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

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