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

Merton College MS. 202

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 17



Language(s): Latin

fol. iv blank.

1. (fols. 1-50; 50v blank)
BONAVENTURE, Breuiloquium Pauperis seu Compendium Sacrae Scripturae
Incipit: Flecto genua mea ad Patrem Domini nostri
Explicit: donec intrem in gaudium Domini mei qui ...

At the head of fol. 1 is ‘Bonauentura super octo libros flecta genua’, s. xv.

BO 5. 201-91; Distelbrink 1; Glorieux, Théol. 305k.

2. (fols. 51-83v)
SIMON OF HINTON OP, Summa Iuniorum
Incipit: Ad instructionem iuniorum quibus non uacat opusculorum uariorum prolixitatem perscrutari
Explicit: positus in uia morum.

Unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 302w; Stegmüller, Sent. 815; Bloomfield 0245; Kaeppeli 3600; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 615.

On fols. 83v-4v are theological notes in an early anglicana hand, with the common prophetical verses ‘Gallorum leuitas Germanos iustificabit’ (at least 11 lines, cropped at the foot; WIC 7015).

On the rest of fol. 84v, and 85-8v, are faint early pencil notes.

Over them is written on fol. 84v, s. xvi in., ‘Sancti Edmundi archiepiscopi prophetia de antichristo. | Cum fuerunt anni completi mille ducenti | et ceterum decies post partum uirginis alme | tunc antichristus regnabit demone plenus’

on fol. 87v the date 1325 and ‘morbus signa cibus blasphemia dogma fuerunt cause cur Dominum turba secuta fuit’, s. xv; next to it is the name ‘Notingham’.

fol. 89 is blank; on the verso is a note in a very tiny cursive hand, s. xv ex. fol. 91rv is blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: propter exempla
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 94 leaves (ii + 91, incl. 73A)
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 85-95 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A singleton at each end, 1-412, 514, 6-712, 84.


Ruled with crayon in 40 long lines.


A small English gothic rotunda bookhand.


Plain red initials and paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. ii and 90 are paper binding leaves. Fols. i and 91 are ruled parchment. On fol. 89 (but not on 91) are marks perhaps from an iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIII ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England; it is not known when it entered the College prior to s. xvii in.

On fol. i is a title and ‘O. 8. 17 Art:’, the latter canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 17 (CCII)’ in red. Inside the front board is 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. 79; Powicke, no. 1219.

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