Merton College MS. 157
Former shelfmark: L. 3. 5
WILLIAM OF NOTTINGHAM; S. XIV ex.
fols. i-iiv blank.
Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3002; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 796.
Also found in Oxford, Magdalen Coll., lat. 160, St John’s Coll. 2, and Bodl. Libr., Laud. misc. 165: H. L. Spencer, English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages (Oxford, 1993), p. 372 n. 60.
fol. 361v blank.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 55–8 lines.
A single scribe writing anglicana formata. Running heads between specially ruled lines.
Large red and blue initials flourished in the colours and violet, with borders featuring oak leaves and grotesques; blue initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in violet; red or blue paraphs, red highlighting and underlining.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on nine bands (though four are actually stubbed off); formerly chained from the usual position. Possibly once chained from the foot of an earlier front board. fol. 362 was formerly reversed and the rear pastedown in another, smaller book, sewn on six bands.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of fol. 2, in formal script, ‘Ex dono Iohannis Woode in theologia baccalarii quondam consocii collegii de Merton in Oxonia’.
To fol. iiv is pasted a label, doubtless originally under horn and nailed to the back cover, in the same hand: ‘Notyngham super euuangelia. Ex dono M. Iohannis Wode quondam archdiaconi Midd’’. For John Wode, fellow c. 1445–50, d. by Nov. 1475, see MS 55.
Pen-trials and scribbles of s. xvi occur in the margins passim, e.g. at the foot of fol. 189 ‘Henry the Wyte’ and ‘Thomashe Dury’.
More at the head of fol. 214 incl. ‘Iohannes Lod'.
At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘124’, s. xvii in.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 5. 8. Art:’ canc. and replaced with ‘L. 3. 5 (CLVII)’ in red. Below is the College bookplate. ‘8’ is inked on the foredge.
Merton College MS. 157 - flyleaf (fol. 362)
Written in 2 cols of more than 46 lines.
Written in a small English gothic rotunda bookhand.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
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Last Substantive Revision
2019-06-21: First online publication