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Merton College MS. 138

Former shelfmark: L. 1. 9



Language(s): Latin

fol. iii blank.

1. (fols. 2–153)
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uerebantur quedam circa Deum quedam circa creaturas
Explicit: nisi ab intellectu et in intellectu concipiente.
Final rubric: Explicit quodlibet 14 magistri Godfridi de Fontibus. Explicit hic totum pro Christo da mihi potum.

Ed. M. de Wulf and J. Hoffmans, Les Philosophes belges: textes et études 3–5 (Louvain, 1914–35); Glorieux, Théol. 198e.

2. (fols. 153v-229)
Incipit: ⟨I⟩n disputatione de quolibet quesitum fuit de Deo creatore
Explicit: et non generare uel spirare

Ed. M. Schmaus (Texte aus der mittelalterlichen Geisteswelt 2: Munich, 1969); Kaeppeli 3874.

3. (fols. 229v-336v)
THOMAS SUTTON OP, Quaestiones Ordinariae
Incipit: Questio ordinaria prima. ⟨Q⟩erebatur utrum Deum esse sit per se notum anime humane tanquam communis animi concepcio
Explicit: excepto solo Deo simplicissimo cui ...

Followed by a list of the quaestiones on fols. 336v-7v.

Ed. J. Schneider (Texte aus der mittelalterlichen Geisteswelt 3: Munich, 1977); Stegmüller, Sent. 915; Kaeppeli 3872.

Fols. 338–40v blank but for a large pencilled IHS, s. xv, on fol. 340.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: aliud habet
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 345 leaves (iii + 342)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 175 mm.
The edges retrimmed, with loss of marginalia and running heads, and spattered with red.


A singleton, 1–2812, 294; catchwords; pencilled leaf numbers late in the book.


Ruled with pencil and crayon in 2 cols of 50–55 lines.


English gothic rotunda bookhands of scholastic type, influenced in varying degrees by anglicana.


None; unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. At each end are marks of straps and clasps; on the last leaf are the faint marks of the large brass chain-staple. Fols. i-ii, 341–2 are paper endleaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 78. fol. 340 was a pastedown in an earlier binding, sewn on six bands.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. 153v, cropped by the binder, ‘Quodlibeta M. Thome Sutton socii domus de Merton postmodum ordinis predicatorum’, s. xv.

On fol. iiiv (autograph) ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed ex empcione de bonis sibi datis per Magistrum Nicholaum de Sandwyco. Oretis igitur pro utroque. | Quatuordecem quodlibeta magistri Godefridi de Fontibus et .4. prima quodlibeta secuntur .10. residua in hoc uolumine Questiones ordinarie .35. eiusdem magistri Godefridi’; ‘Liber domus 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. Walterus Roberti notarius. xxxiiiª uolumen’. For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. This book was part of his bequest to the College. It is referred to in Balliol Coll. 211, formerly owned by Merton College (Mynors, Balliol, pp. 207–8).

On fol. iiiv ‘Istum librum fecit de nouo ligari Magister Ricardus Scardeburgh’ anno Domini MCCCCLIII. Oretis igitur pro eo et pro parentibus eius.’ For Richard Scarborough, see MS 17.

Also on fol. iiv is the James no. ‘6’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 8, 6’ (canc.) and contents, s. xvii.

On the board itself is pencilled ‘L. 1. 9 / In Mr. Coxe’s Catalogue 138’; 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. 60; Powicke, no. 534; J. Hoffmans, ‘La Table des divergences et innovations doctrinales de Godefroid de Fontaines’, Revue néoscolastique de philosophie36 (1934), 412–36, at pp. 414–18.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-18: First online publication

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