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Merton College MS. 226

Former shelfmark: N. 3. 9



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–212v)
GILBERTUS ANGLICUS, Compendium seu Lilium Medicinae
Rubric: Incipit liber morborum tam uniuersalium quam particularium a magistro Gileberto Anglico editus ab omnibus auctoribus et practicis magistrorum extractus et exceptus qui compendium medicine intitulatur ...
Incipit: A morbis uniuersalibus propositi nostri intentio est inchoare
Explicit: Dominus autem omnia dirigat in transquillitate[sic] amen.
Final rubric: Explicit compendium medicine. Deo gracias.

Pr. Lyon 1510.

eTK 0003B eTK 0881G Wickersheimer 191–2, Suppl. 88–9; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 144.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: necesse est
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 216 leaves (ii + 214)
Dimensions (leaf): 355 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 230 × 145 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red. The outer margins of fols. 29, 45–7 excised.


1–712, 816, 9–1712, 184; catchwords.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines.


A single proficient gothic rotunda bookhand, probably French.


Red and blue flourished initials with marginal extensions; blue initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in violet; red or blue paraphs; running heads in capitals of the colours.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Near the foot of f. 212v are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. Fols i-ii and 213–14 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 117.


Origin: S. XIV ; script probably of French appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps the copy bequeathed by Simon Bredon (so treated by Powicke, pp. 140–1), in any case at the College by c. 1500.

At the foot of f. 1, against the gutter, are three words, the second and third ‘Galf fl’, perhaps a note of payment to the scribe or decorator.

At the head of f. 1 are ‘Gilbertus’ and the James no. ‘83’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with titles, s. xvii, and ‘P. 2. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 3. 9 (CCXXVI)’ in red. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge; 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. 88; Powicke, no. 377.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-30: First online publication

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