Merton College MS. 311
Former shelfmark: H. 3. 11
CICERO, PALLADIUS; S. XII 3/4, XII ex.
f. 1 is blank but for some pen-trials of s. xii and xiv.
On f. 1v is a list of the contents of I, c. 1200, followed by Reed’s ex libris (see below), and table of contents, art. 6 being an addition to it though probably in the same hand. f. 2 is blank.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. On f. 1 is the mark of a central strap. Fols. 1 and 136 were formerly pastedowns in an earlier binding; on 136 are the marks of a large iron chain-staple (2 holes).
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. 1v: a smudged-out ex libris of s. xiv, beg. ‘Liber’; s. xiv ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a domino Thoma Tryllek episcopo Roffensi. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; s. xv ‘Liber domus scolarum de Merton in Oxonia in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium ex dono uenerabilis patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie Oretis igitur pro eodem et animabus omni fidelium defunctorum’; s. xiv ‘xix uolumen’. For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. Thomas Trillek was bp. of Rochester 1364-1372. This book was part of Reed’s legacy.
On f. 2v is a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 13. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 11 (CCCXI),’ in red; the College bookplate.
On f. 135 ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ &c.’, s. xv.
On fols. 1 and 2 is the James no. ‘6’ (wrongly), s. xvii in. ‘13’ is inked on the foredge.
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