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Merton College MS. 173

Former shelfmark: K. 3. 1



Language(s): Latin

fol. iv blank. On the verso, in outsize ornamental script, ‘Prima pars Florum Bede’, repeated in a smaller hand; a title in a hand of s. xvii.

(fols. 1–135v; 136rv blank)
FLORUS OF LYONS, Commentary on the Pauline Epistles (Rom., I Cor.)
Incipit: Ex libro de spiritu et littera. Paulus apostolus. Qui cum Saulus prius uocaretur non ob aliud quantum michi uidetur
Explicit: (fol. 96) immobilitate atque immutabilitate nature
Incipit: Paulus uocatus apostolus ...; Paulus primo Saulus hoc est primo superbus post humilis
Explicit: donec Dominus redeat. Explicit exposicio in epistola ad Corynthios prima. Quod Gosmer.

PL 119. 279–352; Stegmüller, Bibl. 2276–8.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: homo factus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 143 leaves (iv + 139)
Dimensions (leaf): 380 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 170 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


A singleton, 1–178; framed catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 49 lines.


Written in the elegant Continental cursive of Gosmer (quite similar to the hand of MSS 150–1), who is otherwise unknown. Lemmata are in red. The works of Augustine excerpted are identified in the margins.


On fols. 1 and 96 9-line Ps in colours with foliage on a square ground, with acanthus-leaf borders, the first full, the second 3-sided; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs for the running heads. At the foot of fol. 136v, in tiny writing, ‘De paragraffis 355 | De litteris biss’ flor’ 822’.


s. xix, sewn on five bands. Fols. i-iii and 137–9 are paper endleaves from this binding.


Origin: S. XV 3/4 ;

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. ivv‘Ex dono magistri Ricardi Fitz James sacre theologie professoris nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius Collegii de Mertone cuius anime propicietur Deus amen’, in the usual hand, which annotates (fol. 37v) and adds chapter-numbers in the margin and as running heads. For Richard Fitzjames, warden 1485–1507, see MS 9. His arms are added in the border on fol. 1. The usual label under horn with his title, ex dono and arms, formerly on the rear board, is now mounted inside the front.

On fol. ivv is ‘O. 7. 1. Art:’, s. xvii, and the College bookplate. At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘221’, s. xvii in. ‘13’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is another bookplate with ‘O. 7. 1’ (s. xix), canc. and replaced with ‘K. 3. 1 (CLXXIII)’ in red.

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. 68; Powicke, no. 1184; Römer 2. 307; Alexander & Temple, no. 598, pl. XXXV.

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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