Merton College MS. 307
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 8
JULIUS CAESAR; S. XII med.
The seven genuine books plus the eighth of Aulus Hirtius. Ed. W. Hering (Leipzig, 1987), W. Klotz (2nd edn., Leipzig, 1957).
In the outer margin of f. 1 is a note by the scribe on the writings of Caesar and Aulus Hirtius. Marginal nota-marks and brief glosses by the scribe passim, seeming to indicate a French exemplar, e.g. f. 7v (against ‘in castris Heluitiorum’) ‘Vltra Ligerim ubi oppidum Gortonam condiderunt non longe a Borbono quod tunc Gorgobia dicebatur’, f. 16 (against ‘oppidum Remorum nomine Bibrax’) ‘Laudunum clauatum’, f. 39v (against ‘naues quae in melius haeduis facte’) ‘Aliter in Meldis facte erant’, f. 56 ‘Nota tempore quo coniuratio fuit Catilinam sicut apud Salustium legitur’, f. 65 ‘Mons Gebenna est qui moderno nomine dicitur Recordana’, f. 65v (of ‘Gorgobiam’) ‘Modo nominatur Berbonum’, f. 66 ‘Nouiodunum modo nominatur Dunum’ (the text has ‘in uia dunum’), f. 66v (of ‘oppidum Auaricum’) ‘Tolosa’, f. 78 (against ‘Metiosedum’) ‘Miladunum’. On fols. 56v-7 Lucan is quoted. In the margins of fols. 40v, 44, and 49rv, a later hand has marked passages with ‘Incipe’ or ‘Hic incipe’ and ‘Hucusque’.
Ruled, the frame with stylus, otherwise with plummet, in 30 long lines. Pricked in the outer margins only.
One practised English protogothic bookhand.
Plain red or green initials accompanied by tituli in the other colour. f. 1 opens with an initial in both colours.
s. xix. fols. i-iii, 102–3 are paper blanks. On f. 101 is the mark of the large iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
At the head of f. 1 is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ex legato M. Joh’ Raynham sacre pagine professoris et quondam socii eiusdem domus.’ For Reynham, fellow 1335–58, d. 1376, see MS 18.
On f. ivv is the mark of an electio, ‘49 James’, presumably William James (BRUO 1012–13), fellow in 1376, still in 1411.
On f. ivr is a title of s. xvii. Inside the front board is the College bookplate, with ‘Q. 3. 9. Art:, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 8 (CCCVII)’ in red. ‘9’ 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