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

Merton College E. 3. 32

Contents

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Nine leaves (two bifolia and five single leaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 100 mm.

Layout

Ruled with fine pencil in 33 long lines.

Hand(s)

A single expert protogothic bookhand.

Decoration

One red and blue initial, the rest plain red or green.

History

Origin: s. xii med. ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Four of the leaves were taken from ‘16. e. 3’ (J. Aventinus, Basel 1580), one from ‘17. b. 19’ (Alfraganus, Frankfurt 1590), two from ‘24. b. 4’ (S. Theupolus, &c., n. p. 1590, &c.), one from ‘24. b. 15’ (Virgil, Heidelberg 1589, bought at Frankfurt 1590), one from ‘66. d. 5’ (P. Belonius, &c., Antwerp 1589 &c.). Fifteen more leaves remain in situ: two in ‘34. h. 20’ (J. P. Maffeius, Venice 1588), two in ‘67. e. 2’ (Manilius, Heidelberg 1590, bought at Frankfurt in the same year), one in ‘74. c. 2’ (J. Chrysostom, &c., London 1590 &c.), two in ‘81. a. 7’ (J. Cyparissiotus, &c., Rome 1581 &c.), two in ‘46. e. 13’ (J. Cassianus, Rome 1588), two in ‘95. i. 20’ (R. Bellarminus, &c., Antwerp 1589, bought at Frankfurt in 1590), four in ‘Stack 121. f. 1’ (A. Montecatinus, Ferrara 1576, bought in Italy in 1589). There are four more in Oxford, Corpus Christi Coll., MS 487, nos 67–8, taken from I. 19. 11 (Venice 1589 &c.), two in Bodl. Libr., MS Seld. supra 102*, fols. 9, 10, taken from 8º A. 14 Art. Seld. (Aristotle, vol. 3, Venice 1560), eight in Bodl. Libr., MS Savile Q. 5 (Cologne, 1578), nineteen in Eton College, MS 218, taken from Gi. 6. 1–10* (Aristotle, Venice 1560), one in Cambridge, Magdalen Coll. H. 17. 33 (J. Cuiacus, Cologne 1588, ‘B. Jesop’ s. xvi/xvii).

Record Sources

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

Availability

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

Bibliography

    Ker, Pastedowns, nos 1062–3, 1067, 1084, 1087, 1090, 1092–3, 1095–7, 1121, 1141, 1307, 1389, 1570; Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding, no. 1371. 1. Of the total of 58 leaves those in E. 3. 32 were examined by J. Leclerq, but were not collated for the edition in SBO 1.

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