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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: (fol. 20v) Incipit postilla super Ecclesiasten. Verba ecclesiastes. Sicut dictum fuit in principio libri prouerbiorum in tribus libris Salomonis traduntur tria
Incipit: (fol. 29v) Incipit postilla super cantica canticorum. Osculetur me &c. Expedito primo Salomonis libro in quo traduntur documenta
Incipit: (fol. 36v Sap.) Post libros historiales non canonicos magis tamen reputatos
Incipit: (fol. 49v) Incipit postilla super librum eclesiastici. Omnis sapientia a domino Deo est. Hic incipit liber ecclesiasticus qui primo fuit Hebraice scriptus
Incipit: (fol. 89) Incipit postilla super Secundum Esdre et cetera. Et fecit Iosias. Liber iste qui dicitur Esdre secundus uidetur magis ab alio doctore
Incipit: (fol. 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: (fol. 99v) Incipit postilla eiusdem super librum Iudith. Arphaxat. Itaque post historiam Susanne Bel et draconis
Incipit: (fol. 108 Is.) Ierusalem euuangelistam dabo. Ysa. 41. Secundum quod dicit beatus Ieronimus in epistola ad Paulinum
Incipit: (fol. 162v Ierem.) Prophetiam in gentibus dedi te. Verbum propositum scribitur Ieremie c. 1
Incipit: (fol. 198) Quomodo sedet. In precedentibus huius libri Ieremias prophetauit destructionem Ierusalem futuram
Incipit: (fol. 198v) Et hec sunt uerba libri. Post librum Thobie secundum ordinem temporis sequitur librum Baruch
Incipit: (fol. 203) Incipit hystoria super Susannam. Historia Sussanne contigit ante captiuitatem Babilonicam
Incipit: (fol. 205v) Hic incipit postilla super Ezechielem. Aperti sunt celi ...; In uerbo proposito ab Ezechiele dicto possunt notari quatuor cause libri
Explicit: (fol. 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: (fol. 273) Duodecim prophetarum ossa pululant de loco suo Eccl. xlix. Sicut in libro psalmorum psalmi a diuersis auctoribus compositi
Incipit: (fol. 312v) Sequitur historia libri Machabeorum. Et factum est. Post historiam libri Iudith quantum ad historias
Explicit: per implecionem misterii uerbi incarnati cum Patre ...
Final rubric: 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; fol. 234v entirely blank (Ezech.). At the foot of fol. 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 fol. 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, fol. 338 from the same printed book as in MS 13. fol. iii was a pastedown in an earlier binding. Near the foot of fol. 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.

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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