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

Merton College MS. 262

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 13



Language(s): Latin

fols. i-ii blank. On f. iiv is a table of contents, s. xv.

1. (fols. 1–237v)
JOHN GADDESDEN, Rosa medicinae
Incipit: Galienus primo de ingenio
Explicit: sed non uacat mihi modo.
Final rubric: Explicit Rosa medicine M. I. de Gatesdene, Deo ergo sint gratie multe qui ad hunc finem perduxit amen.

Pr. Pavia 1492 &c; eTK 0552H, 0577J, ; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 252–3.

2. (fols. 237v-43v)
JOHN OF PARMA, Practicella
Rubric: Liber Gaddysden de medicinis digestiuis et laxatiuis.
Incipit: Quoniam quidam de melioribus amicis meis
Explicit: sed dicitur in eius laude.

Ed. M. A. Mehner (Leipzig, 1918); eTK 1295J; common in manuscript.

3. (fols. 243v-9)
Rubric: Tractatus Arnaldi de Villa Noua de uinis.
Incipit: Cum instat tempus in quo materialia scilicet confici uina
Explicit: ac operari facit ad beneplacitum suum.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de uinis.

Pr. Paris and Leipzig 1500; Glorieux, Théol. 211cz.

eTK 0310C, 0812G, 1367E
4. (fols. 249–51v)
Ps.-HIPPOCRATES, Capsula Eburnea, anon. Greek-Latin version
Rubric: Incipit liber Ypocratis
Incipit: Ventrem soluunt extracta fel taurum
Explicit: multe nigre pustule nascantur super linguam mortale est.
Final rubric: Expliciunt secreta Ypocratis.

Ed. H. Kühlewein, ‘Beiträge zur Geschichte und Beurtheilung der hippokratischen Schriften’, Philologus 42 (1883–4), 119–127, edn. at 121–2; eTK 1685C, ; Hippocrates Latinus, p. 114. The table of contents calls this work ‘Liber Ypocratis de solutiuis et signis mortalibus’, the running head ‘Liber secretorum Ypocratis’.

(fols. 252rv)
A subject-index

In 3 cols to art. 1, without folio-references.

Fols. 253 and 254v (formerly pasted down) are blank. On f. 253v was begun an informal index of plant-names with their English equivalents. A brief medical note, s. xv, on f. 254.

Language(s): Latin and Middle English

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -bus necesse
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 256 leaves (ii + 254)
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 120 mm.


A4 (1–2 pasted down), 1–212, 314, 4–2112; framed catchwords, and quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form. Contemporary foliation in red.


Frame-ruled with pencil, written in c. 35 long lines.


A single scribe, writing anglicana in pale ink.


On f. 1 a 3-line G in colours and gold with 3-sided border; on f. 38v a red and blue flourished initial with partial border; blue initials flourished in red; red titles and highlighting. At the foot of f. 253 is pencilled a note of the cost of the decoration: ‘iiijC pret’ xxix litt’’.


Contemporary, tawed skin (pink on the turn-ins) over flush, cushion-bevelled oak boards; original sewing on four bands, slightly raised on the spine. Two straps of pink leather with brass clasps from recesses in the front board to catches at the back; only the lower strap and clasp now remain, and neither catch. Head- and tailbands, the former oversewn with green and gold silk, the other plain. On the rear board are two marks of chain-staples, one a single pair of holes, the other the usual traces of the large iron chain-staple. On the front board is the mark of a brass chain-staple at the foredge near the foot.


Origin: S. XIV ex. ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

On the front pastedown ‘Blancpayn in Milkstret | Stonham | (against both names) nati London in Chepe | (In another hand) Scardeburgh’ in strata seu uico uulgariter nuncupato Lumbardestreet’. William Blankpayn (BRUO 199–200) was fellow in 1359, still in 1380; still alive in 1386. Richard Scarborough (BRUO 1651–2) was fellow c. 1449, still in 1464, d. by Oct. 1472.

On f. iiv ‘Hunc librum dedit M’ Robertus Stonham (above is written Sota multum nobilis) collegio aule de Mertone cuius anime propicietur Deus qui orat per anima illius sit benedictus in eternum’. For Stoneham, fellow in 1384, until 1397, see MS 118.

Near the head of f. 253 an inscription appears to have been thoroughly erased.

Also on f. iiv are ‘P. 4. 13. Art.’, s. xvii, modern ‘C. 2. 13 (CCLXII)’ in red, and 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. 103; Powicke, no. 603; Alexander & Temple, no. 309.

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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