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Bod-Inc: J-027

Jacobus de Voragine

Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. With the life of Arbogastus.


Analysis of Content

[a1r] ‘Tabula festiuitatum temporum et sanctorum in hoc libro ordine foliorum et numero contentorum'.

[a2r] ‘Prologus'. Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea, ed. Th. Graesse, 2nd edn (Leipzig, 1850), 1-2.

[a2r] Jacobus de Voragine: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. ed. Graesse, nos i–xiv (ending imperfectly), xv, xvi–xvii (both ending imperfectly), xviii–xxviii, xxx–lix (sections 1-8 only), lx–lxi, lxiii–xciv (with variant beginning), xcv–clxxxii.

[B10r] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii–clxxxix (part only, beginning imperfectly), lxii, cxc (with variant beginning), cxci–cxcii.

[C9r] ‘De sancto Arbogasto'. Incipit: ‘[I]n diebus Tagaberti regis magni sacerdos dei Arbogastus Germanie ciuitatis . . .’ Explicit: Arbogastus sine grauedine . . .in secula Amen


Imprint: [Basel: Michael Wenssler, not after 1474]. Folio.


Collation: [a–c10 d8 e–m10 n8 o–r10 s8 t10 v6 x8 y z10 A8 B C10].


ISTC: ij00082000

Hain: C 6399;

Goff: Goff J‑82;


Proctor: Pr 7460;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑65; CIBN J‑62; Hillard 1116; M. Pellechet, ‘Jacques de Voragine: liste des éditions des ses ouvrages publiées au xv. siècle', Revue des bibliothèques, 5/4 (1895), 89-98, and 8-9 (1895), 225-7, no. 78; Robert F. Seyboldt, ‘Fifteenth-century editions of the Legenda aurea’, Speculum, 21 (1946), 327-38, no. 8; Sheppard 2317.

LCN: 14436560


Copy number: J-027(1)

Leaf [a1-2] damaged and repaired; [C10] badly mutilated, and backed with a parchment slip.

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards; two clasps and catches lost. On both covers sextuple fillets form an outer frame, within which is a repeated rosette stamp. Quadruple fillets form an inner frame which is divided by further quadruple fillets into four quadrilateral compartments each with ‘Maria' and ‘Iohes m' scroll stamps. Quadruple fillets form the inner rectangle, containing a repeated ‘Iohes m' scroll stamp, and with a small rosette stamp at each corner. Remains of paper labels on the spine.

Size: 412 × 306 × 105 mm.

Size of leaf: 396 × 284 mm.

Two parchment strips (formerly pastedowns, now lifted), one at the front, the other at the back, relating to the council of Basel.

Some early marginal annotations in black ink, including corrections to the text, also ‘nota' marks in both black ink and red, and pointing hands. Irregular early manuscript foliation in arabic numerals: 1-244 (246) in black ink, sometimes corrected twice; manuscript signatures in black ink.

On [a2r] an eight-line initial ‘U' is supplied in blue within a faded red pen-work border, with faded red pen-work decoration within the body of the letter, and with faded red pen-work extensions into the margins and between the columns; a six–line initial ‘A' is supplied in red decorated with faded red pen-work as above. Other two- and three-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, paragraph marks, and some rubrics are supplied in red; foliation in roman numbers supplied in red or in black ink; capital strokes and underlining in red.

Provenance: Heavily erased inscription(?) on the front pastedown. Martinus Riedmann (fl. 1558); inscription on the front pastedown: ‘Martinus Riedmann Vlmænsis est possysor(!) huius libri anno 1558 mense vero Augusti. O Homo memento mori'. Bonavantura Brem (1755-1818); armorial book-plate, lettered ‘BAZW' (see Warnecke 2409). Weissenau, Württemberg, diocese of Konstanz, Premonstratensians, SS. Petrus et Paulus; inscription on [a2r]: ‘Monasterii Augiæ Minoris'. Joseph Baer & Co., 143. Lager-Catalog (1884), no. 647. Purchased from Joseph Baer in 1884 for 18 Marks; see Library Bills; pencil note by Madan on the front pastedown.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 4Q inf. 1.11.

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