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Merton College MS. 169

Former shelfmark: M. 1. 9


Physical Description

Two originally independent volumes, of which I became fragmentary, and was probably bound with II s. xvii.
Secundo Folio: non edificio
Secundo Folio: (fol. 26) luminoso
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 401 leaves (ii + 399)
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 215 mm.


1–212/ 3–2912, 3018, 31–212, 338(8 canc.); catchwords. Quires lost before 1 and after 2.


The neat anglicana hand of William of Nottingham (for whom see MS 168). On fol. 152v is a note by Thomas Gascoigne (Ball, Gascoigne, p. 137).


Red and blue flourished initials with 1-sided bar borders; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red and blue running heads and marginal chapter-numbers. At the foot of fol. 366v is pencilled a calculation of the number of coloured initials in the book.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii and 398–9 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 11. A faint mark near the foot of fol. 397v is probably from the large iron chain-staple. Another near the foredge of fol. 25, towards the foot, is probably from a post-medieval iron chain-staple.


Provenance and Acquisition

Given to the College as two separate volumes by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 92–3, part of a set of ten volumes of which eight survive: the others are MSS 166, 168, 170–2. For Reed, see MS 8. I originally contained the commentaries on the Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes as well. The secundo folio does not match the entry in Reed’s list (materialis), and yet the record of its rebinding in 1436–7 (Appendix B, no. 95) suggests that the commentary on Proverbs was, at least by then the first major item in the book.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F. 4, 5’ (canc.) and a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 6. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 1. 9 (CLXIX)’ in red; the College bookplate.

Merton College MS. 169 – Part I (fols. 1–24v)


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1–24v)
Ps.-NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Commentary on Proverbs
Incipit: Videbam coram me ...; Secundum Ieronimum super Ecclesiasten tribus nominibus uocatus est Salomon
Explicit: (ends impf. in 15: 26) firmabitur ab eo s. domino (catchwords et ad finem debitum)

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5752.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 245 × 155 mm.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 55 lines.


Origin: S. XIV ; England, Oxford

Merton College MS. 169 – Part II (fols. 25–397v)


Language(s): Latin

2. (fols. 25–82)
Ps.-NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Commentary on Ezechiel
Rubric: Introductio in Ezechielem.
Incipit: De forti ...; Vt dicit Gregorius Nazianzenus in Apologetico suo
Explicit: et nostrorum appetituum satietas s. consumata, cui

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5771.

3. (fols. 81–125v)
Ps.-NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Commentary on Daniel
Rubric: Incipit introductio in librum Danielis prophete.
Incipit: Verbum reuelatum ...; Sicut dicit Anselmus Monologion cap. 9
Explicit: beati Dei sui ad quam patriam ...

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5772.

4. (fols. 125v-375v)
Ps.-NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Commentary on the Minor Prophets
Rubric: Incipit introductio in expositionem duodecim prophetarum.
Incipit: Duodecim prophetarum ...; Vt testatur Gregorius Nazianzenus in Apologeticum
Explicit: separati eternaliter ululabunt.
Final rubric: Expliciunt postille gloria Deo.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl 5775.

5. (fols. 375v-97; 397v blank)
Ps.-NICHOLAS GORRAN OP, Commentary on Maccabees
Incipit: Tantummodo esto ...; Hec auctoritas directa ad literam
Explicit: scilicet ad captiuitatem factam per Romanos.
Final rubric: Expliciunt libri Machabeorum. In hoc uolumine continetur expositio super Ezechielem, Danielem, xii prophetas sc. Osee ... et super libros Machabeorum, quo qui usi sunt rogent pro anima domini Hugonis de Notingham, qui expensas in omnibus exhibuit circa scripturam et etiam pro anima fratris Willelmi de eadem per cuius laboriosam diligenciam erat scriptum.

Followed by two erased lines of pencil, apparently in the same hand.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 5776.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 225 × 145 mm.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 53 lines.


Origin: S. XIV ; England, Oxford

Additional Information

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. 67; Powicke, no. 551.

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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