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Merton College MS. 193

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 2



Language(s): Latin

fol. i is blank; on the verso is ‘Exposicio in psalmos per Petrum priorem ecclesiae Floreffiensis et ordinis praemonstratensis’, s. xvii, doubtless copied from an earlier inscription now lost.

(fols. 1–332v; 333–4v blank.)
PETER OF HERENTHALS, Commentary on the Psalter
Incipit: Patri reuerendo dominoque meo carissimo domino Iohanni de Archel
Incipit: Pater karissime cum rem quamlibet honestatis splendore perspicuam
(fols. 5v-6v blank)
Incipit: Beatus uir ...; Psalterium est quasi magna domus que habet plures cubiculos
Explicit: (fol. 331) et intellectus humiliter obedire ad laudem
Rubric: (fol. 331v) Incipit exposicio super sex psalmos canticorum
Incipit: Confitebor ...; Iste est primus psalmus canticorum
Explicit: (ends impf. in the Canticum Hezechiae = Is. 39: 10–20) ad destruendum Ierusalem et per nuncios ||

Pr. Cologne 1473 &c.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6616.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: asserunt omnes
Secundo Folio: (fol. 8) literam intendas
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 335 leaves (i + 334)
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170 × 105 mm.
The edges retrimmed and stained red.


A4(lacks 2–4), 16, 2–328, 3310, 34–418, 428(lacks 5–6); catchwords.


Ruled with ink in 2 cols of 41 lines. Psalm-numbers as running heads.


A single proficient English hand to fol. 331, writing bastard anglicana. Another of the same thereafter.


English: 7-line initials in colours and gold, with foliage and full borders, on fols. 1, 7, 256 (Ps. 109); 6-line initials with 3-sided borders fols. 54v (Ps. 26), 84v (Ps. 38), 119v (Ps. 50), 121 (Ps. 52), 159v, 160 (Pss. 68–9), 192v (Ps. 80), 226v (Ps. 97); blue initials flourished in red, 3-line to begin Psalms, 1-line to begin verses; lemmata in red; auctoritates underlined and highlighted in red.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding. At the foot of fol. i is the mark of a brass chain-staple; on fol. 334 are the marks of two strap-pins.


Origin: S. XV 2/4 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England, a high-quality, commercial product.

Bequeathed by Robert Elyot, fellow of All Souls College, d. 1498, for whom see MS 46. The book was received in the library on 5 August 1499 (Registrum, p. 235).

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘F. 2, 3’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 8. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 2 (CXCIII)’ 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. 76; Powicke, no. 1131; Alexander & Temple, no. 475.

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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