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Merton College MS. 211

Former shelfmark: N. 2. 9



Language(s): Latin

fol. i blank.

1. (fols. 1–87v)
Luke, glossed
Incipit: ⟨L⟩ucas natione Syrus
Incipit: ⟨Quoniam⟩ quidem multi conati sunt ...; Titulus [sic pro Vitulus] sacerdotalis hostia
Explicit: quando reuertatur a nuptiis Amen dico uobis super omnia

Stegmüller, Bibl. 620, 11829.

2. (fols. 88–140v)
John, glossed
Incipit: ⟨H⟩ic est Iohannes euuangelista
Incipit: ⟨In principio⟩ erat uerbum ...; Omnibus diuine scripture paginis euuangelium excellit
Incipit: Alii euuangeliste describunt Christum natum
Incipit: Beda. Contra eos qui propter temporalem natiuitatem dicebant Christum non semper fuisse
Incipit: In principio id est in Patre
Explicit: ante Mariam fuisse negabant

Stegmüller, Bibl. 624, 11830.

Copious annotation in pencil and ink, mainly to Luke, in English hands, but also in a neat Italian hand, perhaps that of Nicholaus de Velleio (see below). Chapter-numbers, in a rough later hand, as running heads in the top outer corner of each recto.

Most of the upper half of fol. 142 has been torn out; 142v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (text, fol. 3) -cis sue
Secundo Folio: (glo.) sim minstrantes
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 143 leaves (i + 142)
Dimensions (leaf): 365 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 230 × 210 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A bifolium (probably a quire of 4 lacking 2–3), 1–178, 184(+ 1 glued to 3); catchwords, mostly cropped.


Pricked for a written space of 230 × 210 mm. with 49 lines of gloss, divided into 5 cols., the two outermost left blank for later glossing. The actual written space is thus 155 mm., and the pricking allows for 3 and 5 different positions respectively for bounders 2 and 3. Ruled in fine pencil; the text, in larger script, on every second line. Text and gloss occupy 1–3 cols as required. Running heads are between lines ruled right across the page.


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

Annotations in English hands, and in a neat Italian hand, perhaps that of Nicholaus de Velleio.


Unfilled spaces for major initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; conspicuous red or blue paraphs with flourishing in both colours, extending into the margins with pretty leaf, fruit and daisy motifs; running heads in capitals of both colours.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding with wooden boards. fol. 141, glued to fol. 140v, appears to have been a pastedown, perhaps from another book. On fol. i are the marks of two foredge straps and of a brass chain-staple at the foredge near the foot. Rust-marks near the foot of fols. 140 and 142 are probably from another chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIII1 ; script of French appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

On the upper half of fol. iv are many erased or part-erased inscriptions, mostly pledge-notes: ‘Magister Nicholaus de Velleio recepit xx. solidos super librum istum in die S. Benedicti’; ‘Magister Nicholaus de Velleio recepit xx. solidos super librum istum in crastino S. Bernardi’; his name occurs in other erased notes; ‘Liber Hugonis de Stauntone emptus de Willelmo Horn’; ‘Prec’ 1 marca’. At the foot of fol. 1v is pencilled ‘Martyn Halle’ and, at the end of a long erasure, ‘M. Hugonis de Stantone’. Given or bequeathed by Hugh Staunton (BRUO 1768), fellow in 1324–5, still in 1346, still alive in 1349: UO47. 75. Nothing is otherwise known of Horne.

Redeemed by the College from the Rede chest on 7 Dec. 1493, restored to the library on 2 Aug. 1494 (Registrum, pp. 178, 184). It had been pledged by John Blackman (BRUO 194–5), fellow c. 1439–1443, d. 1495.

At the head of fol. 141, s. xv, ‘Crpxbk (cipher for Croxby?) Oxonia’.

On the mutilated fol. 142 is the remains of a ?stationer’s mark, and an erased inscription showing that it was in an electio: ‘iius de sorte Walpull et [gone]’. This was presumably John Walpole (BRUO 1968–9), fellow in 1398, still in 1416.

At the head of fol. 2 is the James no. ‘191’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘P. 1, 8 art:’, s. xvii, ‘P. 1. 8. Art:’ again, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 2. 9 (CCXI)’ in red. The College bookplate.

Merton College MS. 211 - flyleaf (fol. 141)


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 141)
A civil law text,

with very wide margins for glossing.

A leaf from another book, with the leaf-number 5.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200 × 115 mm.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 36 lines.


Written in an English rotunda bookhand; blue initials flourished in red; plain red or blue initials and paraphs.


Origin: s. xiii ex. ; script of English appearance.

Additional Information

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. 82; Powicke, no. 219.

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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