Merton College MS. 223
Former shelfmark: N. 3. 6
PETER QUESNEL; S. XIV
Unpr.; Schulte 2. 262; Bloomfield 5587; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 433-4, listing sixteen copies.
The text as copied is in considerable disorder, as noted by Simon Bredon (see below), who wrote a long explanatory note at the foot of fols. 340v and 341. The order is: fols. 339v-40v (prol.), fols. 1-196 (bks 1-2), fols. 196-232 (bk. 4 and index), fols. 233-339 (bk. 3). fols. 23-4v contain text omitted from f. 22va, as signalled by the same hand, which annotates sparsely throughout.
Followed by a subject-index, ‘Abbas. Quod abbas exemptus potest prescribere capellam contra episcopum ... Votum. De dispensatione in uoto sine causa rationabili ...’
Ruled with faint pencil in 2 cols of c. 55 lines.
Low-grade French gothic rotunda bookhands.
Red and blue flourished initials; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; running heads in both colours.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Near the foot of f. 342 are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. Marks on f. i suggest a central strap replaced by two, on a previous binding, and perhaps an iron chain-staple at the foot. The outermost leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in France.
On f. 340v, is ‘Liber m. Symonis Bredon’ doctoris in medicina quondam socii domus de Merton’ in Oxon’’, s. xv ex. Simon Bredon (BRUO 257-8) was fellow in 1330, still in 1341, canon of Chichester, d. 1372. This book is not among those mentioned in his will (pr. Powicke, pp. 82-6).
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with titles and ‘P. 2. 6. Art:’, s. xvii, the latter canc. and replaced with ‘N. 3. 6’ and ‘No. CCXXIII’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘6’ is inked on the foredge.
Merton College MS. 222 - flyleaves (fols. i-ii, 341-2)
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of at least 40 lines.
Written in an excellent English formal gothic quadrata bookhand
Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.
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