Merton College MS. 231
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 5
CONSTANTINE THE AFRICAN; S. XIV
Fols. i-iiv, of thick, stiff parchment, blank. f. iii is a waste leaf containing the opening of art. 1 (omitting the capitula); the verso is covered with notes in pencil.
Written in an anglicana hand, s. xiv, apparently Simon Bredon’s (MMBL 3. 682)
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 43 lines. Running heads between lines ruled right across the page.
A neat gothic rotunda bookhand, probably French.
Red and pale blue initials flourished and with long tendril-like extensions in both colours. The tendrils also run down the margins independent of initials. Red or blue initials, plain, or highlighted or flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; running heads in red capitals.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position on the back board. On the last leaves is the mark of the large brass chain-staple. The outermost leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in southern France or Italy, in England by s. xiv.
On f. 151, s. xv, ‘Magister Iohannes [sc. Simon] Bredon qui scripsit hanc tabulam propria manu doctor in medicina socius istius domus dedit istum librum huic colegio.’ For Simon Bredon, fellow in 1330, still in 1341, d. 1372, see MS 223. This book was part of his legacy (Powicke, no. 369).
At the head of f. 151v is a partly-erased inscription, ‘Liber pantengni ...’, a thoroughly-erased cautio: ‘Supl… supplementum caucionis …’, and, twice, ‘prec’ vii s.’
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with titles in hands of s. xvii and xviii, and ‘P. 2. 14. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with the modern shelfmarks in red, almost illegible due to damp; the College bookplate.
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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
2019-08-30: First online publication