Merton College MS. 232
Former shelfmark: H. 2. 6
CONSTANTINE THE AFRICAN ; S. XIV
Fols. i and 149 are cut from the tops of two different legal documents in French, s. xv, written in French hands and concerning French persons, bound in sideways; fols. i and 149v are blank. The texts are cropped on both sides and at the foot.
CONSTANTINE THE AFRICAN, Viaticum, glossed by GERARD OF BOURGES
Text pr. Venice 1505 &c.; TKI 1298; glo. TKI 324; the verses WIC 7108.
Following the text is a short recipe in an Italian cursive hand.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 60 gloss-lines, the text in larger script on alternate lines.
An Italian or southern French gothic rotunda bookhand using pale ink.
Red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials, the red flourished in violet, the blue in red; red or blue initials forcapitula, red or blue paraphs; running heads in red and blue capitals.
Standard Merton s. xvii, resewn on three bands and rebacked by Maltby in 1953; formerly chained from the usual position. A rust-mark, perhaps from a chain-staple, is at the foot of the early leaves, near the foredge. A similar mark is at the middle of the foot of f. 148, but not of 149. Fols. i and 149 were pastedowns in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of f. 1 is ‘Liber medicum legatus collegio de Marton halle Oxonie per magistrum Willelmum Duffeld nuper socium eiusdem.’ At the foot of f. 2, in a similar hand, is ‘Liber Constantini qui dicitur viaticus continens sex (corr in the marg. to septem) libros cum comento magistri Geraldi Bytuniensis archidiaconi legatus collegio de Mertonhalle Oxon’ per M. Willelmum Duffeld nuper socium eiusdem.’ For Duffield, fellow in 1398, no longer in 1422, d. 1453, see MS 91.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with titles of s. xvii, ‘P. 2. 15. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 2. 6’, in red; the College bookplate. ‘15’ is inked on the foredge.
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