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

Merton College E. 3. 9 (1-3)


Language(s): Latin

Digestum Vetus,


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Three leaves. Dimensions of the leaves more than 335 × more than 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 125 mm.
the edges clipped


In 2 cols of 47 lines; the surrounding gloss written and ruled ad hoc.


The text in an excellent Italian gothic rotunda bookhand; the gloss probably in an English version of the same but less proficient.


On 1r a 4-line initial in colours and gold with drollery, prob. French; the rest of the decoration is Italian: large blue initials flourished in red; small red initials flourished in blue; red or blue paraphs.


Origin: s. xiii/xiv ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Taken from a printed book.

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

2019-12-02: First online publication

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