Merton College MS. 264
Former shelfmark: C. 2. 15
GUILLAUME PERAULT; c. 1300
Fols. i-iv are blank.
Pr. Basel 1469 &c.; Kaeppeli 1622; Bloomfield 1628.
Added in an English hand, c. 1400.
Fols. 265v-6, 267-8, 269v blank. On f. 268v and 269 are long pen trials in a formal textura, s. xv, effaced by rubbing.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 42 lines. Running heads between specially-ruled lines. Early foliation in arabic numerals, mod. fols. 3-263 (105 bis, om. 233), indicating that no leaves are missing.
A single proficient Italian gothic rotunda bookhand, except for fols. 263-5, in an English textura, c. 1400.
Painted initials in Italian style fols. 1, 3rv, 11, 65v, 78; (2) red and blue flourished initials; red and blue paraphs, running heads in capitals of the colours. Fols. 263-5 have only blue initials flourished in red.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. The outermost leaves were formerly pastedowns in an earlier binding. On f. i is the mark of a brass chain-staple at the foot, near the foredge. On f. 269v are marks perhaps of two strap-pins.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. iv is an erased inscription of 5 lines, beg. ‘Liber’.
On f. 267 is an erased 2-line inscription.
On f. 266v is ‘Liber M. Ricardi Fytz James sacre theologie professoris emptus per eundem 15 die Ianuarii anno Christi 1481’. Below this is ‘Prec’ 2 [ ... ]ii’, erased. On f. ivv‘Ex dono magistri Ricardi Fitz James nuper custodis istius collegii de Mertone cuius anime propicietur Deus amen.’ For Fitzjames, warden 1483-1507, see MS 9.
On f. ivv is a title and ‘P. 4. 15. Art:’, s. xvii. ‘15’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and note on the contents and ‘F. 6, 6’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 15. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 15 (CCLXIV)’ in red. The College bookplate.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Scholars of Merton College.