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

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