Merton College MS. 325
Former shelfmark: H. 1. 5
AURORA; S. XIII 1/4
f. iii blank.
Ed. P. Beichner (2 vols, University of Notre Dame Medieval Studies 19, 1965); Stegmüller, Bibl. 6823–5.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 34 lines. The innermost column, occupied by the text, is 75 mm. wide; the outer column is for guides to the contents, written in red with green or blue initials. Running heads on a separate line ruled right across the page. Written above top line.
A single proficient English early gothic bookhand.
Many handsome 4–8 line arabesque initials, mainly on squarish grounds edged with green, in red, blue, green and pink; blue or green initials flourished in red, red initials flourished in blue; plain initials in the colours or ink of text.
s. xix in., repaired; sewn on five bands. Fols. i-ii, 121–2 are blank paper binding leaves. Rust marks on the early parchment leaves suggest that the book was once chained from the front board, at the head near the foredge.
Provenance and Acquisition
On f. iiiv, s. xiv in. ‘Liber Sancte Marie de Bridelington; qui eum alienauerit anathema sit’. The same hand has made additions to a table of contents s. xiii ex. ‘Biblia uersificata que dicitur aurora littera G’, s. xv: MLGB, p. 12. These entries refer to the Augustinian Priory of St Mary at Bridlington (Yorks.).
On f. 119 is ‘pertinet Richardo Baylton’, s. xvi1.
On f. iiivis ‘Liber Eduardi Welchman ecclesiae Lapworthiensis rectoris. Febr. 23. 1697/8.’ Welchman, rector of Lapworth (Warw.), fellow 1684–1739, gave it to the College.
Inside the front board is the College bookplate with ‘O. 4. 10 Art’ in pencil, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 1. 5 (CCCXXV)’ in red.
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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
2019-11-13: First online publication