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Bod-Inc: J-037

Jacobus de Voragine

Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. Koberger version.


Analysis of Content

[*1v] ‘Premittitur legendarum tabula numero foliorum connotata'.

[a1r] ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

[a1r] Jacobus de Voragine: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. ed. Graesse, nos i–xlvii, xlix–lix (sections 1-8 only), lx–lxv, lxvii–lxx, lxxii–cvi (ending imperfectly), cvii–cxxxi, cxxxiv–cxxxviii, cxxxii, cxxxix, cxxxiii, cxl–clxvii, clxix–clxxxii.

[E7v] [Additional legends.] ‘Historia Lambardica explicit quam Iacobus de Voragine frater ordinis predicatorum episcopus Ianuensis compilauit. Ipsa tamen quia multorum sanctorum legendas quos hoc nostro tempore varie dioceses venerantur non habet, dignum duximus etiam aliquas hic annectere ne quos dominus Ihesus Christus ob eorum maxima merita miraculis clarere et toti orbe innotescere voluit a nobis silentio pertranseantur.’ ed. Graesse, nos clxviii, clxxxiii–clxxxxix (part, beginning imperfectly), cxc (with variant incipit), lxxi, cxcvi–ccxii.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 11 Aug. 1478. Folio.


Collation: [*2 a–d10 e6 f8 g6 h–o10 p6 q8 s–z A10 B–E6.8 F G10 H6].


ISTC: ij00090000

Hain: C 6414 = 6413;

Goff: Goff J‑90;

BMC: BMC II 416;

Proctor: Pr 1987;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑70; CIBN J‑68; Oates 991; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 7; Polain 2188; Sack, Freiburg, 1973; Seyboldt no. 20; Sheppard 1450-1.

LCN: 14438678


Copy number: J-037(1)

With the two preliminary leaves containing the table, as Polain, but not included in the BMC collation.

Binding: Nineteenth-century English blind-tooled calf, bound for the Bodleian. Leather index tabs, some dyed red. Remains of an early label bearing the author and the title of the work, now attached to the front pastedown.

Size: 427 × 298 × 67 mm.

Size of leaf: 411 × 276 mm.

Occasional early annotations, ‘nota' marks, also alterations to the punctuation, and other corrections within the text.

On [a1r] a fifteen-line initial ‘U' is supplied in interlocked red and blue within a green pen-work frame, with floral decoration within the body of the letter in green, yellow, and red, and with pen-work extensions into the margins in green, touched with yellow and red; other three- and four-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Maria Laach, Eifel, Benedictines, BVM and S. Nikolaus; inscription on [*1r] in a fifteenth-century hand: ‘Liber sancte marie virginies in lacu in quarto ɂti'; ‘Liber monasterii beate Marie virginis in Lacu in quo continetur Legenda aurea siue Speculum sanctorum que alio nomine dicitur Lombartica historia edita a venerabili patre domino Jacobo cognomento Voraginis episcopo Genuensi ordinis predicatorum'. Joseph Niesert (1766-1841), 1820; inscription on [*1r]: ‘Bibliothecae J. Niesert parochi in Velen. 1820'; sale (1843), lot 320. Purchased at Niesert's sale for £1. 0. 0: see Books Purchased (1843), 51.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 1.24.

Copy number: J-037(2)

Wanting the two preliminary leaves containing the table (see above).

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf, with gold-tooled spine, and marbled pastedowns and edges.

Size: 411 × 291 × 70 mm.

Size of leaf: 401 × 271 mm.

On the two front endleaves is a manuscript index written in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, presumably, in place of the printed table; on the back endleaves, 16 leaves of additional legends and other material, followed by 5 leaves containing an index, both apparently written in the same fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand; these have three- and four-line initials, paragraph marks, and capital strokes are supplied in red. The additional legends and other material are: ed. Graesse nos ccxvii–ccxviii, ccxiii–ccxvi, cxcv, [Bulla ‘Superni benignitas conditoris' [9 Nov. 1389]; MBR 4, 602-4], [Beda, Sermo; incipit: ‘Beata dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini sacrarum . . .suus filius esset et dominus'], [Bulla ‘Rationi congruit et conuenit' [16 Sept. 1464]; incipit: ‘[P]aulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei ad futuram rei memoriam. Rationi congruit et conuenit honestati vt ea que . . .'], [Bulla indulgentiarum' [21 Jan. 1464]; incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .'], [Institutio festi [30 Aug. 1468]; incipit: ‘Adolphus dei gratia sancte Maguntine sedis archiepiscopus . . . rei memoriam. Ex specialis deuotionis affectu quam ad inclitam propugnatricem . . .'], [De eodem festo; incipit: ‘Que est ista puella mater et virgo semper Maria . . . quoque intercedente participes nos faciat glorie . . . Amen'], [untitled; incipit: ‘Rursum hec sollemnitas alio modo alibi declaratur temporibus namque Karoli regis Francorum . . .regnat deus per infinita secula seculorum. Amen'], [Anselmus [S. pseudo-], Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis; incipit: ‘Principium quo salus mundi processit mihi considerare volenti occurrit hodierna . . . et operatione construebatur'; PL CLIX 301-5], [Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis; incipit: ‘[S]acrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legittime congregata . . . hec sancta sinodus elargitur . . . Amen', ed. Graesse nos clxxxix (part)]. Early marginal notes, including commentary on the text, corrections to the text, short titles, extraction of key words, also ‘nota' marks, pointing hands, numbers, and letters indicating the different paragraphs of each legend.

On [a1r] a fifteen-line south German initial ‘U' is supplied in green with acanthus scrolling, within a border of green and red decorated with yellow, on a ground of lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments with flowers in red and yellow, with floral and foliate extensions into the inner and upper margins in red, blue, green, grey, maroon, pink, and yellow, and with a floral extension into the central margin in red and green; other three- and four-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Justin, comte MacCarthy Reagh (1744-1811); sale (18 May 1789), lot 1046. Francis Douce (1757-1834); purchased at MacCarthy's sale, for £1. 0. 0, in Douce's annotated copy of the sale catalogue; armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 297.

Copy number: J-037(3)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑168(5); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf [x6] only.

Size of fragment: 407 × 278 mm.

Six paragraph marks are supplied in red on the verso.

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403(7).

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