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Merton College MS. 253

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 4



Language(s): Latin

(fols. iii-vv)

Fols. iii, ivv blank. Some notes and pen-trials are on f. iv, over text in a large hand, written at right angles to the page in faded pencil. On f. v is a title, s. xvii.

(fol. iiiv)
Table of contents,

s. xv; includes also a few notes and pen-trials.

(fol. vv)
Table of contents,

s. xiv.

1. (fols. 1–55)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Commentary on PORPHYRY, Isagoge
Rubric: Incipit logica fratris Alberti ordinis predicatorum quondam episcopi Ratisponensis liber primus de uniuersalibus.
Incipit: De logica intendentibus primum considerandum est qualis scientia sit logica
Explicit: deinceps attingemur ad pertractandum.
Final rubric: Explicit liber de quinque uniuersalibus. Deo gratias. Explicit Porphirius.

AMO (Borgnet) 1. 1–148; Fauser 1, 8.

2. (fols. 55–111v)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Commentary on Aristotle, Praedicamenta
Rubric: Incipit liber predicamentorum ...
Incipit: In ante habitis dictum est quod logica est scientia per quam docetur
Explicit: sed quia parua uis est in talibus ideo ista sufficiant.
Final rubric: Explicit ...

AMO (Borgnet), 1. 149–304; Fauser 2, 8.

3. (fols. 111v-39v)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Commentary on ARISTOTLE, De Interpretatione
Rubric: Incipit liber peryarmenias ...
Incipit: Sicut a principio istius scientie determinatum est ...
Explicit: quia est complexum.
Final rubric: Explicit peryarmenias. Deo gratias.

AMO( Borgnet), 1. 373–457; Fauser 5, 6.

4. (fols. 140–63)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Commentary on De Sex Principiis
Rubric: [Heading mutil.]
Incipit: Quamuis de ordinatione predicabilium iam in predicamentis sufficienter quesitum est
Explicit: compleuit scientiam sex principiorum. Explicit liber sex principiorum.

AMO (Borgnet) 1. 305–72; Fauser 3, 8.

5. (fols. 163–75v; 176–80v blank)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Commentary on BOETHIUS, De Divisione
Rubric: Incipit liber diuisionis ...
Incipit: Cum a principio logice determinatum sit quod logica est scientia docens
Explicit: et ideo dicta Boecii ab Andronico sumpta secuti sumus.
Final rubric: Explicit liber diuisionum expositus a fratre Alberto episcopo. Deo gratias.

Ed. P. M. von Loë (Bonn, 1913); Fauser 4, 4.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: raciocinacionis
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 190 leaves (v + 185)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170 × 110 mm.
The edges retrimmed and stained red.


A4(1 canc.), 1–1512, / 164(lacks 4); catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols of c. 41 lines.


A single anglicana hand.


Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; red underlining and framing.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 184–5 are modern paper blanks. f. iii, once a pastedown in an earlier binding, shows the marks of two straps and of a brass chain-staple near the foot of the foredge.


Origin: S. XIV ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Near the head of f. iv, erased, is ‘Vendicio cautionis Dompni Petri de Cherletone monachi Malm⟨esburiensis⟩ uide⟨licet⟩ extracta Ethicorum Aristotelis de exposita est in cista Roubery die Iouis [corr. to Mercurii] proxima festum sancti Fidis(?) anno Domini M. CCCC XLVIII pro x. s. ut patet eadem manu incipit fo. secundo(?) interrogandum’.

Pen-trials of s. xv on f. 183v include ‘Wynton’, three times, as well as ‘ii d prec’ i q.’

On f. vv, s. xv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertonhalle in Oxon’ ex dono magistri Iohannis Burbache doctoris in theologia et quondam socii eiusdem domus ut inchatenetur in libraria communi ad perpetuum usum studencium ibidem’. For Burbage, fellow 1411–35, see MS 3.

At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘124’ (wrongly), s. xvii in. Inside the front cover is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 4 (CCLIII)’ in red; the College bookplate.

Merton College MS. 253 – Part II (fols 181–3v)


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 181–3v)
Incipit: Locus iste &c. id est qui est maximus talis est

From a larger book with fragmentary commentary, beg. v. 7.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment


Written in 2 cols, the written space exceeding the dimensions of the present leaves.


Neat bookhand of scholastic type


Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics. Lemmata underlined.


Origin: s. xii ex. ; script of English appearance.

Additional Information

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. 100; Powicke, no. 937.

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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