Merton College MS. 171
Former shelfmark: M. 3. 8
PETER OF TARENTAISE; S. XIV in.
At the head of f. iv are the remains of an inscription of which at least a line was cropped by the binder: ‘que sunt necessaria predicatori uidelicet ad ro. x. in postille super illo Quomodo ergo inuocabit’. Below is ‘In isto uolumine continentur articula doctoris Nicholai Gorham super omnes epistolas Pauli ceriatim ut patet’, s. xiv. Below again, s. xvii, ‘A 1o Proverbiorum usque ad Baruch Gorrani opera furto uel dolo ex hac Bibliotheca ablata erant. [Another hand] pars quae superest ex reliquis extat inter libros minores in alia bibliothecae parte.
Fols. ivv-v blank.
Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6882-95, without the argumenta.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 64 lines; running heads between lines ruled across the page. Blocks of commentary alternate with short passages of text, written in larger script on alternate lines.
The gothic rotunda bookhand of William of Nottingham (for whom see MS 168). He occasionally annotates in anglicana.
Red and blue flourished initials; blue initials flourished in red; plain red initials, red or blue paraphs; red and blue chapter numbers in the margins and as running heads. At the ends of quires are pencilled the number of the coloured initials and paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from the usual position; ff. i-iii, 262-4 are paper binding leaves, fols. i-ii, 263-4 from the same printed book as in MS 11. Previously rebound in 1436-7. On f. iv are the marks of two straps.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in Oxford. Given to the College in 1374 by William Reed: UO49. 98. For Reed, see MS 8. Part of a set of ten volumes, of which eight survive: the others are MSS 166, 168-70, 172.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F. 3, 7’ (canc.) and contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 6. 11. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 3. 8 (CLXXI)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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