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Bod-Inc: J-038

Jacobus de Voragine

Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. Koberger version.


Analysis of Content

[a1v] [Table of contents.]

[a2r] ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

[a2r] 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.

[A1r] [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 Apr. 1481. Folio.


Collation: [a10 b6 c8 d e6 f–l8.8.6 m–o6 p–r8 s–x6 y8 z10 A8 B C6].


ISTC: ij00097000

Hain: C 6425;

Goff: Goff J‑97;

BMC: BMC II 419;

Proctor: Pr 2000;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑80; CIBN J‑77; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 18; Seyboldt no. 32; Sheppard 1462.

LCN: 14437959


Copy number: J-038(1)

Binding: Eighteenth-century calf, each cover decorated with triple gold fillets; gold-tooled spine, and marbled pastedowns.

Size: 293 × 211 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 199 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations, including comments on the text, underlining in the text, and pen-trials.

On [a2r] a sixteen-line initial ‘U' is supplied in gold edged in black, on a blue ground edged in black, and within the body of the letter white floral decoration on a pink ground; other two- to five-line initials, some decorated within the body of the letter with pen-work of the other colour, paragraph marks, and line fillers in the table of contents, are supplied in red or blue; capitals touched with yellow wash.

Provenance: Pietro-Antonio Bolongaro-Crevenna (1735-1792); printed label of the sale (1789), part III lot 5945. In the annotated catalogue marked down to ‘Tetrode' for Fl. 3, the equivalent of £0. 5. 3, according to the exchange rate used by Thomas Payne at this sale. Augustin Legillon (fl. 1809); printed book-label: ‘Ex libris Augustini Legillon Brugensis 1809'. J. T. Hand (fl. 1834-1837); signatures on the recto of the front endleaf, and on [C6r]; purchased at his sale (1837), lot 269, for £0. 8. 6: see Books Purchased (1837), 40.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 2.16.

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