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Merton College MS. 209

Former shelfmark: N. 1. 7



Language(s): Latin

iv-ii blank.

1. (fols. 1–80)
ISAIAH, glossed
Incipit: Nemo cum prophetas ...; Visio Ysaie ...; Ieronimus. Visio Ysaie &c. Prouida in quo significantur due tribus
Explicit: ineffabili pena.

fol. 80v, originally blank, covered with later notes, mostly in pencil.

Stegmüller, Bibl. 482, 11807.

2. (fols. 81–109)
DANIEL, glossed
Incipit: Danielem prophetam ⟨non⟩ iuxta lix. interpretes ...; Dixerat enim Origenes illam historiam hebraice scriptam
Incipit: Ioachim filius Iosie frater Sellum
Incipit: Sciendum est autem nullum prophetam tam aperte de Christo scripsisse ut iste
Incipit: Anno tercio regni sui &c. Occiso Iosia a Pharaone Nechao
Incipit: Contra Danielem xii. librum scribit Porphirius
Incipit: Ieronimus. Danielem non iuxta lix. interpretes
Incipit: Anno tercio regni ...; In anno tercio r. &c. Qui et Elyachim qui regnauit in Iuda
Explicit: que loquiturus sum ut facerem eis.

Stegmüller, Bibl. 11812.

3. (fols. 109v-206v)
JEREMIAH, glossed
Incipit: Ceteri prophete ut Ysaias Osee Iohel fuerunt ante captiuitatem
Incipit: Ieronimus ad Eusebium. Quia uolumen longissimum et in plerisque historia manifesta
Incipit: Gregorius. Officium predicationis alii laudabiliter appetunt
Incipit: Verba Ieremie ...; Post exordium uaticinationis Ieremie
Explicit: nec uenie locus erit.
Final rubric: Sufficiant hec ad expositionem Lamentationum Ieremie quod de fontibus patrum hausi ego Gillebertus Autisiodorensis ecclesie diaconus.

Fols. 207–8v blank but for pencil notes on fols. 207rv and 208v.

Stegmüller, Bibl. 11808.

4. (fols. 209–83)
EZECHIEL, glossed
Incipit: Ezechiel propheta cum Ioachim rege Iude captiuus ductus est
Incipit: Origenes. Non omnis captiuus propter peccatum suum captiuus
Incipit: Non de longinquo sed de proximo
Incipit: Et factum est ...; Gregorius. Vsus prophetice locutionis est

Stegmüller, Bibl. 11811.

Fols. 283v-4 are covered with faint pencil notes; 285 blank. On fol. 285v are notes of s. xiii ex. on biblical passages. Marginal annotation in ink and pencil throughout, especially heavy to arts 1–2, in which two English hands of s. xiii ex. can be distinguished.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (text) coram uobis
Secundo Folio: (glo.) et templum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 287 leaves (ii + 285)
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 190 × 130 mm.
The edges retrimmed with loss of marginalia, and stained red.


A bifolium at each end, 1–358, 364(4 canc.); the quires numbered at the end; catchwords.


Ruled with pencil for 50 lines of gloss, mostly in 3 cols of varying width, the text, in larger script on alternate lines, in the centre, but spilling into 2 or all 3 cols.


A single, expert English early gothic bookhand throughout.


Red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials highlighted or flourished in the other colour; plain red or blue initials, red or blue paraphs introduce passages of gloss, associated with initials in the other colour; two-colour chapter-nos in the margins and running heads.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The front leaves have marks of clasps at head and foot, of two straps at the leading edge, and of a brass chain-staple near the foot of the foredge. fol. i was a pastedown in an earlier binding.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to the College by John of Monmouth (BRUO 1295), chancellor of Oxford 1290–1, canon of Lincoln Cathedral, bishop of Llandaff &c., d. 1323. On fol. ii ‘Liber scolarium de Merton’’, s. xiv. On fol. 285v ‘De dono domini Iohannis de Monemue prec’ marc’’: UO47. 52. Also ‘13’, probably an electio number, pen-trials of s. xv, incl. ‘Chambre I’, presumably John Chamber (BRUO 385–6), fellow 1495–1508, physician to Henry VII c. 1506 and Henry VIII 1509–1546, d. 1549. Other inscriptions have been thoroughly erased. On fol. i, reversed, ‘de electione Duffeld’, and ‘.10.’ On fol. iiv ‘24 Eland’. For William Duffield, see MS 91; John Eland (BRUO 633) was fellow in 1411, until 1420.

On fol. 284v ‘Cautio M. Thome Gauge exposita in cista Chycheley 15 die Decembris et habet supplementum 2 fo. transeundi et iacet pro xl. s.’, the year 1445 above, canc. and renewed in the Rede chest, 6 Jan. 1449. The supplement was UO47. 196, a copy of Augustine’s Confessions given by John Staveley, now lost. Both books were redeemed by the College on 7 Dec. 1493 and restored to the library on 2 Aug. 1494 (Registrum, pp. 178, 184). For Thomas Gawge, see MS 43.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with the contents and ‘P. 1. 6. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 1. 7 (CCIX)’ 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, p. 81; Powicke, no. 57.

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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