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Merton College MS. 147

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 4



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iv-viv blank but for faint pencil notes on v and viv, and on fol. viv ‘Distinctiones Nicolai de Gorrham’, s. xvii.

1. (fols. 1–158v)
NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Distinctiones Theologicae
Incipit: Abeuncium per hunc mundum alii abeunt male
Explicit: preparemus nos ut preparati intremus ad nupcias cum Domino Iesu Christo amen.
Final rubric: Expliciunt distincciones N. de Guerram.
(fol. 159rv)
An alphabetical index of key words

In 4 cols, Abire-Zelus.

Unpr., very common in manuscript; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5740; Kaeppeli 3090; Bloomfield 0062.

2. (fols. 159v-67)
Themata dominicalia
Incipit: Tabernaculo meo ...; Passionis qualitas in habendo
Explicit: de quibus fit initio isto die.
Final rubric: Expliciunt themata dominicalia.
3. (fols. 167–74)
(fol. 167)
An alphabetical index of the key words

In 4 cols, Ambulatio-Vocare.

(fols. 167v-74)
Parue distincciones
Incipit: Ambulatio. Sicut in corporali ambulacione ita in spirituali
Explicit: hec est uox Domini in magnificencia Petri Ysa. Thess.
Final rubric: Expliciunt parue distincciones.

Bloomfield 0389, this copy only, attrib. Nicholas Gorran, apparently without warrant. But the work is also in BAV, Pal. lat. 473, fols. 13v-32v (s. xiv), there called ‘De ambulatione spirituali’, and in St Pölten, Diözesanbibl. 91 (s. xv), fols. 93v-101.

4. (fols. 174–80)
Themata for each book of the O. and N.T.
Incipit: Genesis 18 Afferam paxillum ...; Sicut in corporalibus suo modo ista se inuicem consecuntur
Explicit: et sustinentia eorum que ab extrinseco infirmuntur post lapsum suf.

fol. 180v is covered with early pencil notes.

Apparently Stegmüller, Bibl. 11733, citing only Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl. Aug. Fol. 76. 2 (s. xv), fols. 20–6.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: antiquam ysa
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 189 leaves (vi + 183)
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 185 × 125 mm.
The edges retrimmed, affecting marginalia, and spattered with red.


A4(lacks 1), 1–1012, 11–1214, 1310, 1312, 1410; catchwords framed in red; pencilled leaf numbers.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 43 lines.


A single small French gothic rotunda bookhand.


On fol. 1 a 5-line A in colours and gold, with curling vine-leaf foliage and 2-sided border; a ?cat sits on the upper limb (cropped by the binder); red and blue initials with 1-sided borders of the same, flourished in red and violet; red initials flourished in violet, blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs, red highlighting and underlining.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-iii and 181–3 are paper binding-leaves, the two outermost from the same printed book as in MS 45. On the first parchment leaves are the marks of an iron chain-staple at the foredge, near the foot.


Origin: S. XIV med. ; France, Paris (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made in Paris. It is not known when it entered the College prior to s. xvii.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘F. 3, 9’ (canc.), s. xvii, and modern ‘H. 1. 4 (CXLVII)’ 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.


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


    Coxe, p. 63; Powicke, no. 1226; Alexander & Temple, no. 313.

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

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