Merton College MS. 254
Former shelfmark: H. 1. 3
ALEXANDER NEQUAM; S. XIII in.
Fol. irv blank.
Excerpts ed. P. Meyer in Notices et extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque nationale, xxxv/2 (Paris, 1896), pp. 641–82; Stegmüller, Bibl. 1161; copies, including this one, listed in Hunt, Nequam, pp. 131–3.
Ruled with crayon in 29 long lines. Written above top line.
A large English protogothic bookhand.
Plain red and blue-green initials; red paraphs and highlighting.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. 141 was formerly a pastedown. In the lower outer corner of f. i are rust-marks, probably from a chain-staple at the foredge.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in England. Its presence at the College is uncertain before 1600. At the foot of f. 1 is a thoroughly-erased 3-line note, apparently beginning ‘Hic est liber monachorum ...’. The name could be ‘Muchelneia’ (Muchelney, Som.). At the foot of f. 2 is ‘xiiij’.
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘154’, s. xvii in. ‘5’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents and ‘F. 9, 11’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 5’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 5 (CCLIV)’ in red; 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
2019-10-01: First online publication