Merton College MS. 305
Former shelfmark: N. 1. 4
GILES OF ROME; S. XIV in.
Fols. i, iiv blank. On f. iv is an early table of contents and notes; on f. ii more early philosophical notes.
Pr. Naples 1476 &c.; Lohr, pp. 330-1.
Pr. Naples 1476 &c.; Lohr, p. 331.
Pr. Padua 1483 &c.; Lohr, p. 330.
On f. 204v is a pen trial, s. xv; 205rv blank.
Arts 1 and 3 are corrected in the margin by the scribe and in early anglicana hands which also annotate. In the margin of art. 1 is ‘Hic incip’’, suggesting that the text was used for lectures.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of c. 56 lines.
An English gothic rotunda bookhand of university type.
Red and blue flourished initials with long extensions; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; art. 1 has running heads in capitals of the colours. Art. 2 is undecorated.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from near the head and near the foot of the back board. f. i, formerly pasted down in an earlier binding, has the mark of both a brass and iron chain-staple near the foot.
Provenance and Acquisition
Given to the College by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 13. On f. iv, in Reed’s hand,‘Liber M. Willelmi Red ex dono magistri Nicholai de Sandwyco. Oretis igitur pro utroque’, and, in the hand of Walter Robert, ‘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.
At the head of f. ii is a brief, highly-abbreviated note, of which I can only decipher ‘B. et an cheste | tot’.
At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘101’, s. xvii in.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 7. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 1. 4 (CCCV)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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