Merton College MS. 143
Former shelfmark: M. 1. 11
THOMAS BUCKINGHAM, GODEFROI DE FONTAINES; S. XIV in.
Fols. i-ii blank; on iiv is a title, s. xvii.
None: unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. i was a pastedown in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
The two volumes were at Oxford but still separate before they came to Merton s. xv med. The outermost leaves of II are darkened and dirty, showing that II was unbound for some time. On f. 148 are thoroughly erased cautiones. One (?s. xiv) was for M. John Lynge in the Burnell chest. Three were for William Clopton (BRUO 446), the first in 1448 and the third in 1453. He was fellow of Merton c. 1443-1452, d. by Oct. 1459. At the head of f. 1 are ‘14mus’ and ‘precii XX s.’ At the head of f. 86, in the same hand, is ‘11mus’, at the foot ‘iiofo. posui[t]’. On f. 85v are scribbles in stylus, ‘Reuerendissimi domini Ioh [ ... ] egisthon’, ‘Iohannis Verd ?g Guillelmus’. Near the foot are two erasures of single lines; the first can be read ‘Supplement’ M. Iohannis S[car]dborsch due particule de [ ... ] super prima sentenc’’. This is presumably John Scarborow (BRUO 1651), principal of Broadgates Hall from 1451 until at least 1453, d. by Mar. 1489.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘E. 4, 13’ (canc.), and ‘O. 3. 15 Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 1. 11 (CXLIII)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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