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Merton College MS. 210

Former shelfmark: N. 2. 8



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iirv blank; fol. iii is covered with faint early pencil notes.

(fols. 1–97v)
Minor Prophets, glossed (Glossa Ordinaria)
Incipit: (text) Non idem ordo ...; Temporibus Ozie ...; (Os.) Verbum Domini quod factum est ...
Explicit: (Mal.) et percutiam anathemata amen.
Incipit: (gloss) Ordo prophetarum secundum lxx. talis est ...; Ier. Osee interpretatur saluator
Explicit: in Christum religione consentient.

In the outer margins chapter-numbers were added early on, and verse-numbers in arabic numerals (running continuously through each book) in a small neat hand, s. xiii ex. The same or a similar hand has added occasional extra marginal glosses.

Stegmüller, Bibl. 500, 507, 11813–24.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (text) Verbum domini
Secundo Folio: (glo.) Ier. Osee
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 101 leaves (iii + 98)
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 240 mm.
Pricked for a written space of
Dimensions (written): 210 × 165 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A bifolium, 1–118, 1210(lacks 10).


With 4 cols 35, 45, 45 and 30 mm. wide, and 48 lines of gloss; the text, in larger script, on every second line. The pencilled ruling adds more lines for glossing and adjusts the position of the 2nd and 3rd bounding lines (i.e. altering the width of cols 1–3) ad hoc; the outermost col. was left blank and unruled for additional glossing. Running heads are between specially ruled lines. Text and gloss occupy 1–3 cols as required.


A single expert early gothic bookhand of the type usual in glossed books, probably English.


Handsome 9–12-line initials in colours on burnished gold grounds, in ‘Channel Style’ (curling foliage and elongated beasts): fols. 1, 2v (standing nimbed prophet with book, blessing), 22, 29 (seated nimbed prophet with scroll, blessing), 41v (seated nimbed prophet with scroll), 44, 48, 56v (seated nimbed prophet with scroll), 61v, 66v, 72, 75v, 92v. Red or blue initials flourished in the other colour or both; small plain red or blue initials; running heads in capitals of both colours.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i and 98 are blank paper binding leaves. On fol. ii, formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding, is the mark of a brass chain-staple, at the foredge near the foot. There was once a single foredge strap.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Similar to MS 287. On fol. iii is a thoroughly-erased 1-line inscription. On fol. iiiv ‘Librum iste dedit ad communem utilitatem omnium in hac sacra bibliotheca studentium Ricardus Fitz James sacre theologie minimus professor et nuper custos istius collegii de Mertone. Cuius anime propicietur Deus amen. Et continet communem glosam super duodecim prophetas minores.’ At the foot of fol. 97v ‘Liber Magistri Ricardi Fitz James sacre theologie professoris / emptus per eundem ultimo die Ianuarii anno Christi 1481 / prec’ vi s. viii d.’ Fitzjames, warden 1483–1507, for whom see MS 9, gave it to the College in 1494. It was placed in the library on 2 Aug. (Registrum, p. 184).

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no.‘197’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘P. 1, 7 art:’, s. xvii, and ‘P. 1. 7. Art:’ again, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 2. 8 (CXX)’ 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. 81–2; Powicke, no. 1113; Alexander & Temple, no. 175, pl. IX.

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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