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

Merton College MS. 186

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 2



Language(s): Latin

fol. irv, iiv-iii blank. On fol. iiiv is a table of contents contemporary with the main text.

1. (fols. 1–111)
IACOBUS DE VORAGINE OP, Tabula super Historias Bibliae
Rubric: Incipit tabula fratris Iacobi Ianuensis sacre theologie doctoris ordinis fratrum predicatorum super historias biblie
Incipit: Abstinencia caro domatur
Explicit: (Zelus) et eciam uerbum passio per totum ....
Final rubric: Explicit tabula Ianuensis fratris ordinis predicatorum et doctoris sacre theologie super sacram scripturam secundum ordinem alphabeti cuius anime propicietur Deus omnipotens.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3998, 1; Bloomfield 0122.

2. (fols. 112–225v)
ROBERT HOLCOT OP, Commentarius super Librum Sapientiae, abbrev.
Incipit: Abrahe triplex est beneficium uidelicet prelacio, conuersacio, propagacio
Explicit: (Xtus) est aliis uita illius. Require supra inuidia.
Final rubric: Explicit Holcot abbreuiatus super Sapientiam.

The full text pr. Cologne [not after 1476] &c.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7416, 9; Kaeppeli 3497. This abbreviation is also in BL Roy. 2 F. vii, fols. 79–165.

226v-9v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: uideat in
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 233 leaves (iii + 229)
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 120 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A4(4 canc.), 1–288, 294(lacks 3–4), B4(1 canc.); quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form; framed catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols, written in c. 38 lines.


One small, proficient anglicana hand.


On fol. 1 two blue initials flourished in red; otherwise plain red or blue initials.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Near the foredge of fol. ii, near the foot, is the mark of a chain-staple; this does not occur on fol. i because a portion of the leaf has been torn away at this point. Near the foot of fol. 229 are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding.


Origin: S. XV ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. ii is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton ex dono Magistri Henrici Seuer sacre pagine professoris ac custodis eiusdem incathenatus ad communem usum sociorum in libraria studere uolentium anno Domini M CCCC lxvi.’

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘166’, s. xvii. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘F. 2, 4’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 1. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 1. 2. (CLXXXVI)’, in red; the College bookplate.

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. 948.

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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