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

Merton College MS. 162

Former shelfmark: B. 3. 8



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–225v)
ROBERT HOLCOT OP, Commentary on Wisdom
Incipit: Dominus petra mea et robur meum &c. Re. 22. Artes et sciencie humanis studiis adiuuente
Explicit: (ends impf. in c. 212) non solum doctus scientia sed iustus.||

Pr. Cologne [not after 1476], London 1489 &c.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7416; Kaeppeli 3497; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 553.

fol. 226rv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: nomen ab arbore
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 229 leaves (i + 228)
Dimensions (leaf): 380 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 275 × 180 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


1–288, 298(lacks 2–7); catchwords in banderoles; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 56 lines. Contemporary foliation, written on both recto and verso, repeating 132 and 204.


One excellent anglicana formata, probably by a Continental scribe (alternating Continental and English g). The scribe is probably responsible for the foliation, running heads and marginal chapter numbers.


On fol. 1 an 8-line D, red and blue on a ground of red flourishing and with 2-sided border in the colours; blue initials flourished in red.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; sewn on nine bands; formerly chained from the foredge of the front board near the foot. Fols. i, 227–8 are paper binding leaves, fol. 228 from the same book as in MS 84. fol. 226, formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding, has the marks of two strap-pins, and of the large ?brass chain-staple near the foot.


Origin: S. XV in

Provenance and Acquisition

The chain-mark suggests that the book was at the College before c. 1500.

At the head of fol. 1 is ‘Holcott super librum Sapientiae’, s. xvii. ‘2’ is inked on the foredge.

Inside the front board is the College bookplate and ‘B. 3. 8’ in modern pencil.

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. 66; Powicke, no. 1247.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-02: First online publication

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