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

Merton College MS. 328



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–72v)
JOHN ASHENDEN, Summa de accidentibus mundi
Incipit: ||(Beg. impf. in d. 7 c. 8) mmum pauca in rebus in quibus proscrutabuntur
Final rubric: (f. 40) Completa est igitur hec compilacio tractatus primi summe iudicialis de accidentibus mundi in ciuitate Oxonie per magistrum Iohannem de Eshenden 20 die mensis Iulii anno Christi 1347.
Incipit: (f. 41) Incipit prologus in tractatus summe iudicialis de accidentibus mundi. Sicut dicit Aristoteles 2. ethicorum c. 8 sermones generales et amores particulares animi sunt ueriores ...
Explicit: (ends mutil. in d. 4 c. 4).

Pr. Venice 1489 (GW 9392); Carmody, p. 171; eTK 0761K, 1482A, ; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 206–7, not this copy. f. 41v is blank.

At the foot of f. 2v, s. xv, is a table of zodiacal signs, beg. ‘Aries dominatur in Florencia, Fauencia et Britania maiori’; most of the place-names are Italian. Circular diagrams in the lower margins of fols. 4, 5v-6, 19, 35v, in the text at f. 7. The text of tract. 1 has been corrected in the margins; throughout is marginal annotation of ss. xiv and xv; running heads of s. xiv.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: mutil.
A substantial fragment from near the beginning of a large book.
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 74 leaves (i + 73)
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 155 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed, removing portions of diagrams in the lower margins.
Foliation: Early foliation in arabic numerals runs 40–9, 53–112.


112(lacks 1–3), 212(lacks 2–4), 3–612, 78(lacks 7–8); catchwords. Two quires are missing from the beginning; the outer margins of fols. 2, 48, 68, the outer and lower margins of f. 69, and the outer col. of f. 40, have been excised. Most of fols. 71 and 72 have been ripped out.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols, written in c. 49 lines.


A gothic rotunda bookhand influenced by anglicana, of the usual university type.


Blue initials flourished in red; red paraphs, highlighting and underlining. Tables and diagrams in red and ink of text.


s. xix in., sewn on six bands. Fols. i and 73 are blank paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIV med. ; England, probably Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably made commercially at Oxford.

Bought by the College at the Powis Castle sale, Davis & Orioli, London, lot 22, 20 March 1923.

Record Sources

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


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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

2019-11-18: First online publication

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