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

Merton College MS. 200

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 10



Language(s): Latin

On fol. 1 is a 4-line prayer, perhaps in the hand of the scribe of the main text.

(fols. 1–318v; 319rv blank)
GARNIER DE ROCHEFORT, Vocabularium Biblicum
Incipit: Angelus quandoque dicitur filius Dei
Explicit: Zona mortificatio carnis ...

Each alphabetical section is preceded by a list of the words.

PL 112. 849–1088; MSS listed by A. Wilmart, ‘Les allégories sur l’écriture attribuées à Raban Maur’, RB 32 (1920), 47–63; Stegmüller, Bibl. 2364.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: uel descendente
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 322 leaves (ii + 320)
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 125 × 75 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A singleton at each end, 1–2612, 276; the quires originally numbered at the end (mostly trimmed off).


Ruled with fine pencil in 33 long lines.


A single small, highly proficient English early gothic bookhand.


On fol. 2v is an 8-line blue initial A, with red, blue, and green penwork ornament.

Red or blue initials flourished in both colours; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour.

Plain red or blue initials and paraphs.

A pencil sketch of foliage ornament within a square frame, in the margin of fol. 43.


s. xix, replacing one of s. xvii; sewn on four bands. Fols. i, 320 are paper blanks from the previous binding. Fols. 1 and 319 were pastedowns in an earlier binding.


Origin: S. XIII in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England. On fol. iiv ‘Orate pro anima Thome Burstal capellani qui dedit istum librum Iohanni Brokholes capellano’, continued in another hand ‘qui Iohannes dedit Henrico Gairstang et idem Henricus dedit Collegio Marton’ in Oxonia ad orandum pro anima magistri Ricardi le Schrope [nuper ebor’ archiepiscopo over line] et animabus supradictis.’ Scrope (BRUO 1659–60) was executed in 1405.

Below is ‘Equiuoca nomina theologice cum exemplis’ and ‘li 5us’, c. 1500, showing that the book was then in a College electio.

Below again is ‘O. 8. 15 Art:’, s. ?xvii. The same shelf-mark is on fol. iv. ‘15’ is inked on the foredge.

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. 705; Alexander & Temple, no. 650.

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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