Merton College MS. 263
Former shelfmark: C. 2. 14
ISAAC IUDAEUS; c. 1200
Pr. Lyon 1515, I, fols. 11-103; TKI 1252.
Pr. Lyon 1515, I, fols. 103-56; TKI 239.
Pr. Lyon 1515, I, fols. 156-203; TKI 688, 1608.
f. 112rv is covered with pen-trials, medical notes and verses, in Continental hands little later than the main text. A long set of verses, divided into couplets and quatrains, on f. 112v, beg. ‘Thus mastis mirtus athanasia presidia galla’ (cf. WIC 19285).
Heavily glossed throughout, between the lines and in all margins, in a tiny hand resembling that of the main scribe, and in note-hands of s. xiii.
Ruled with fine pencil in 33-6 long lines.
A single protogothic bookhand, of southern French or Italian appearance.
On fols. 1 and 49, 6-line initials in blue, pink and white, outlined in black, on a gold square ground edged with green. Blue or red initials stroked or flourished in the other colour. At the foot of f. 90 is a large ornamental spray of red and blue.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on three bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-ii, 117-18 are paper binding leaves. On f. 112v, but not fols. 113-16, are marks of a central pin, of two foredge clasps, and of a chain-staple at the foot, all with associated rust stains.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of f. 1, in red, partly erased, ‘Iste liber est … in abbatiam de | ordine … orum quod … saluato | … consobrino huius adsunt per omnem euum et postea eterna | secula … fuerit | … fratrum eiusdem ordinis’, s. xiii.
On f. 112v are rough initials, s. xvi, ‘J. A.’
At the College by 1556: UO65. 412.
Loose at the front of the book are the College bookplate and a slip of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 14. Art.’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 14 (CCLXIII)’ in red. The latter is also written inside the front board. ‘137’ and ‘14’ are inked on the foredge.
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