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Merton College MS. 164

Former shelfmark: B. 2. 11



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iii-ivv blank.

(fols. 1-335v)
NICHOLAS DE LYRA, Postills on Proverbs—Maccabees
Incipit: Ecce discripsi eam tibi tripliciter Prov. xxii. Secundum quod dicitur in principio libri de plantis
Incipit: (f. 20v) Incipit postilla super Ecclesiasten. Verba ecclesiastes. Sicut dictum fuit in principio libri prouerbiorum in tribus libris Salomonis traduntur tria
Incipit: (f. 29v) Incipit postilla super cantica canticorum. Osculetur me &c. Expedito primo Salomonis libro in quo traduntur documenta
Incipit: (f. 36v Sap.) Post libros historiales non canonicos magis tamen reputatos
Incipit: (f. 49v) Incipit postilla super librum eclesiastici. Omnis sapientia a domino Deo est. Hic incipit liber ecclesiasticus qui primo fuit Hebraice scriptus
Incipit: (f. 89) Incipit postilla super Secundum Esdre et cetera. Et fecit Iosias. Liber iste qui dicitur Esdre secundus uidetur magis ab alio doctore
Incipit: (f. 93v) Incipit postilla eiusdem super librum Thobie &c. Hec opertuit facere et illa non omittere. Mt. 23. Postquam auxiliante Deo scripsi super libros sacre scripture canonicos
Incipit: (f. 99v) Incipit postilla eiusdem super librum Iudith. Arphaxat. Itaque post historiam Susanne Bel et draconis
Incipit: (f. 108 Is.) Ierusalem euuangelistam dabo. Ysa. 41. Secundum quod dicit beatus Ieronimus in epistola ad Paulinum
Incipit: (f. 162v Ierem.) Prophetiam in gentibus dedi te. Verbum propositum scribitur Ieremie c. 1
Incipit: (f. 198) Quomodo sedet. In precedentibus huius libri Ieremias prophetauit destructionem Ierusalem futuram
Incipit: (f. 198v) Et hec sunt uerba libri. Post librum Thobie secundum ordinem temporis sequitur librum Baruch
Incipit: (f. 203) Incipit hystoria super Susannam. Historia Sussanne contigit ante captiuitatem Babilonicam
Incipit: (f. 205v) Hic incipit postilla super Ezechielem. Aperti sunt celi ...; In uerbo proposito ab Ezechiele dicto possunt notari quatuor cause libri
Explicit: (f. 248v) Explicit postilla super Ezechielem edita a fratre Nicholao de Lira et per ipsum cum Dei adiutorio anno Domini millesimo CCC. xxxij
Incipit: Danieli autem dedit Deus intelligenciam ...; In uerbo proposito tanguntur quatuor cause huius libri Danielis
Incipit: (f. 273) Duodecim prophetarum ossa pululant de loco suo Eccl. xlix. Sicut in libro psalmorum psalmi a diuersis auctoribus compositi
Incipit: (f. 312v) Sequitur historia libri Machabeorum. Et factum est. Post historiam libri Iudith quantum ad historias
Explicit: per implecionem misterii uerbi incarnati cum Patre ... .Explicit postilla super secundum librum Machabeorum.

Fols. 106v-7v (between Judith and Isaiah) blank. Large blank spaces, for diagrams not executed, on fols. 231v-2, 235v-6v, 241v, 244, 245; f. 234v entirely blank (Ezech.). At the foot of f. 234 the scribe has written ‘Ista prescripcio ab illo signo precedente deberet scribi inter duas figuras subsequentes.’

Pr. Rome 1472 &c.; Glorieux, Théol. 345f; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5865-6, 5868, 5870-1, 5846-7, 5849, 5872, 5874, 5876, the Historia Susannae om., 5877, 5880, 5882-95.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: possumus cicius
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 342 leaves (iv + 338)
Dimensions (leaf): 380 × 235 mm.
Dimensions (written): 310 × 165 mm.
The edges retrimmed with loss of marginalia and spattered with red.


A4(1 and 4 canc.), 1-912, 1012(11 canc.), 11-2812; catchwords, often in patterned frames.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 65 lines.


The same anglicana hand as MS 163. At the foot of f. 106 is pencilled ‘Fower scor leues etiam xvii et [ ... ]’. Running heads in capitals.


Blue initials flourished in red, sometimes with 1-sided borders in the colours; blue initials flourished in red; red underlining.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on eight bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 336-8 are paper binding leaves, f. 338 from the same printed book as in MS 13. f. iii was a pastedown in an earlier binding. Near the foot of f. 335v are the marks of the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV ex. ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Part of a set with MSS 163, 165.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a note on the contents, ‘F. 7, 5’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 6. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 2. 11 (CLXIV)’ 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. 66; Powicke, no. 1228.