Merton College MS. 191
Former shelfmark: M. 1. 6
PETER OF CORNWALL, PART I; S. XIII1
Fols. iii-ivv blank.
Unpr. except for the prologue, pr. R. W. Hunt, ‘English Learning in the Late Twelfth Century’, in Essays in Medieval History, ed. R. W. Southern (London, 1968), pp. 124–8; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 425–6.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 61 lines. The elaborate frame provides for the marginal apparatus. Written above top line.
A single small English early gothic bookhand.
Large red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; running heads in red capitals.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired, rebacked and resewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 288–9 are modern paper binding leaves. Fols. 286–7 are leaves from the binding of s. xvii, cut down from the same printed book as in MS 19. fol. iii, once a pastedown in an earlier binding, has the mark of a single foredge strap.
Provenance and Acquisition
Given to the College in July 1486 (UO56. 2) by John Gygur, warden 1471–83, d. 1504, for whom see MS 98. The first volume of a set of three, MS 192 being the second. Nine leaves are all that remain of vol. III (part IV), now mounted in Merton College E. 3. 5. The book was evidently cut up and used in College bindings in the late sixteenth century. It is already absent from the 1556 List (UO65).
At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘136’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘G. 2, 5’ and ‘O. 8. 6. Art:’, s. xvii, both canc. and replaced by ‘M. 1. 6. (CXCI)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge.
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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