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

Merton College MS. 195

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 13



Language(s): Latin

fols. i-ii blank.

(fols. 1–65v; 66–7v blank.)
IACOBUS DE THERAMO, Consolatio Peccatorum
Incipit: Vniuersis Christi fidelibus atque ortodoxe sancte matris ecclesie cultoribus
Incipit: Adaperiet Dominus cor uestrum ...; Quia de magnis periculis ab eo liberati
Explicit: (fol. 66) per palmam uictorie per quam Ille cuius est regnum omnium seculorum ...
Incipit: Letetur querencium Dominum quia Ipse tanquam sponsus
Explicit: deuotas oraciones effundant amen. Datum Auerse prope Neapolym die penultimo mensis Octobris quarta indictione anno Domini millesimo ccc. nonagesimo quarto pontificatus ... Bonifacii sacrosancte ac uniuersalis ecclesie pape noni pontificatus eius anno quarto et etatis mee anno xxxiii que etas in homine peccatrix semper habetur et peccatorum plena licet Deus precanti in eadem etate et penitenti libentissime parcat ... magnificenciam tuam et conuersus consolatus es me qui nos perducat ....
Final rubric: Istud opus nominatur Consolacio peccatorum.

There is a considerable marginal apparatus in the same hand as the main text.

Pr. Augsburg 1472 &c.; Bloomfield 3997, many copies.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: est iste rex
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 70 leaves (ii + 68)
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 195 × 125 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed affecting marginalia, and spattered with red.


A bifolium, 1–88, 94; catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form, mostly cropped.


Frame-ruled with fine pencil in c. 46 long lines.


A single anglicana hand.


On fol. 1 is a blue initial flourished in red; otherwise only red paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding. Near the foot of fol. 67 are the marks of the large brass chain-staple. There were once two brass pins at the back.


Origin: S. XV ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. iiv is ‘Liber domus de Mertone ex dono M. Roberti Wyghte anno Domini M. CCCC lxviii’. For Wyght, see MS 20.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘192’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a slip of paper with titles and ‘F. 6. 9’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 10. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 1. 13 (CXCV)’ 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. 77; Powicke, no. 973.

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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