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

Merton College E. 3. 6


Language(s): Latin

Roman de la Rose

One of two bifolia, the text complete except for some of the outer col. of one leaf torn away; the other a single bifolium, lacking most of the outer col. from the first leaf, the first recto and last verso badly defaced.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Two fragments perhaps from two different copies
Dimensions (written): 220 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 180 mm.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols of 40 lines


(A): Written in an English gothic rotunda bookhand.

(B): Written in a French gothic rotunda bookhand.


(A): Red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; yellow highlighting.

(B): Red or blue initials flourished in the other colour.


Origin: s. xiv ; English and French

Provenance and Acquisition

Another leaf, from the same book as B, is in the collection of Dr C. F. R. De Hamel, bought from Quaritch (Cat. 1056 [1985], no. 28, where it was illustrated). It contains lines 15519-15680.

Record Sources

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


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


    A. Ewart, ‘Two fragments of the “Roman de la Rose”’, Modern Language Review, 26 (1931), 182-7.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-08: First online publication