Merton College MS. 190
Former shelfmark: M. 1. 5
HUGH OF ST CHER ON THE APOCALYPSE; S. XIV2
Fols. i, ii blank. On f. iiv, in a rough French bookhand, s. xiv, which annotates the main text, ‘Prologus super Apocalipsim. Omnes qui pie uolunt uiuere in Christo ... hec est parabole Salomonis.’ Stegmüller, Bibl. 839; commonly found as a preface to this commentary.
Pr. as Thomas Aquinas in his Opera (Parma, 1869) 23. 325-511; Stegmüller, Bibl. 3771. Probably a genuine work of Hugh’s: R. E. Lerner in The Bible in the Medieval World; Essays in Memory of Beryl Smalley, ed. K. Walsh and D. Wood (Oxford, 1985), pp. 157-65.
in 3 cols.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines.
A proficient French gothic rotunda bookhand. The scribe’s running heads and catchwords are between specially ruled lines.
On f. 1 a red and blue initial with flourishing and 1-sided border in red, blue and violet; blue initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in violet; red or blue paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands (formerly on four); formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i and 114 were pastedowns in an earlier binding. Near the foot of f. 114 are the marks of two large chain-staples, one iron, the other brass. There were also once two straps and clasps.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in France.
f. iv: ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a uenerabili patre domino Thoma Tryllek’ episcopo Roffensi. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; ‘Postilla super apochalipsim’; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabilis patris Magistri Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis’; ‘.vi. uolumen.’ The first two are in Reed’s hand. For William Reed, fellow from 1344, still in 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. This was part of his bequest.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘F. 7, 12’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 5. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 1. 5’ in red and ‘(CXC)’ in pencil; the College bookplate.
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