Merton College MS. 282
Former shelfmark: O. 2. 3
AVERROES, AVICENNA; S. XIV in.
f. i blank; on f. iv is a table of contents, s. xiv ex.
Ed. F. S. Crawford, Averrois Cordubensis Commentarium Magnum in Aristotelis De Anima Libros (Medieval Academy of America Publs 59: Cambridge, Mass., 1953).
Pr. in Opera Aristotelis, Venice 1550–2), IX, fols. 3–6.eTK 0681G
Arts 3–6 ed. A. L. Shields and H. Blumberg, Averrois Cordubensis Compendium Librorum Aristotelis qui Parva Naturalia Vocantur (Medieval Academy of America Publ. 54, Cambridge, Mass., 1949), pp. 3–149.
The whole work pr. in Aristotelis ... Opera, Venice 1573–6, V, fols. 400–87v.
Ed. F. H. Fobes and S. Kurland, Averrois Cordubensis Commentarium Medium in Aristotelis De Generatione et Corruptione (Medieval Academy of America Publ. 65: Cambridge, Mass., 1956), pp. 3–162.
Pr. in Auicennae Opera, Venice 1508, fols. 70r-109v; Diaz 1026.eTK 1068A
Pr. Avicennae ... Opera, Venice 1508, fols. 13–36v; eTK 1072G; Diaz 1025.
Lacks i. 11 De uniuersalibus.
Pr. Avicennae ... Opera, Venice 1508, fols. 2–12; Diaz 931.
Considerable marginalia occurs throughout, but especially near the beginning; the scribe corrects the text, and other early hands annotate, with pointing hands and profile faces.
Ruled with pencil or crayon in 2 cols of 51–4 lines.
A single English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.
Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue initials and paraphs. On f. 175v is the miniator’s computation, in red: ‘de magnis litteris viij c; item de paruis litteris v c.’
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; chained from the usual position. The stubs conjugate with f. i and f. 178 were formerly pastedowns in an earlier binding. On f. i are marks from two foredge straps and one each at head and tail; also possible marks of the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably made and used at Oxford.
Given to the College by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 21. On f. iv (1) autograph, ‘Liber M. Willelmi Red ex dono magistri Nicholai de Sandwyco. Oretis igitur pro utroque.’ (2) ‘proprietas domus Mertone’. (3) In the usual hand, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabilis patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis.’ For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. (4) ‘2usde sorte Mothyrby’. William Motherby (BRUO 1324) was fellow in 1390, no longer in 1401. (2), (4) and the table of contents are in a single hand.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a short note of contents, s. xvii, ‘Q. 1. 14. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with ‘O. 2. 3’ in red ink, and ‘(CCLXXXII)’ in pencil; the College bookplate.
Merton College MS. 282 - endleaves (fols. 177–8)
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 41 lines.
Written in a large, rather rough English gothic littera textualis.
Unfilled spaces for rubrics and initials.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2019-10-14: First online publication