arbitrio
Rubric: Incipit de gracia.
Incipit: Post hec autem gratiam stabilire qua post lapsum ad Deum redimus
Explicit: serui obedientiam uocamus gratiam
Final rubric: Explicit de gracia amen.

Ed. G. Corti, Corona Lateranensis 7 (Rome, 1966), pp. 45–66; A. Landgraf, ‘Der Traktat de errore Pelagii des Wilhelm von Auvergne’, Speculum 5 (1930), 168–80; Glorieux, Théol. 141p; Stegmüller, Sent. 284, 12; Ottmann, no. 10. One of seven known copies, five of them English.

5. (fols. 215v-21v)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, De Immortalitate Animae
Rubric: Incipit liber de immortalitate anime.
Incipit: Nosse debes ex aliis quia 4. modis consulitur humanis erroribus
Explicit: et affectionibus totaliter consistit
Final rubric: Explicit ...

Pr. Opera, I, cols 329–36; Glorieux, Théol. 141t; Ottmann, no. 11.

6. (fols. 221v-30v)
WILLIAM OF AUVERGNE, De Faciebus Mundi
Rubric: Incipit prologus in libros de faciebus mundi a Willelmo de Aluernia episcopo Parisiensi edita.
Incipit: Veritas euuangelica predicantibus in quibusdam est commissa
Explicit: econtrario qui mundo utuntur.
Final rubric: Explicit liber de faciebus mundi

Copious marginal annotation, s. xv, probably much of it in the hand of Lorying (see below).

Unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 141f; Charland, p. 40; Ottmann, no. 8.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: id est imperium
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 236 leaves (iv + 232)
Dimensions (leaf): 370 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 270 × 150 mm.

Collation

A bifolium, 112, 2–208, 214, 22–88, 298(lacks 7–8); quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form; catchwords.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 56 lines.

Hand(s)

Probably two similar English scribes, the second beginning at fol. 169, writing proficient gothic rotunda bookhand of university type, influenced by anglicana. Running heads, probably in the same hand, throughout.

Decoration

Blue initials flourished in red; red paraphs. The work is rather rough.

Binding

Maltby 1965, brown goatskin; fols i-ii, 231–2 are modern paper blanks. On fol. iiiv are the marks of two straps and of a brass chain-staple at the foredge, near the foot. fol. iii was probably a pastedown (a sheet of modern parchment has been pasted over it as strengthening), and the last stub of quire 30 is probably the remains of the other.

History

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

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. iiiv‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia ex dono M. Willelmi Loryng canonici ecclesie Sarum cathenandus in communi libraria eiusdem domus’. A hand of s. xvii has added ‘A.D. 1415’. Loryng (BRUO 1163), canon of Salisbury from 1363, d. by Feb. 1416. In 1415–16 the College paid Robert Maslyn 15s. 8d. to go to Salisbury ‘pro libris Loryng adquirendis’ (Appendix B, no. 85).

At the head of fol. 1 is ‘D. 7, 2’, s. xvii. On fol. iiivis ‘O. 3. 8. Art:’, s. xvii, and ‘L 3 6 (CXXXVI)’ in modern pencil.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.

Bibliography

    Coxe, pp. 58–9; Powicke, no. 706.

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