Merton College MS. 175
Former shelfmark: K. 3. 3
BEDE &c.; S. XV1
s. xv, as far as art. 14 in the hand of art. 9, then in another hand to art. 22. In place of art. 17 is ‘Item declaracio urbium et ciu’ que ponuntur in biblia ubique in quibus regionibus situantur et idem ponitur statim post O⟨meli⟩as et idem omnino post parabolas Salomonis et est declaracio Bede’.
Another table is on fol. i in a hand of s. xvii; fol. iv blank.
CPL 1345; CCSL 119A (1969), pp. 1-139.
CPL 2319; CCSL 123C (1980), pp. 617-26.
CPL 1348; CCSL 119A (1969), pp. 143-234.
CPL 1362; CCSL 121 (1983), pp. 179-342.
CPL 1357; CCSL 121 (1983), pp. 1-99.
CPL 2333; CCSL 121 (1983), pp. 167-78.
In the order i. 1-2, 5-6, 3-4, 7-12, 14, 19, 15, 18, Ambrosius Autpertus 2, Bede 17, 24, 22, 25, ii. 6, 1, i. 23, ii. 2, 4, i. 13 (to p. 91 line 99), then an interpolation found in other copies, ‘Nam iuxta quod reuerentissimus de eo papa Gregorius luculenti ueracissimoque memorat relatu ... si petentium fides exigat miraculis choruscat prestante ...’, the effect of which is to change the homily’s subject from Benedict Biscop to Benedict of Nursia, ii. 3, 5, (bk. II) ii. 7, 9, 8, 10, 13, 11-12, 14-20, i. 20, ii. 22, 21, 23-5, i. 21, 16, Bede, Super Marcum iii. 9 (Grégoire, p. 468).
CPL 1367; CCSL 122 (1955), pp. 1-378.
CPL 1347; CCSL 119 (1962), pp. 289-322.
CPL 1356; CCSL 120 (1960), pp. 1-425.
Capitula followed by the complete text of Cant. to fol. 201v.
CPL 1353; CCSL 119B (1983), pp. 165-375.
CPL 1351; CCSL 119B (1983), pp. 21-163.
= Isidore, Etym.. xvi. 25-6.
‘M. Iohannis Scherpe’ is scribbled in the upper margin of fol. 263.
Unpr.; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 315; one of three copies.
Unpr.; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 315; the unique copy.
Followed by two notes: (1) ‘⟨L⟩icet curacio funeris et condicio sepulture seu pompa exequiarum magis sint uiuorum consolacio quam subsidia mortuorum non tamen contempnenda et abicienda sunt corpora defunctorum ...’; (2) ‘Nota quod anno 13. natiuitatis sue beate uirgo in utero concepit filium suum ...’.
A series of extracts.
Ed. J. P. H. Clark and C. Taylor, Analecta Cartusiana 124 (Salzburg, 1987), pp. 179-214; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 316, 735; J. M. Russel-Smith, ‘Walter Hilton and a tract in defence of the veneration of images’, Dominican Studies 7 (1954), 180-214.
Unpr.; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 235, one of four copies.
PL 157. 670A-2; ed. K. P. Meith (Berlin, 1982); Diaz 893; Reinhardt 250-8.
The most recent authorities quoted are Aquinas, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, ‘Doctor solemnis’ (Henry of Ghent), Grosseteste and Bradwardine.
CPL 1358; CCSL 121 (1983), pp. 103-63.
Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols., written in c. 55-60 lines.
Several scribes, of widely varying competence: an anglicana hand fols. 1-96v; secretary, probably Continental, fols. 97-154; anglicana fols. 157-62v, 317v-25v; an extraordinarily rough and uncalligraphic cursive which annotates earlier on, with occasional short passages by the previous hand fols. 163-200 and art. 14; a highly proficient upright anglicana formata fols. 200v-56; similar, but forward-slanting and tremulous art. 13; an anglicana hand fols. 263-317.
Hardly any; unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics; art. 7 is rubricated; arts. 11-12 have rubrics and running heads in red.
Oxford, s. xvi in.: thick bevelled oak boards with slightly projecting squares, covered with blind-stamped brown calf, rebacked; resewn on five bands; formerly two straps from the front board to catches at the back, replaced s. xvii by cloth ties. Near the head of the rear cover were inked titles, of which ‘Opera quedam uenerabilis [Bedae]’ can still be read; below is ‘Liber ?.17.us’. Formerly chained from two positions at the foredge of the front board, near the foot; the lower one has not affected the front pastedown. Inside the back board are marks of the large brass chain-staple; these do not affect the leather cover. The binder who applied the cover was George Chastelaine (Oldham’s ‘Fruit and Flower Binder’), d. 1513, for whom see MS 119; here he used Oldham’s stamps 179, 180, 182, 184, 191, and the half-stamp Pearson 7.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of fol. i is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia ut incathenetur in libraria eiusdem ad communem utilitatem ibidem studere uolencium ex dono magistri Henrici Seuer sacre theologie professoris ac custodis domus predicte. Oretis igitur pro eo.’ For Sever, warden 1455-71, see MS 6.
At the head of the front pastedown is ‘B. lier. 17us’ in the usual hand (see above, MS 60). Further down is ‘O. 7. 3. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘K. 3. 3 (CLXXV)’ in red; the College bookplate.
Seen at Merton by John Bale (Appendix C, no. 6).
At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘229’, s. xvii in. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge.
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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