A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

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; TKI 3, 881; 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