A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 314

Former shelfmark: F. 3. 1

INDEXES TO PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS; S. XIV

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Fols. i, ii-iii, iv blank. On f. ivv is a table of contents in the same hand (s. xiv) as in MS 180 &c., and another of s. xvii.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Que autem
Six originally separate volumes, together early.
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 200 leaves (iv + 195, incl. 12A)
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 170 mm.
The edges retrimmed with occasional loss of text and marginalia and spattered with red.

Collation

A4(lacks 1–2), 110, 210(lacks 7–10), 310, 412(lacks 11–12), 58, 6–712, 86(lacks 5) / 9–158, 164(lacks 4) / 1712, 184 / 1912 / 208 / 2112 / 228, 238(lacks 7–8), a bifolium; 9–15 have catchwords. Quire 16 has ‘quaternus .8.’ at the front.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. f. i was a pastedown in an earlier binding.

History

Origin: S. XIV ; scripts of English appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

Running up f. iv is a thoroughly-erased inscription of three lines in large writing, beginning with a paraph. Running up f. iv is ‘Iste liber est fratrum predicatorum Oxoniensis quod qui alienauerit anathema sit ubicumque alienetur.’ In the upper margin of f. 1, cropped, is ‘ et quondam socii eiusdem domus’, s. xv in.

On f. iiiv ‘Hunc librum ligari fecit M. Robertus Bukmote anno regni E [mutil.]’. Buckmott (BRUO 299) was fellow c. 1455–69; the inscription was written after the accession of Edward IV in March 1461.

At the head of f. 1 is the James no. ‘22’, s. xvii in. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘Q. 3. 16. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 3. 14’ (corr. to ‘F. 3. 1’) and ‘(CCCXIV)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘16’ is inked on the foredge.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part I (fols. 1–72v; 160–167v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–71v)

Indexes to ARISTOTLE, Physics and Parua Naturalia

(fols. 1–5)
List of incipits
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uoniam autem oportet intelligere
Explicit: Et dico eis quod omnes
(fols. 5–71v)
An alphabetical subject index
Incipit: ⟨A⟩bstrahere in libro phisicorum
Explicit: Ros roris in libro metheororum

Unpr.; TKI 13, citing four copies, not this one.

Leaves have been left wholly or partly blank passim, corresponding to gaps in the text. Wholly blank are fols. 10v-11, 15v (covered with pencil notes), 35rv, 63v, 64–8v (covered with pencil notes). f. 72rv blank but for a few notes on 72v.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 195 × 130 mm.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 49 lines.

Hand(s)

Written in a small English gothic rotunda bookhand.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part II (fols. 73–131v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 73–131v)
Alphabetical index to Duns Scotus on the Sentences
Incipit: Abstractio. Quoniam a forma absoluta incommunicabili
Explicit: (Ymago).
Final rubric: Explicit tabula super opus doctoris subtilis cuiuscumque propicient conclusiones.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 185 × 120 mm.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 38–40 lines

Hand(s)

Written in an anglicana hand using pale ink.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part III (fols. 132–47v; 160–6v; 167 blank)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

4. (fols. 132–47; 147v blank)
Alphabetical index to the Quodlibeta of HENRY OF GHENT
Incipit: Abbas. Vtrum tenetur reuocare subditum a parochia quem scit per confessionem corrumpere parochianos
Explicit: (Ypostasis)
7. (fols. 160–6v; 167 blank)
Alphabetical index to ARISTOTLE, De Animalibus

A fragment, Oculi—Zirbus

f. 167v blank but for faint doodles.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 200 × 130 mm.

Layout

Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 49 lines.

Hand(s)

Written in an anglicana hand.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part IV (fols. 148–59v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

5. (fols. 148–55)
Index of the quaestiones of HENRY OF GHENT, Quodlibeta
Incipit: Incipit tabula questionum de quolibet magistri H. de Gand’. Vtrum in Deo sit ponere ueritatem personalem
Explicit: (Q. 15)
Final rubric: Explicit tabula questionum de quolibet M. H. de Gandauo cuius anima requiescat in pace amen.

The table is written in the l. h. col. In the r. h. col. additional quaestiones have been added in an anglicana hand of scholastic type.

6. (fols. 155v-9v)
Quaestiones
Incipit: Queritur quid de Deo in se

In the anglicana hand of the additions to art. 5.

At the head of f. 155v is a title, cropped by the binder: ‘⟨?Questiones⟩ .x. G. de Segre’. This should be Gilbert de Segrave (BRUO 1663–4), d. 1312, who according to Leland wrote Quaestiones and Quodlibeta. This would appear to be the only surviving copy of the former.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 210 × 150 mm.

Layout

Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 48 lines; fols. 155v-9v are frame-ruled only, written in c. 54 lines.

Hand(s)

Written in an English gothic rotunda bookhand.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part V (fols. 168–79v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 168–79v)
Alphabetical index to ARISTOTLE, De Animalibus
Incipit: Abortiuum. Quod equa impregnata si odorauerit candelam extinctam
Explicit: (ends impf. in Piscis) ?Quedam (catchwords auis cibaria)

Unpr.; TKI 10, not this copy.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 200 × 120 mm.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 44 lines

Hand(s)

Written in an anglicana hand, using very pale ink.

Decoration

Red paraphs, highlighting and underlining.

Merton College MS. 314 – Part VI (fols. 180–95v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 180–93v)
Alphabetical index to HENRY OF GHENT, Quodlibeta
Incipit: Absoluere. Vtrum prelatus subdito cui commisit oficium audiendi confessiones
Explicit: (Ymago) De precibus ymaginis et originis ...

Fols. 194–5v were originally a single leaf, folded and bound in sideways; on 194v-5 is a draft of a letter or sermon in early faded pencil.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 180–90 × 120 mm.

Layout

Ruled with pencil in 32 long lines.

Hand(s)

Written in an anglicana hand.

Decoration

Red paraphs, highlighting and underlining.

Additional Information

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-13: First online publication