Merton College MS. 258
Former shelfmark: C. 2. 9
PIERO DE CRESCENZI; S. XIV med.
Followed by the author’s letter to Aymeric of Piacenza, vicar general of the Dominicans: ‘Venerabili uiro in Christo patri et domini spirituali uiro summe religionis ac sapiencie fratri Aymerico ...; Cum presentem librum ruralium commodorum ad Dei omnipotentis honorem ... in qua multa inueniuntur iocosa.
Pr. Augsburg 1471; 91 copies listed by L. Frati, Pier de’ Crescenzi 1233–1321 (Bologna, 1933); see also Apophoreta Gotoburgensia (Göteborg, 1936), pp. 186–93. There are at least another five English copies (listed in Mynors & Thomson, Hereford, p. 91).
An index of tituli.
f. 136rv blank.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 40 lines.
A rather formal anglicana hand.
A 4-line C enclosing foliage, on a square ground, with two-sided vine-leaf border in colours and gold; red and blue initials flourished in the colours plus violet, with marginal extensions; red initials flourished in violet, blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; running heads in the colours.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 134–5 are paper binding leaves, the first from the same printed book as in MS 19. f. 136 was formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in England.
At the College by 1556: UO65. 38.
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘149’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s xvii, and ‘P. 4. 9. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 9 (CCLVIII)’, in red; the College bookplate. ‘9’ is inked on the foredge.
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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