Merton College MS. 226
Former shelfmark: N. 3. 9
GILBERTUS ANGLICUS ; S. XIV
Pr. Lyon 1510; TKI 3, 881; Wickersheimer 191-2, Suppl. 88-9; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 144.
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.
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.
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