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Merton College MS. 199

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 18



Language(s): Latin

fol. irv blank. Written sideways up fol. iiv, partly mutilated, is ‘ continentur Abbreuiacio seu Reportorium doctoris subtilis super .4. libros sentenciarum | quedam q⟩uestio de bona fortuna. Eciam quedam alia questio Vtrum paradisus &c. | tres quaterni 2º fº sci(bi)le habet esse in intellectu.’

(fols. 1–120)
NICHOLAS BONET OFM, Theologia Naturalis
Incipit: Motor immobilis similiter. Primus cum de numero studentium et scribentium participem
Incipit: Primus autem in hac nostra theologia naturali est stabilire subiectum
Explicit: concedat sibi uniri et eo frui in eternum. Amen amen amen. Explicit liber.

Pr., with other works of his, Venice 1505.

(fols. 120–1v)
An index
Explicit: Amen quod Browne. Explicit theologia naturalis magistri Nicolai Boneti ordinis fratrum minorum scripta et finita.
(fols. 122–3v)

On fol. 122, sideways in a rough hand of c. 1500, is ‘Versor(?) glosat’ abbreuiacio super 4or libros.’ Also, in an earlier hand, ‘do(min)us T. Wynton’. Tewkysbury abbas’. Fols. 122v-3v blank but for a faint pen trial at the head of 123v.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -sistens
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 125 leaves (ii + 123)
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 85 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A bifolium at each end, 114(lacks 1), 2–614, 7–812, 914; catchwords and leaf-numbers, mostly trimmed off.


Frame-ruled with crayon, written in c. 32 long lines.


Written in the small neat anglicana-scretary of Browne. At the head of fol. 1 he has written ‘Sancte Bartholomee funde preces’.


On fol. 1 is a red and blue initial flourished in red; otherwise blue initials flourished in red as far as fol. 13; thereafter unfilled spaces for coloured initials.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. At the foot of fols. i and ii, near the foredge, parchment has been removed, probably to tidy up the rent left by a chain-staple.


Origin: S. XV2 ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. iiv ‘B lier.5us.’ in the usual hand (see above, MS 60). Beneath is ‘Liber collegii’, in the same humanist hand as that of the inscriptions in the books given by Thomas Bloxham (e.g. MS 69). Immediately below is a table of contents, possibly in the same hand.

On fol. ii are ‘18’ and ‘30us liber’, c. 1500, the second at least presumably referring to a College electio.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘184’, s. xvii in.

‘14’ is inked on the foredge.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents and ‘F. 7, 12’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 5. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘M. 1. 5’ in red and ‘(CXC)’ in pencil; 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. 78; Powicke, no. 990.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-31: First online publication

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