Merton College MS. 306
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 7
JOHN DUMBLETON; S. XIV (after 1321)
A commentary on an unidentified logical Summulae, written later than 1321. unpr.; also in Klosterneuburg, Bibl. des Chorherrenstifts 670: J. Weisheipl, ‘Ockham and some Mertonians’, Medieval Studies 30 (1968), 163–213, at pp. 204–5; id., ‘Repertorium Mertonense’, p. 211; P. V. Spade, The Medieval Liar; A Catalogue of the Insolubilia-Literature (Toronto, 1975), pp. 34–5.
On the originally blank f. 6 col. b was added, c. 1400, ‘O rex Anglorum que sunt iam facta uideto’(WIC 12953), 30 lines. On f. 6v, in a somewhat earlier hand, the heading trimmed by the binder, ‘Incipit questio 8 partis Dymbylton’, followed by twenty-four quaestiones.
Extracts ed. E. D. Sylla, The Oxford Calculators and the Mathematics of Motion 1320–1350 (New York, 1991), pp. 565–625; Lohr, pp. 188–9; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 238–9.
fols. 46–50v (between Parts III and IV) blank; also 87v-8v (between Parts VII and VIII), and f. 113v (between Parts VIII and IX).
At the foot of f. 88v are pencilled ‘peraffi XIIII ?Boradur XXXI | 8 p(eci)e X’ and ‘XXXI’ again.
Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 57 lines.
Written throughout in a single anglicana hand.
Probably Oxford work; blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; the post-medieval chain-staple formerly near the foot of the foredge of the front board. The outermost leaves were pastedowns in an earlier binding. At the head of f. 123 is the mark of an iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably made in Oxford.
On f. 122v many notes have been erased or washed off. What can still be read are: ‘Laurenz’, ‘Iohannes Laurenz’ (erased), ‘Liber Simonis de Lambourne prec’ iii s.’ (erased), and an erasedcautio of John Risborough (see MS 113) in the Rede chest, 1391, ‘et habet supplementum uiz. Summam Occam’.
On f. 123 are five partly-erased cautiones of the same man, ‘exposita in cista Vaghan et Huse’, dated 1379–85, and ‘Liber Iohannis Laurenz ex dono Magistri Simonis Lambourne’. Risborough (BRUO 1577–8) was chaplain to the College in 1364, fellow 1373–97. For Lambourne, fellow 1347–61, see MS 71, which he left to the College. John Laurenz is probably too late to be the man (pace BRUO 1108) who pledged Balliol Coll. 118–19 in 1325.
John Bale saw the book at Merton (Appendix C, no. 19). Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 8. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 7 (CCCVI)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘8’ is inked on the foredge.
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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