Merton College MS. 211
Former shelfmark: N. 2. 9
LUKE AND JOHN, GLOSSED ; S. XIII1
f. i blank.
Stegmüller, Bibl. 620, 11829.
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 f. 142 has been torn out; 142v blank.
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. f. 141, glued to f. 140v, appears to have been a pastedown, perhaps from another book. On f. 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.
Provenance and Acquisition
On the upper half of f. 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 f. 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 f. 141, s. xv, ‘Crpxbk (cipher for Croxby?) Oxonia’.
On the mutilated f. 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 f. 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 (f. 141)
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.
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