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Merton College MS. 188

Former shelfmark: M. 1. 3



Language(s): Latin

For ex libris information on the originally blank fol. 1rv see below. Pasted to fol. 1v is a piece of parchment cut probably from the original front pastedown, with a table of contents, s. xv. Another table of contents is s. xvii.

1. (fols. 2–215v)
NICHOLAS TREVET OP, Commentary on Leviticus
Incipit: In Dei nomine filio sibi carissimo Nicolao Treueth
Incipit: Cum receptam gratiam debeamus in alterutrum ministrare
Incipit: Venerabili patri fratri Aymerico magistro ordinis fratrum predicatorum frater Nicolaus Treueth
Incipit: Expositioni librorum legis Mosaice, cuius complementum in cumulum meritorum paterna potestate mihi iniunxistis
Rubric: Incipit exposicio fratris Nicolai Treueth de ordine predicatorum super Leuiticum
Incipit: Pone terminos circa montem et sanctifica illum. Ex xix. libri legis ut testatur glossa Esicii in principio Leuitici diuisi sunt, cum historia tempore indiuisa sit
Explicit: in monte Sine (Levit. 27: 34) scilicet qui infirmi et non capaces erant misterii Dei. Cui est honor ...

The unique copy, unpr.; Kaeppeli 3133; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6035; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 394.

2. (fols. 215v-18)
?NICHOLAS TREVET OP, De Computo Hebraeorum
Rubric: Incipit compotus Hebreorum
Incipit: Expleta exposicione Leuitici in quo legalium sollemnitatum institutionis tamen est conuenienter
Explicit: (fol. 217) hoc defessis et compoto Hebreorum ad presens dicta sufficiant. Hoc opus est factum / scriptor tenuit bene pactum.

The unique copy, unpr.; Kaeppeli 3134; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 396. Fols. 217v-18 are occupied by a table illustrating dates of Hebrew religious feasts.

3. (fols. 218v-49v)
Incipit: Reuerendi patri ac domino honorando domino Iohanni dei gratia Bathoni et Wellensi episcopo frater Nicholaus Treueth ordinis predicatorum
Incipit: Mundane machine fundamenta
Incipit: Fons sapientie uerbum Dei
Incipit: Racio a qua nomen misse trahitur
Explicit: procedere usque ad finem ad laudem et honorem domini nostri Iesu Christi qui ...

fol. 250rv blank but for faint notes in pencil.

One of seven known copies, unpr.; Kaeppeli 3242; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 396.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: transgredi non
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 256 leaves (iii + 253)
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 185 mm.
Dimensions (written): 235 × 145 mm.
All edges retrimmed.


A singleton, 1–812, 912(+ a slip after 10), 10–1312(+ a slip after 9), 14–2012, 218(8 canc.); pencilled leaf-numbers, catchwords.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 40–3 lines.


A low-grade gothic rotunda bookhand, using a thick nib and very black ink.


On fols. 2, 3v modest gold initials on pink and blue with partial vine-leaf borders; blue initials flourished in red; blue or red paraphs; rubrication and lemmata underlined in red.


s. xix; sewn on seven bands. On fol. 1 are marks of clasps at head and foot, two on the foredge. On fol. 250 are faint marks from the large iron chain-staple. Fols. i-iii, 251–3 are modern paper blanks.


Origin: S. XIV in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England, given to Merton College in or soon after 1376.

On fol. 1, s. xiv, ‘Caucio fratris Nicholai de Steningtone exposita apud Sanctam Frideswidam pro Beda de gestibus Anglorum (in another hand) et pertinet ad ch pro 3 ’.

On fol. 1v ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato Magistri Ioh’ Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus’. For John Reynham, fellow 1335–58, d. 1376, see MS 18. Nothing further is known of Stenington (BRUO 1771).

Seen at Merton by John Bale (Appendix C, no. 33). Also on fol. 1v are ‘O. 8. 3. Art.’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced by ‘M. 1. 3 (CLXXXVIII)’ in red; the College bookplate.

At the head of fol. 2 is the James no. ‘148’ (recte 147), s. xvii in.

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. 75; Powicke, no. 355; Alexander & Temple, no. 273.

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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