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Merton College MS. 265

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 16



Language(s): Latin

fols. ivv-v blank.

(fols. vv-viv)

In a secretary hand, s. xv ex.

(fols. 1–110v)
ROGER OF WALTHAM, Compendium Morale
Rubric: Prologus in compendium morale de uirtutibus, dictis et factis, exemplaribus antiquorum magistri Rogeri de Waltham canonici Londoniarum.
Incipit: Sapienciam antiquorum exquiret sapiens
Explicit: (ends impf. near the start of c. 8) mestissimis lecior [effrenatissimis]

Unpr.; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 598; Bloomfield 1977, 5286, 5289, listing fifteen copies.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sunt sepe
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 119 leaves (vi + 113)
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 140 × 90 mm.
The edges retrimmed and stained red.


A4, 1–1110; catchwords.


Frame-ruled with crayon, written in c. 36 long lines.


A single scribe, writing neat anglicana-secretary.


On f. 1 a handsome 14-line red and blue S, flourished in red and violet, with a full border in red and blue; blue initials flourished with red; red highlighting, underlining, running heads and marginal guides.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired, rebacked and resewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. 111 is a paper binding leaf; fols. i-ii, 112–13 are modern paper blanks.


Origin: S. XV1 ; script of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of f. iiiv, cropped, is ‘Bloxham’; similarly, at the head of f. iv ‘Liber M. Thome Bloxham.’ Lower down on f. iiiv, in the usual humanistica, is ‘Liber collegii ex dono magistri Thome Bloxham’. For Bloxham, fellow c. 1449–61, see MS 41.

On f. iii his ex dono is repeated, s. xvii.

In the lower margin of f. 60v is a crude design in pen and ink, in which is written ‘Thomas Gauge mayster’. For Thomas Gawge, fellow c. 1441–8, see MS 43.

At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘182’, cropped. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘F. 6, 12’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 16. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 16 (CCLXV)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘16’ is inked on the foredge.

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. 104; Powicke, no. 88; Alexander & Temple, no. 483.

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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