Merton College MS. 167
Former shelfmark: K. 3. 4
NICHOLAS GORRAN ON PSALMS; S. XIII ex.
On f. vv ‘Gorham super spalterium’, s. xv. f. virv is blank.
Sporadic pecia-numbers, the last visible xxxiiii on the first leaf of quire 21.
Pr. Frankfurt 1617; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5750.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 58 lines. Blocks of commentary alternate with short passages of text, written in larger script on alternate lines.
French gothic rotunda bookhands of slightly Italian appearance.
Unfilled spaces for initials; rubrics and red highlighting and underlining of lemmata, omitted after quire 16.
Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked; sewn on eight bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-iv, 347-9 are paper binding leaves, the two outermost modern, the others s. xvii; the two outermost of these are from the same printed book as in MS 11. f. v was a pastedown in an earlier binding. At the foot of f. v is the mark of an iron chain-staple; on the foredge are the marks of two straps. Fainter marks near the foot of f. 466v are probably from the large iron chain-staple. Either this or MS 168 was rebound in 1436-7: Appendix B, no. 95.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. v ‘Liber scolarium domus de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato M. Willelmi de Burnel prec’’. At the head of f. 1, s. xv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato Magistri Willelmi de Burnell’. For Burnell, dean of Wells 1292-5, d. 1304, see MS 14. UO47. 30, ‘in libraria’.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F. 3, 4’ (canc.) and the contents, s. xvii, ‘O. 6. 7. Art:’, canc. and replaced by ‘K. 3. 4 (CLXVII)’ in washed-out red ink renewed in pencil; the College bookplate. ‘9’ was inked on the foredge, then scraped off.
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