Merton College MS. 303
Former shelfmark: N. 1. 5
ISIDORE; S. XIV in.
Fols. i-iiv blank.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 43 lines.
A single English gothic rotunda bookhand, influenced by textualis.
Red and blue flourished initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; plain red or blue initials, touching and filling with red and yellow. On fols. 98, 149rv, 185v are good diagrams of the phases of the moon, hours of daylight, consanguinity, the humours and the world, in red, yellow and ink of text. In the margin of f. 228 is a representation of a ‘clavis’ (part of a ship).
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on five bands; formerly chained from near the foot of the front board. At the foot of f. 260, the pastedown in an earlier binding, are the marks of the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
The mark of the Merton large chain-staple shows that the book was at the College before c. 1500.
At the head of f. 66v is pencilled ‘iiii s.’
Further down is ‘?V. de Champ’’.
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘180’, s. xvii in. ‘5’ is inked on the foredge.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with the contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 5. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 1. 5’ in red; the College bookplate.
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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
2019-11-05: First online publication