A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 185

Former shelfmark: A. 1. 4



Language(s): Latin

Fol. iv blank.

(fols. 1–246v)
HAIMO OF AUXERRE, Commentary on Isaiah
Rubric: Incipit prefacio Hamonis super Ysaiam prophetam.
Incipit: Isayas propheta nobili prosapia ortus filius fuit Amos
Incipit: Visio Ysayae ...; Mos et usitata consuetudo scriptorum
Explicit: de reproborum dampnacione sed de sua liberacione.
Final rubric: Explicit Haymo super Ysaiam.

PL 116. 715–1086; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3083.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et asinus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 252 leaves (iv + 249)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 145 mm.
Many leaves, especially the inner leaves of quires, are smaller and irregularly shaped due to the natural edge of the skin.


A singleton, 1–210, 312, 410, 58, 610, 78, 8–910, 10–128, 13–146, 15–208, 216, 22–58, 26–712, 2812(12 canc.); catchwords. fol. 200 is a small tipped-in slip of paper with four lines of notes in an anglicana hand of s. xv on the verso.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 25–7 lines. Running heads on specially ruled lines.


A large English gothic rotunda bookhand of medium quality.


Very little, diminishing in the course of the book: a few red initials flourished in blue, even fewer blue flourished in red; red (and a few blue) paraphs, underlining and highlighting.


s. xix, sewn on five bands. Fols. i-iii, 247–9 are modern paper blanks.


Origin: S. XIII-XIV ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the foot of fol. 246v is an erased inscription ‘Iste liber pertinet domino Roberto de Exylby capellano quem emebat de Iohanne Albane de Flasby lanc’ feria tertia in ebdª Pentecostes anno regni regis H. VI xiº prec’ ii marc R. O.’ The places are in Yorkshire, the year was 1433.

At the College by 1556: UO65. 168.

Near the foot of the foredge of fol. iv is a mark probably of a brass chain-staple. At the head of fol. 1 is a title and ‘F. 3, ?4’ (canc.), s. xvii. On fol. ivv is another title and ‘O. 7. 13. Art:’, s. xvii. Inside the front board is the College bookplate with ‘O. 7. 13’, s. xix, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 1. 4 (CLXXXV)’ 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. 74; Powicke, no. 1227.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-25: First online publication

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