Merton College MS. 295
Former shelfmark: K. 1. 5
BURLEY, GROSSETESTE; c. 1200, XIV in.
ff. iv-v blank; a table of contents and ‘5’, s. xvii, on f. vv.
Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired and rebacked by Maltby; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-iii, 149-51 are paper binding leaves, fols. iii and 149 modern, the rest of s. xvii, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 118. The outermost parchment leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding. Near the foot of f. 147 are the marks of the large iron chain-staple. There are more such marks on f. 1 but not on fols. iv-v, and again on f. 136v. Near the foot of the foredge of f. iv is the mark of a brass chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Near the foot of f. 120v, erased, is ‘Supplementum Iohannis’, s. xiv, and some erased words in pencil, possibly a price. The second line appears to read ‘f ii iii s.’
Given to the College by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 16. At the foot of f. 1, autograph, ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed ex empcione de bonis sibi datis per M. Nicholaum de Sandwyc. Expositio m. Walteri Burley super 7 libros Topicorum Aristotelis.’ At the foot of f. 93 ‘Liber Magistri Willelmi episcopi Cicestrie quem emit a domino Thoma Tryllek’ episcopo Roffensi. Oretis igitur pro utroque.’ For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘E. 4. 13’ (canc.) and a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 2. 11. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘K. 1. 5 (CCXCV)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘11’ is inked on the foredge.
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