Merton College MS. 266
Former shelfmark: G. 1. 4
JOHN OF FAENZA &c.; S. XIII-XIV
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i, 303-4 are paper binding leaves; 304 and a former bifolium before i, now only stubs, are from a printed copy of one of Hieronymus Zanchius’s works (cap. xix De dolore ac poena cacodaem[onum]). f. 1 was a pastedown in an earlier binding. It has the marks of two straps and perhaps of an iron chain-staple at the foot, near the foredge.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the foot of f. 302v is an erased inscription of 3-4 lines. At the foot of f. 37, in an early hand, ‘Iste quaternus restituatur domino Ioseph uicario de Cestrehunte’ (Cheshunt, Herts.).
At the foot of f. 300v is a note in anglicana headed ‘Barnbye’. This might be Thomas de Barneby (BRUO 111), fellow of Merton in 1276, twenty-third lector of the Oxford Franciscans, c. 1291-2, probably warden of York when on 12 Oct. 1300 he presented to Bp. Dalderby of Lincoln friars from Lincoln, Grimsby and Boston for licences to hear confessions. Nonetheless, it is not known when the book came to the College prior to s. xvii in.
On f. i is a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 17. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘G. 1. 4 (CCLXVI)’ in red. Inside the front board is another title, s. xvii, and the College bookplate.
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