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Merton College MS. 145

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 1

JOHN OF DAMASCUS, BOETHIUS, GUNDISSALINUS; S. XIV1

Contents

Language(s): Latin

On fol. i is a list of contents, s. xiv, and faint pencil notes; fol. iv blank; on fol. 1rv is a list of quaestiones in pencil, the last ascr. ‘fr(ater) Hugo’. On fol. 1v are two lists of contents, one s. xv, the other s. xvi ex.

1. (fols. 2-49)
JOHN OF DAMASCUS, De Fide Orthodoxa (transl. BURGUNDIO OF PISA)
Rubric: Iohannis presbiteri Damasceni in quo est tradicio certa ortodoxa fidei c. diuersa c. a Burgundione iudice ciue Pisano de Greco in Latinum domino iii. Eugenio beate memorie pape translatus ...
Incipit: ⟨D⟩eum nemo uidit unquam
Explicit: idque ab ipso est gaudium fructificantes amen.
Final rubric: Expliciunt sententie Damasceni.

ed. E. M. Buytaert (St Bonaventure, NY, 1955). Followed by capitula on fol. 49rv. Annotated in early anglicana hands.

2. (fols. 50-67v)
JOHN OF DAMASCUS, Logica (transl. ROBERT GROSSETESTE)
Incipit: ⟨S⟩ermo de philocosmis id est amatoribus mundi
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uemadmodum dulce philocosmis existit sensibilium paradisorum
Explicit: est custodiens inconfusum et inuertibile. Explicit.

Unpr.; Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 47.

3. (fols. 68-80)
JOHN OF DAMASCUS, Elementarium Dogmatum (transl. ROBERT GROSSETESTE)
Rubric: Introductio docmatum elementarum a uoce S. Iohannis Damasceni ad Iohannem sanctissimum episcopum Laodicie.
Incipit: ⟨I⟩n nomine Patris ... Que sit intencio Damasceni in hoc libro. ⟨S⟩ubstancia et natura et forma secundum sanctos patres idem est
Explicit: semper cum ipso esse et frui ipsius gloria et regno nunc et semper et in s. s. amen. Explicit.

Unpr.; Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 50.

4. (fols. 80-7)
JOHN OF DAMASCUS, De Hymno Trisagion (transl. ROBERT GROSSETESTE)
Rubric: Epistola scripta ad Iordanem archimandritam de trisagio.
Incipit: ⟨D⟩ei honoracio et zelo diuino ornato
Explicit: indesinenter pro nobis orantes.

CPG8049, ed. M. Holland, PhD diss. (Harvard University, 1980); Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 51; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 547-8.

5. (fols. 87-100)
BOETHIUS, Opuscula Sacra
Rubric: Incipit prologus in librum Boecii de unitate Trinitatis ad Symacum.
Incipit: ⟨D⟩omino patri Symaco de trinitate Boecius. Inuestigatam a nobis diutissime
Explicit: subtrahit uota supplebunt.
Rubric: (fol. 90) Hic incipit quedam questio Boecii ad Iohannem ecclesie Romane diaconem utrum Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus predicentur substantialiter de natura diuina.
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uero an Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus de diuinitate substantialiter predicentur
Explicit: si poteris ratione coniungere.
Rubric: (fol. 90v) Anicii Mallii Seuerini Boecii exconsulis ordinarii patricii de ebdomatibus liber incipit.
Incipit: ⟨P⟩ostulas ut ex ebdomatibus nostris est questionis obscuritatem
Explicit: cuncta igitur sunt bona. Explicit.
Rubric: (fol. 92) Incipit liber Boecii contra Euthicem et Nestorium.
Incipit: ⟨X⟩ristiani fidem noui ac ueteris testamenti pandit autoritas
Explicit: laus perpetua opus conditoris. Explicit.
Rubric: (fol. 94) Incipit prologus in libro Boecii de duabus naturis et una persona Christi ad Iohannem romane ecclesie subdyaconem.
Incipit: ⟨D⟩omino sancto ... Anxie te quidem sustinui
Explicit: causa prescribit. Explicit.

CPL 890-4; ed. and transl. H. F. Stewart and E. K. Rand (London, 1918 / 1973).

6. (fols. 100-2)
DOMINICUS GUNDISSALINUS, De Vnitate et Vno.
Rubric: Boetius de unitate et uno
Incipit: ⟨V⟩nitas est qua unaqueque res una esse dicitur
Explicit: et est id quod est.
Final rubric: Explicit liber de unitate et uno qui a quibusdam dicitur esse Boecii.

Ed. P. Correns, BGPM 1/1 (1891); TKI 1601.

fol. 102b is filled with a draft sermon in a hand of s. xv. On the verso are faint pencil notes. fol. 103rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et impleat
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 104 leaves (i + 103)
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200 × 125 mm.
The edges retrimmed, affecting running heads and marginalia, and spattered with red.

Collation

A bifolium, 1-812, 98(6-7 canc.); catchwords.

Layout

Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 45 lines.

Hand(s)

A single low-grade English gothic rotunda bookhand. The scribe provides running heads and corrects his work in the margins.

Decoration

None: unfilled spaces for painted initials and rubrics.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding, which was sewn on five bands.

History

Origin: S. XIV1 ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Across the head of fol. 2 is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia ex legato M. Iohannis Reynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus’. For Reynham, fellow 1335-58, see MS 18.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii.

On the board itself is ‘O. 4. 1. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 1. 1 (CXLV)’ in red; the College bookplate.

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, p. 62; Powicke, no. 353; Codices Boethiani, no. 223.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-20: First online publication