Merton College MS. 149
Former shelfmark: M. 1. 1
GERARD OF BOLOGNA; S. XIV med.
Fols. iii, ivrv blank.
unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 420c, citing this (one of two complete copies) as MS 194; Stegmüller, Sent. 248.
On f. 163 are early notes and quaestiones in a French hand which annotates spasmodically throughout; the verso blank.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 54 lines.
A French gothic rotunda bookhand.
On f. 1 a 7-line P in gold and colours on a square ground, with curling vine-leaf foliage and nearly 3-sided border; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour (at the foot of f. 161, in red, is their total of 105); red or blue paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii and 164-5 are paper endleaves, the outermost from the same book as in MS 84. Fols. iii and 263 were pastedowns in an earlier binding sewn on six bands. On f. iii is the mark of a brass chain-staple, near the foot of the foredge. On f. 163v are the marks of the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably written in southern France. At the head of f. iii, in red, is ‘Fr .N. de A[ ... ]rl’ ordinis fratrum Aug’’, s. xiv. The name appears again, erased and badly cropped, at the foot of f. iiiv. On f. 163 is an erased inscription apparently beginning ‘Fr’. On f. iiiv: ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a uenerabili patre domino Thoma Tryllek’ episcopo Roffensi. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; ‘Summa M. Gerardi Bon’’; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabili patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis. Walterus Roberti.’ The first two inscriptions are in Reed’s hand. Given by him in 1374: UO49. 79. For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8.
Inside the front cover is ‘O. 4. 5. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 1. 1. (CXLIX)’ in red. A sheet of paper has a title, s. xvii, and ‘5, 11’ canc.; the College bookplate.
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