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Merton College MS. 283

Former shelfmark: O. 1. 7



Language(s): Latin

Fols. iii-iv blank.

1. (fols. 1–20v, 24v-37v)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, De Quattuor Coaequaeuis
Rubric: Incipit opus sex dierum secundum fratrem Albertum.
Incipit: Queritur de creaturis. Et primo queritur de creatione secundo de creatis
Explicit: amplior ratio habebitur in tractatu de preceptis.

AMO (Borgnet) 34. 307–761; Fauser 60, 12.

2. (fols. 20v-4)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS, Quaestiones Theologicae (nos 5 and 6)
Rubric: De prophetia.
Incipit: Questio est de prophetia. Et queruntur tria. Primum est de prophetia in se
Explicit: et pro hoc patet solutio ad omnia;
Incipit: (f. 23) Postea queritur de raptu. Et querimus tria scilicet quid sit raptus
Explicit: unde senserunt p?.

Text, apparently the beginning of another Quaestio, has been scraped from the rest of f. 24 col. b and from most of 24v. Q. 5 lacks art. 2. 1–2. One of two extant copies of Q. 5, of three of Q. 6.

Q. 5 ed. J.-P. Torrell, ‘La question disputée De prophetia de saint Albert le Grand’, Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques 65 (1981), 5–53 (text), 197–232 (commentary); Q. 6 unpr.; Fauser 56, 2 (and Continuation 1, pp. 124–5).

3. (fols. 41–111, 37v-40v)
Incipit: Queritur hic primo de substantia anime et natura ipsius anime (Tr. 1 q. 1)
Explicit: (ends impf. in Tr. 2 q. 81 a. 2) processus primi motoris in mouendo mundum

AMO (Borgnet) 35. 1–660 line 24; Fauser 61, 18.

f. 111v is blank, text having been scraped from the whole of it; the same is true of most of 93v. In the margins of fols. 67v-9 are diagrams in ink of text.

4. (fols. 112–47)
Rubric: De bono secundum commune intentionem boni.
Incipit: Quid sit bonum. Questio est de bono secundum mencionem[sic] [pro inuencionem] boni. Et queruntur quinque quorum primum est quid sit secundum de communitate intencionis boni
Explicit: ad hoc quod actio sit meritoria.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de uirtutibus cardinalibus [erased]

AMO(Geyer) 28; Fauser 62, 7.

Text has been scraped from the rest of f. 147b and the whole of 147v.

(fols. 148–9v)
An index
Incipit: Incipit tabula in libro sex dierum et quatuor coequeuorum et super tractatu de anima et aliarum moralium questionum [erased]

In 3 cols to the quaestiones in arts 1, 3 and 4.

(fols. 150–1v)

Extracts from the Glossa Ordinaria, Augustine, Bede and others, in a hand like those of the main text.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Si di, quod
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 157 leaves (iv + 153)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 230–40 × 155–70 mm.
The edges retrimmed with loss of marginalia, and spattered with red. Early foliation in red, repeating 106–7, ignoring modern 107, and skipping a leaf after 132.


A bifolium, 1–212, 38, 414(lacks 9–14), 58, 612, 7–118, 1210(+ 1, a column wide, after 10), 13–1512, two bifolia; occasional catchwords. At the foot of quire 7 is written ‘incorrectus’. The quires numbered in pencil at the beginning, showing that the original 5 is missing.


Very small Continental cursive hands, except for the index, which is in a bookhand of Italian appearance. The texts are much corrected by the scribes in the margins. Titles of quaestionesare given in the margin, framed, as well as rubricated in the text-space.


Brick-red initials, titles, paraphs, running heads, foliation, highlighting and underlining. On fols. 112 and 124 are red initials flourished in blue. The index has red and blue paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i-ii, 152–3 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 84. f. iii was formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding.


Origin: S. XIII ; France, south or Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

Made on the Continent, probably in southern France or Italy.

At the head of f. 1, cropped, ‘⟨Liber domus scolarium⟩ de Merton in Oxon’ ex legato Magistri Iohannis Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen.’ For Reynham, fellow 1335–58, d. 1376, see MS 18.

In the lower margin of f. 151v are ‘prec’ dimidia marc’’ and ‘pro ci s.’, canc. On f. ivv‘Istum librum fecit de nouo ligari M. Ricardus Scardeburgh anno Domini 1453. Orate igitur pro eo et pro parentibus eius.’ For Scarborough, fellow c. 1449, still in 1464, see MS 41.

On f. iii is the James no. ‘114’, and the inscription of f. 1 is repeated on f. ivvin a hand of s. xvii. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘F 6, 3’, ?s. xvii, canc., a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘Q. 1. 16. Art:’, s. xvii, canc. and replaced with modern ‘O. 1. 7 (CCLXXXIII)’, in red ink; 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. 112; Powicke, no. 349; AMO (Geyer) 28, p. xv.

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

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