Merton College MS. 301
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 3
ROBERT KILWARDBY, PETER OF SPAIN; S. XIII ex.
Extracts pr. C. H. Kneepkens, ‘Roger Bacon’s theory of double intellectus’, in The Rise of British Logic, ed. P. O. Lewry (Toronto, 1985), pp. 115-44; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 561; copies listed by Pinborg, Sprachlogik, p. 325 (An).
C. H. Kneepkens, Het Iudicium constructionis. Het Leerstuk van de Constructio in de 2de Helfte de 12de Eeuw (4 vols, Nijmegen, 1987), IV, pp. 1-84, this copy at I, p. 520; R. W. Hunt, 'Absoluta: the Summa of Petrus Hispanus on Priscianus Minor', Historiographa Linguistica 2 (1975), 1-23.
Throughout are early marginal notes and glosses, occasionally in English, e.g. f. 16v ‘Loke. De sufficientia parcium oracionis. here a boue’; f. 93 verses ‘Si primo stabit coniunctio qui reserabit’ (7 lines); f. 209 ‘As in wel this thas & thou in hit I see a cas.’; f. 234v ‘Vincitur in bello uir inermis et sine libro / Clericus est mutus licet ingenio sit acutus.’
Fols. 235-8v, 239v are filled with grammatical notes and mnemonic verses in anglicana hands, as f. i. On f. 235 is a table of contents, and a partial index to Priscian, De Constructione, continued on fols. 236v-7. f. 239 is blank.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 41 lines.
A single neat, small anglicana hand. Lemmata are written in low-grade bookhand, in larger script.
Blue initials flourished in red; plain red or blue initials (blue alone in art. 2); red paraphs, highlighting and underlining. A few marginal sketches and drolleries in red.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On f. i is the mark of an iron chain-staple at the foredge, near the foot.
Provenance and Acquisition
It is not known when this book entered the College prior to s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with the contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 3. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 3 CCCI’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘3’ is inked on the foredge.
Merton College MS. 301 - fragment (f. i)
2 cols of 44 lines.
Written in an anglicana hand similar to that of the main text.
Similar red initials, paraphs and touching to that of the main text.
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