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

Merton College E. 3. 30

HUGH OF ST VICTOR; England, S. XII med.


Language(s): Latin

HUGH OF ST VICTOR, De Sacramentis
Incipit: (prol.) Incipit prologus ⟨libri⟩ magistri Hugonis Sancti Victoris de sacramentis .... Librum de sacramentis Cristianae fidei
Explicit: (prol.) formam exhiberet. Explicit prologus.
Incipit: Primus liber a principio
Explicit: Cum igitur de prima eruditione ... (ends in 2. 18. 16).

PL 176. 173–618; Goy, pp. 133–72, not this copy.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: [in semetipsis]
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 97 leaves. More than 345 × 245 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 170 mm.


The quire-number IX is at the foot of E. 3. 30, f. 97, suggesting that fols. 54–77, 96, 78–83, 97, are 6–98 of the original book.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 40 lines. Pricked in the outer margins only.


An expert large round English protogothic bookhand.


New Coll. f. 4 13-line blue and brown L on a patterned gold and red ground, followed by IBRVM in gold and the heading in red, blue and green. Lambeth, gold and blue I, followed by N PRINCIPIO in red, green and blue, ornamented in the colours; Merton E. 3. 30, f. 41 M prepared for colours. Red, green and blue arabesque initials; plain red, green or blue initials; display script in the colours.


Origin: s. xii med. ; Made in England, perhaps in the west midlands.

Provenance and Acquisition

Not identifiable in any of the Merton booklists and not necessarily a Merton book. Dismembered by an Oxford binder in the 1590s (the latest host book was bought by the College on 23 Aug. 1594).

At the foot of New Coll. 363 f. 4 is ‘Iste liber pertenet ad me iohannem ttan fratris ’, s. xvi. Other notes show that the book was still intact and being used at that date.

Extracted from College bindings in 1919 and 1933, kept in a guard-book; plus Merton College, Stack 111. b. 5 (pastedowns), All Souls College, MS 401 (flyleaves and pastedowns, two bifolia), London, Lambeth Palace Library, **H 1936 (41. c. 3) (flyleaves and pastedowns, two bifolia), Oxford, New College 363, fols. 4–5, and a single leaf sold by Quaritch in 1984 (Cat. 1036, no. 93), now owned by Michael Gullick. 110 leaves in total. The original order is New Coll., f. 4, Lambeth, New Coll., f. 5, E. 3. 30, fols. 1–51 (with gaps), All Souls, rear bifolium, E. 3. 30, fols. 94–5, All Souls, front bifolium, E. 3. 30, fols. 52–77, 96, 78–83, 97, 84–93 (with gaps), Merton Coll., Stack 111. b. 5.

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.


    Ker, Pastedowns, p. xii, and nos 932, 957, 1010, 1039, 1074–5, 1077, 1083, 1089, 1094, 1100, 1102–3, Corrigenda, p. 16; MMBL 3. 666–7; Alexander & Temple, no. 91.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-12-05: First online publication

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