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Merton College MS. 197

Former shelfmark: C. 1. 12



Language(s): Latin

A sheet of paper has been pasted to fols. iv-ii with notes of s. xvii; fol. iiv blank.

1. (fols. 1–67v)
Subject-index to the New Testament
Incipit: Abba. Abba idem est quod pater
Explicit: (Xristum) Quere Deus.

fol. 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.

(fols. 68–72v)
An alphabetical subject-index

In early pencil

2. (fols. 73–85v)
Index to Proverbs
Incipit: Accidia. Accidia, accidiosi est uelle regnare
Explicit: (Ymago) quoniam anima est ad ymaginem Dei eccl. 17 a.

On fols. 86–7 are ?sermon-notes in early pencil; fols. 87v-8v blank.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 8724, listing a single Continental copy.

3. (fols. 89–190)
ROBERT KILWARDBY, Tabula super Originalia Patrum
Incipit: Intencio Augustini in libro primo de Trinitate; in primo de Trinitate facit prolocucionem Augustinus de quibusdam necessariis
Explicit: diligenter audiendus est

Fols. 122–4v blank.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7445; Glorieux, Arts 411af-i; Kaeppeli 3521; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 564.

4. (fols. 190–6v)
Tituli of PROSPER, Sententiae ex Operibus Augustini
Incipit: Liber Augustini qui intitulatur liber sententiarum Prosperi est particulatim et per clausulas ex diuersis eius operibus excerptus sicut mihi uidetur et sunt in eo tituli subscripti.
5. (fols. 196v-7; 197v-8v blank)
Tituli of JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, Quod Nemo laeditur nisi Seipso
Incipit: Crisostomus in libello que intitulat Quod nemo leditur nisi a seipso ostendit quod nemo uere leditur nisi a se

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: eos sequi
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 200 leaves (ii + 198)
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145–50 × 90–100 mm.
The edges retrimmed affecting some running heads, and spattered with red. Contemporary foliation in arabic numerals as far as 67.


A bifolium, 1–812, 98, 10–1210, 13–208.


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 fol. 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 fol. 198 are marks of two catches or clasps, and of a brass chain-staple at the foot.


Origin: S. XIV in ; script of English appearance.

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 fol. 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 fol. ii, in a hand of s. xvii.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘283’ (?recte 126), 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.

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, pp. 77–8; Powicke, no. 567.

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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