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

Merton College E. 3. 38


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Two leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 160 mm.


Ruled with fine pencil in 2 cols. of 60 lines


Written in a gothic rotunda bookhand influenced by anglicana.


A blue initial flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.


Origin: s. xiv ; English, prob. Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Taken from ‘79. c. 1’ (Tertullian, Paris 1545, at the College in 1556). Another two leaves (De Intelligentiis) in ‘32. a. 8’ (G. Agricola, Basel 1546, given by Robert Barnes, for whom see MS 268); ten in Bodl. Libr., MS Lat. misc. b. 18, nos A. 42–51 (A. 43 taken from Merton Coll. ‘78. i. 30’, Isychius, Basel 1527, another leaf from ‘82. i. 15’, Cajetanus, Paris 1539, A. 51 from a book with the old shelfmark H. 3. 6 Th). The Bodleian leaves contain parts of Avicenna, De Anima, Liber de Causis, Algazel, Physicaand Metaphysica, Alexander of Aphrodisius, De Intellectu, and Averroes, De Intellectu and In Metaphys. (IX, comm. 128).

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, Oxford Libraries in 1556, nos 24, 112; M.-T. d’Alverny, ‘Avicenna Latinus: Codices Britannici’, AHDMLA 32 (1965), 264–302, at pp. 293–6, and in B. Barker-Benfield and A. de la Mare, MSS at Oxford; An Exhibition in Memory of Richard William Hunt (Oxford, The Bodleian Library, 1980), XI. 5 and fig. 5. Ker, Pastedowns, nos 713–14 and Corrigenda, p. 13.

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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