A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 155

Former shelfmark: E. 2. 1



Language(s): Latin

fol. i blank.

1. (fols. 1–85)
Rubric: Tractatus primus Parisiensis de sacramentis.
Incipit: Cum de pia ac ueridica salutari
Explicit: fiant sapientibus damus
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus magistri Willelmi episcopi Perisiensis super 7 sacramenta ecclesie

Pr. Opera (Orléans and Paris 1674 / Frankfurt 1963), I, cols 407–555; Glorieux, Théol. 141o; Ottmann, no. 16.

2. (fols. 92–132)
HUGH OF ST CHER, Postills on Mark
Incipit: Consummacio abbreuiata mundabit iusticiam Ysa. x. ad litteram quia que Mattheus profusius dicit
Explicit: confirmacio iustorum.
Final rubric: Explicit Marchus.

Pr. Basel 1504; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3719.

3. (fols. 132–225v)
HUGH OF ST CHER, Postills on Matthew
Rubric: Epistola Hugonis de Vienna super Mattheum
Incipit: Quattuor sunt minima terre et ipsa sunt sapienciora terre sapientibus. Formice id est populus infimis qui preparauit in messe cibum
Explicit: malicie quam excuerunt in te.
Final rubric: Explicit Mattheus Deo gracias.

Pr. Basel 1504; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3717.

4. (fols. 225v-455v)
HUGH OF ST CHER, Postills on Isaiah
Rubric: Introitus Hugonis de Vienna super Ysayam.
Incipit: Idem in expositione prologi S. Ieronimi super Ysayam. Habemus firmiorem sermonem propheticum ...; Visio Ysaye. Hic est titulus libri usque i. Audite celi
Explicit: subplantata pedum uestrorum amen.
Final rubric: Explicit Hugo de Vienna super Ysayam

fol. 456rv blank.

Pr. Basel 1504; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3688.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ad quam ceteri
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 457 leaves (i + 456)
Dimensions (leaf): 360 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 170 mm.
Fols. i and 456 are of thick, stiff parchment.


A singleton at each end; 1–108, 1110, 12–568, 578(6–8 canc.); catchwords; the quires numbered at the beginning (‘i qª’ etc.); also quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 58 lines.


Proficient, formal Continental cursive hands; the scribe from fol. 512vb line 18 until the end writes fere humanistica.


Variable and often lacking: on fol. 1 a 7-line red and blue flourished initial; otherwise plain red or blue initials and paraphs, red highlighting and underlining. Running heads sometimes in red with blue paraph, sometimes in ink of text with red or blue paraphs.


Late medieval; flush, bevelled oak boards, now bared and rebacked with brown goatskin; sewn on six bands. Two straps of tawed skin from recesses in the front board to catches in the back, the lower strap now gone. Near the foot of the back board are the marks of the large iron chain-staple; near the top of the foredge is the mark of the usual post-medieval chain-staple.


Origin: S. XV (partly 1412); Continental

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made on the Continent.

The chain-staple suggests that it was at the College before the Reformation.

On fol. iv is a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 5. 6. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 3. 6 (CLV)’ in red, partly canc. and replaced with ‘P. 1. 1’ in pencil. Below is the College bookplate. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge.

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, pp. 64–5; Powicke, no. 1246.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-21: First online publication

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