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

Merton College MS. 243

Former shelfmark: B. 1. 2



Language(s): Latin

f. iiirv blank.

1. (fols. 1–28; 28v blank)
Tabula Bibliae
Rubric: In principio creauit
Incipit: De operibus vi. dierum
Explicit: contestacio Iohannis.
Final rubric: Explicit tabula Biblie.

Arranged by book and chapter, with a brief summary of the contents under each.

Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 8670, listing eight copies, of which this is the only English one.

2. (fols. 29–118; 119rv blank)
PETRUS AUREOLI, Compendium Litteralis Sensus Totius Scripturae
Incipit: Venite ascendamus ad montem Domini ...; Gregorius xxiii. libro moralium exponens illud Iob
Explicit: et uniuersa pulueres pigmentarii.
Final rubric: Explicit compendium Petri Aureoli supra Bibliam.

The text is extensively corrected in the margins by a hand similar to that of the main text.

Glorieux, Théol. 351h; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6422; ed. P. Seeboeck (Quaracchi, 1896).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Dixitque dominus
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 124 leaves (iii + 121)
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 185 mm.
Dimensions (written): 210 × 130 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.


A4(2–4 canc.), 1–38, 44, 5–148, 1512(11–12 canc.), B4 (1–3 canc.); catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 45 lines.


A single anglicana hand.


Blue initials flourished in red; art. 1 has red or blue paraphs and red running heads with blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 120–1, are paper binding leaves, fols. i and 121 from the same printed book as in MS 84. The outermost parchment leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding.


Origin: S. XV in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England; there is nothing to connect this book with the College before 1600.

At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘208’ (wrongly; this is MS 12), s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘P. 3. 10. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with modern ‘B. 1. 2 (CCXLIII)’ in red; 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. 95; Powicke, no. 1243.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-01: First online publication

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