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

Merton College MS. 245

Former shelfmark: B. 1. 43



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iv-ii blank.

(fols. 1–86v; 87–8v blank)
PORCHETUS SALVATICUS, Liber Victoriae contra Iudaeos
Rubric: Incipit liber uictorie a Porcheto de Salua Ignis Ianuensis diuina fauente gracia ...
Incipit: In nomine Dei altissimi qui est trinus et unus
Explicit: ad quam quidem uitam et requiem sempiternam nos inducat Dominus noster I. Dei filius qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit liber Victorie. Deo gracias.

Pr. Paris 1520. See MS 244.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ad prouocandum
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 90 leaves (ii + 88)
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 145 mm.
Fols. i-ii, 87–8 of thick, stiff parchment; the edges retrimmed and stained red.


A bifolium at each end, 1–710, 8–98; catchwords; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 57 lines.


A rather formal gothic rotunda bookhand, probably French, using pale ink.


Parisian. On f. 1 a red and blue flourished initial with long extensions; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red highlighting.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The first and last leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding, which may have had a brass chain-staple on the front board, near the foot of the foredge. On f. 88 are the marks of two clasps, and of the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV med. ; Paris, France

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of f. i is ‘Liber uictorie precii trium solidorum’, s. xiv.

On f. iivis ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone in Oxonia’, s. xiv ex. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F. 2, 4’ (canc.) and title, s. xvii, and ‘P. 3. 12. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘B. 1. 4 (CCXLV)’ 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. 1205.

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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