Merton College MS. 137
Former shelfmark: L. 1. 8
WILLIAM OCKHAM, GILES OF ROME; S. XIV in.
Four structurally independent books; but running heads and marginal annotation in a hand of s. xiv in. show that II-IV at least were together early, and the same brick-red initials throughout suggest that the whole was always so.
At the head of f. i, s. xiv, trimmed by the binder, is ‘Tractatus Willelmi Ocham de corpore Christi cum multis aliis’. f. iirv is blank.
Several similar gothic rotunda bookhands, probably English.
Red initials, paraphs, underlining.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The outermost leaves were formerly pastedowns in an earlier binding. f. i has marks of two straps, a brass chain-staple near the foot of the foredge, and of the large iron chain-staple. f. 184 has marks of two iron clasps.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. iv three inscriptions in the hand of Walterus Roberti: ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed’ socii domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ quem de quadam cista ibidem uendicioni expositum emit de bonis sibi datis per reuerendum dominum suum M. Nicholaum de Sandwyco. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; a long table of contents; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem magistrorum et sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabilis patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis. xxxi uolumen.’ For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. This volume was part of his legacy.
Seen at Merton by John Bale (Appendix C, no. 13).
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘32’, s. xvii in.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 7, 10’ (canc.) and a table of contents, s. xvii, on the board itself ‘O. 3. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘L. 1. 8 (CXXXVII)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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