Merton College MS. 197
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 12
INDEXES; S. XIV in.
A sheet of paper has been pasted to fols. iv-ii with notes of s. xvii; f. iiv blank.
f. 38v blank.
In the order Pauline Epistles, Acts, Gospels, Apocalypse, Catholic Epistles. Also in MS 129 art. 3.
Beg. as Stegmüller, Bibl. 8729, listing two Continental copies. Bursill-Hall, 223. 33. 1, adds Prag, Knihovna Mtropolitni Kapituli, MS 1479.
On fols. 86-7 are ?sermon-notes in early pencil; fols. 87v-8v blank.
Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 8724, listing a single Continental copy.
Fols. 122-4v blank.
Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7445; Glorieux, Arts 411af-i; Kaeppeli 3521; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 564.
Ruled with pencil in 31-4 long lines except for arts. 4-5, in 2 cols.
Arts 1-2 in an English gothic rotunda bookhand; fols. 89-96v, 125-82 line 7 in an anglicana hand, succeeded by another to f. 197; fols. 97-121v in a less formal bookhand than the first. The scribes of arts 1-2 and fols. 125-97 provide running heads.
Red paraphs, highlighting and underlining. In art. 1 the keywords are in the margin in red.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On f. 198 are marks of two catches or clasps, and of a brass chain-staple at the foot.
Provenance and Acquisition
Bequeathed to the College by William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, for whom see MS 8. On f. i ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono reuerendi presulis magistri Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestr’. Oretis igitur pro eo et animabus omnibus fidelium defunctorum. X. uolumen.’ This is partly repeated on f. ii, in a hand of s. xvii.
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘283’ (?recte126), s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘F. 5, 12’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 12. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 1. 12 (CXCVII)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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