Merton College MS. 221
Former shelfmark: N. 3. 4
ARTICELLA &c.; S. XIII ex.
Fols. 1, 3v, 5v-6 blank; on 4–5, 6v are faint pencil notes. On fols. 2–3 are medical notes in small anglicana hands. On fol. 6v is an early table of contents.
Ed. D. Garcia and J. L. Vidal, Asclepio 26–7 (1974–5), 267–382; TKI 856, 1352.
Pr. Articella, Padua 1476 &c.; TKI 393.
Pr. Venice 1483 &c.; TKI 764.
HIPPOCRATES, Aphorismi, with the commentary of GALEN, transl. CONSTANTINE THE AFRICAN
Text and comm. pr. as part of the Articella, Padua 1476 &c.; text TKI 1704, 828, this copy HL 56; comm. TKI 1055; HL 39–40.
Pr. as part of the Articella, Padua 1476 &c.; text TKI 1002, 847; this copy HL 210.
Text and commentary pr. Articella, Padua 1476, &c.; TKI 1205, 660, 922; HL 9.
GALEN, Tegni, with the commentary of ALI IBN RODHAN (HALY ABBAS), transl. GERARD OF CREMONA
Text pr. Articella, Venice 1487; TKI 757, 1585; comm. pr. Articella, Venice 1483; TKI 700. The last paragraph of the commentary is the ‘nominacio librorum’ or account of Gerard of Cremona’s translations, ed. K. Sudhoff, 'Die kurze "Vita" und das Verzeichnis der Arbeiten Gerhards von Cremona', Archiv für Geschichte der Medizin 8 (1914), 73–82, at pp. 75–80.
GILES OF CORBEIL, De Pulsibus, with the commentary of GENTILE DA FOLIGNO
Text ed. L. Choulant (Leipzig, 1826), pp. 28–43; TKI 744; commentary pr. Padua 1484 &c.; TKI 161, 1181.
GILES OF CORBEIL, De Vrinis, glossed by GILBERTUS ANGLICUS
Text ed. Choulant, pp. 4–18; WIC 4432; TKI 422; Wickersheimer 196–7; comm. unpr.; TKI (1483), 1588.
Throughout, but especially to arts 1–4, is extensive glossing in early anglicana hands, mostly in the margins but occasionally between the lines.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 50 lines of gloss; the text, in larger script, on every second line. Blocks of text and gloss alternate.
Neat English gothic rotunda bookhands, slightly less formal in the gloss.
Red and blue initials flourished in the colours and violet, with partial borders; blue initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in violet; red paraphs, highlighting and underlining; running heads in red and blue capitals.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired, rebacked and resewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 265–6 are modern paper blanks. fol. 1, a pastedown in an earlier binding, has marks of two foredge straps and of straps at head and tail.
Provenance and Acquisition
On fol. 1v ‘Liber magistri Willelmi Duffeld ex empcione’. Below, in a very formal hand, is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton Hall Oxonie ex dono Magistri Willelmi Duffeld archidiaconi Clyuelandie ad inchatenandum infra librariam ibidem.’ At the foot of fol. 264v ‘Magister Willelmus Duffeld dedit librum istum magistro Ioh’ Somerseth ad terminum uite sue ita quod post uitam eius remaneat in collegio de Merton’ Oxon’ in eternum.’ For Duffield, fellow in 1398, no longer in 1422, see MS 91. Somerset (BRUO 1727–8) studied at Oxford then migrated to Cambridge because of the plague, MD by 1428, physician to Henry VI from that year, still in 1447, d. by 1455.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘P. 2. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘No. CCXXI’ and ‘N. 3. 4’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘4’ is inked on the foredge.
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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