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Merton College MS. 158

Former shelfmark: M. 3. 7



Language(s): Latin

The original first leaf is now fol. iv in MS 208. The recto is blank. Formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding, it has marks of two foredge straps.

(fols. 1–151; 151v blank.)
THOMAS AQUINAS, Lectura super Iohannem
Incipit: Vidi Dominum sedentem ...; Verba preposita uerba sunt contemplantis ...;
Incipit: In principio erat uerbum. Euangelista Iohannes sicut dictum est
Explicit: et multiplicati sunt super numerum.
Incipit: Hec ergo sunt que frater Raynaldus de Piperno ordinis predicatorum a partes[sic] quorundam sociorum et specialiter ad mandatum reuerendi patris domini prepositi S. Adomari, post fratrem Thomam de Aquino, quasi qui colligit racemos post uindemiam utinam non diminute, collegi
Explicit: assumit orationum suffragia mercatur. Explicit super Iohannem.
Final rubric: Expliciunt postille fratris Thome de Aquino [corr. in another hand to Ragenaldi] quibus quicumque usus fuerit oret pro anima domini Hugonis de Notyngham in cuius expensis scripte sunt et pro anima fratris Willelmi de eadem per cuius diligenciam sic sunt parate.

In the margin the corrector writes ‘Vide nomen autoris ad hoc signum †.

ed. R. Cai (Turin/Rome 1952); Stegmüller, Bibl. 8050; Glorieux, Théol. 14bm.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et ierusalem
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 154 leaves (ii + 152)
Dimensions (leaf): 375 × 255 mm.
Dimensions (written): 270 × 180 mm.
The edges retrimmed, affecting marginalia and running heads, and spattered with red.


1–1212, 138(8 canc.); framed catchwords; quire-signatures in the unusual form a. a.. a... a v a v..


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 58–63 lines. Blocks of text and commentary alternate, the text in larger script on every second line. Running heads between specially ruled lines.


The gothic rotunda bookhand of William of Nottingham (for whom see MS 168). On fol. 158v is a note by Thomas Gascoigne (Ball, Gascoigne, p. 137).


Gradually omitted in the course of the book: On fol. 1 a 9-line red and blue V, flourished and with a partial border; blue initials flourished in red; plain red or blue initials and paraphs, running heads in the colours; red highlighting and underlining.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii and 152 are paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIV in ; England, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in Oxford.

In MS 208, fol. iv, c. 1300, ‘In hoc uolumine continentur postille [above line Nicholai Gorham, corr. to non est Gorrani sed Raynaldi] super euangelium Iohannis. precii 8 s.’; ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a uenerabili patre domino Thoma Trylleke episcopo Roffensi Oretis pro utroque’; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabilis patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cic’. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis’; ‘Istum librum fecit reparari magister Iohannes Burbage sacre pagine professor’. For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. This was part of his gift of 1374: UO49. 97. For Burbage, fellow 1411–35, see MS 3.

On fol. iiv is a title and ‘O. 5. 9. Art:’, s. xvii. Inside the front cover is another title and a sheet of paper with ‘F, 5, 9’’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 5. 9. Art:’ again, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 3. 7 (CLVIII)’ 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. 65; Powicke, no. 553; Dondaine & Shooner, no. 2148.

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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