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Merton College MS. 216

Former shelfmark: N. 1. 10



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iii, 1rv blank.

(fol. 2rv)
A list of the sermons
(fols. 3–44v; 45rv blank)
SIMON BORASTON OP, Sermones Dominicales
Incipit: Hora est iam nos ...; Volentibus transire mare precipue est necessarium considerare horam
Incipit: Ad Dominum cum tribularer clamaui. Naturaliter homo et quodlibet animal
Explicit: consurgent ad me. Explicit.

Unpr.; Schneyer 1–173, from this copy; Kaeppeli 3588; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 610.

(fol. 46rv)
An alphabetical list of key words
(fols. 47–204; 204v blank)
SIMON BORASTON OP, Distinctiones Theologiae
Incipit: Abiicere Secundum auctorem de natura rerum columba propter calorem
Explicit: (Zelus) zelus iustitie remissio pietas uult uideri.

There is a hiatus in the text, between Religio and Regnare, on fol. 172v, the last leaf of the quire, where most of col. b is blank.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7641; Bloomfield 0074; Kaeppeli 3589; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 609–10.

3. (fols. 205–31; 231v-2v blank)
Rubric: Tractatus de oculo secundum Robertum Lync’ ut dicitur qui dicitur oculus moralis.
Incipit: Si diligenter uoluerimus in lege Domini meditari
Incipit: Sciendum igitur quod potest elici ex summa Constantini
Explicit: et illic eriguntur; ad illud regnum nos perducat qui ... .
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de oculo morali.

Pr. Venice 1496 &c.; Glorieux, Théol. 178a; Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 257; Bloomfield 5532.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: a tribus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 237 leaves (iii + 234)
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245–55 × 150–70 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A4(4 canc.), 1–28, 3–412, 2 bifolia, 5–1412, 156, 16–1712, 188, 19–2012, 214; catchwords.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 46 lines.


A formal anglicana hand, except for fols. 173–201vb line 28, in a similar hand, and the indexes on fols. 2rv and 46rv, which appear to be in the hand of the first two inscriptions on fol. iiiv (see below).


Blue initials flourished in red, red paraphs art. 1; plain red initials and highlighting, art. 2; blue initials flourished in red, red or blue paraphs, art. 3.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 233–4 are paper leaves from this binding, the outermost from the same book as in MS 84. On fol. 232v is the mark of the large iron chain-staple. fol. iii, formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding, has the mark of a brass chain-staple at the foredge, near the foot.


Origin: S. XIV1 ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to the College by William Reed in 1374 (UO49. 66). On fol. iiiv: ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed prepositi Wynghamensis ex dono reuerendi domini sui M. Nicholai de Sandwyco. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; a table of contents, in the same hand; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathedandus. Ex dono uenerabilis patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis. Walterus Roberti.’ For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8.

At the head of fol. 3 is the James no. ‘161’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F. 5, 8’ (canc.) and a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘P. 1. 13. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 1. 10 (CCXII)’ 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. 83; Powicke, no. 547.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-01: First online publication

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