Merton College MS. 279
Former shelfmark: O. 1. 11
JOHN DUMBLETON; S. XIV ex.
f. i blank. On f. ii are pen-trials and a title, s. xvii; the verso is blank.
Arranged in 2 cols, written in an anglicana hand of s. xiv ex.
f. vrv is blank but for a pen-trial of s. xv on the verso, ‘quod [?Arenauetus]’.
Unpr.; extracts ed. E. D. Sylla, The Oxford Calculators and the Mathematics of Motion, 1320-1350 (New York, NY, 1991), pp. 565-625; M. Clagett, The Science of Mechanics in the Middle Ages (Madison, WI, 1959), pp. 317-25; Lohr, pp. 188-9; Stegmüller, Sent. 420, 1; TKI 1055; P. V. Spade, The Medieval Liar; A Catalogue of the Insolubilia-Literature (Toronto, 1975), pp. 63-5; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 239. Here without the prologue.
Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 40 lines.
A single anglicana hand, the ink sometimes very pale.
Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs; running heads in red and blue capitals.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. i, little more than a stub, was formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding sewn on four bands. At the head of f. ii is the mark of an iron chain-staple. Fols. 178-9 are paper binding leaves, from a copy of the same printed book as in MS 272.
Provenance and Acquisition
Given to the College by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 24, citing the secundo folio numquam luminosum, which occurs in the table on f. iv. On the mutilated f. iv are the remains of Reed’s usual descriptions and tables of contents: ‘… Oretis igitur pro utroque’; ‘… naturalibus et continent .9. partes’; ‘… de libraria’; ‘… eiusdem et ad usum | …o uenerabilis patris domini | … ⟨exec⟩utoribus eiusdem ac | …’. The last is the remains of William Reed’s ex dono, in the hand of his clerk Walter Roberti. For Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title, s. xvii, ‘Q. 1. 11. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘O. 1. 11 (CCLXXIX)’, in red; the College bookplate. On fols. ii and 1 is the James no. ‘97’, s. xvii in.
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