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Bod-Inc: J-039

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.

[A2r] [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–clxxxix (part, beginning imperfectly), cxc, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxii.


Imprint: Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1 Oct. 1482. Folio.


Collation: [a10 b6 c8 d e6 f g8 h6 i k8 l–o6 p–r8 s–x6 y8 z10 A8 B C6].


ISTC: ij00103000

Hain: C 6429;

Goff: Goff J‑103;

BMC: BMC II 423;

Proctor: Pr 2025;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑83; CIBN J‑82; Hillard 1117; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 22; Seyboldt no. 38; Sheppard 1482.

LCN: 14437926


Copy number: J-039(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, rebound for the Bodleian, but with the contemporary German blind-tooled calf lower cover laid down over the nineteenth-century one; rebacked. On the lower cover fillets form concentric frames. Within the outer frame is a cresting roll, within the middle frame a foliate roll, and within the inner frame a foliate staff roll. Further fillets form the inner rectangle containing merrythoughts, each containing a fleuron.

Size: 308 × 225 × 41 mm.

Size of leaf: 297 × 205 mm.

Occasional marginal annotations, including early ones in red ink. ‘Maria hilpf' in red in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand on [a1r], and ‘Et sic est finis huius operis' in red, perhaps in the hand of Pogner, on [A2r].

On [a1r] a sixteen-line stylized initial ‘U' is supplied in blue and green foliate decoration, with foliate extensions into the margins in red, yellow, blue, green, and grey; other decoration, consisting of stylized plants and birds, in the margins in the same colours. Other three- to five-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, paragraph marks, some rubrics, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red. Rubrication by Erasmus Pogner, Landshut(?), c.1500; inscription on [C6r]: ‘Amen. Erasmus Pogner de Lannd’  ’.

Provenance: Munich, Jesuits; inscription on [a1r]: ‘Collegii Societatis IESV Monachii'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; shelfmark on [a1r]: ‘134 Inc. Typ.' Albert Cohn; Catalogue 159, either no. 320 or no. 321. Purchased from Cohn, 26 Apr. 1884, for either 18 or 15 Marks; see Library Bills; note in pencil (probably by Madan) on [a1r].

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q inf. 1.3.

Copy number: J-039(2)

Binding: Contemporary Austrian (1484) calf over wooden boards, bound by Brother Martinus in 1484 (inscription on [a1r]: ‘Frater Martinus de B legat 1484'); four corner-pieces, five bosses on each cover, and two clasps and catches lost. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the lower cover. On both covers double fillets form an outer frame within which is repeated a scroll stamp ‘S. Maria ui[rgo?]' and a larger scroll stamp, not read. Further double fillets form the inner rectangle within which is a kerbed rope-like fillet, and an inscription in Bavarian or Upper Austrian, which is continued in the scrolls inside the inner rectangle; the rectangle is also decorated with a repeated circular floral stamp. For the text of the scrolls and its language, and a discussion of the method of production from movable type, see Götz von Selle, ‘Einbände mit Schriftbändern im oberösterreich-bayrischen Dialekt aus der zweiten Hälfte des xv. Jahrhunderts', Jahrbuch der Einbandskunst, 3/4 (1931), 32-7; for a description of a similar binding see Goldschmidt 145, no. 16. On the upper cover von Selle's text 1-4 (3 now badly damaged/worn, 2 and 4 damaged/worn in places) forms the frame beginning in the upper left-hand corner, text 5 in the upper left-hand scroll, text 6 in the lower left (now very worn), text 7 in the lower right (worn), text 8 in the upper right scroll (slightly damaged). On the lower cover texts 9-12 are in the frame beginning in the lower right-hand corner (9 and 10 partly damaged, 11 very worn), text 14 in the upper right-hand scroll, text 15 in the upper left-hand scroll (slightly damaged), text 13 in the lower right-hand scroll, and text 16 in the lower left-hand scroll (badly damaged). Parchment reinforcing slips in several gatherings: those between gatherings [a] and [b], and between [B] and [C], have been taken from an early twelfth-century liturgical manuscript with musical notation, the slip between [B] and [C] being decorated in red, blue, and green.

Size: 320 × 227 × 61 mm.

The front pastedown contains a list of expenses of a farm near Vienna (Zieselmauer), written in two columns in German in a fifteenth-century(?) hand. The rear pastedown contains part of a calendar of blood-letting, from Mar. to Dec., written in two columns and dated 1479: ‘Martius. Feria quarta ante Gregory praeter nates. Dominico post Gregory optime praeter coxas. Feria quinta post Gregory optime praeter crura . . .' Also four lines of verse(?) in a fifteenth-century(?) hand in red: Incipit: ‘Quid valet argumentum quid [ ] [damaged] | Cum breui fossa caro sanguis claudantur [damaged]'.

Marginal notes in various fifteenth- to sixteenth-century hands, including comments on the text, corrections to the text, some extraction of keywords, ‘nota' marks and numbers, and underlining in the text in black ink. Various notes on [a1r] are by Alexander Bischoff.

Two- to sixteen-line initials, some with extensions into the margins, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining of the first line of each legend are supplied in red.

Provenance: Georgius Christophorus (sixteenth century?); name on [a1r]. Gundacker, Baron zu Polheim, Lichtenegg und Steinhaus (b. 1575). Alexander Bischoff (fl. 1609); inscription on [a1r]: ‘G. S. Ex dono illustris ac generosi domini domini Gundallaci baronis a Polhaimb in Kam Lichtenegg et Steinhaus duabus ibidem utriusque Engelhardstetten et Schneberg possessoris Sac. Ces. Reg. que Hung. Maj. consiliarii domini sancti Clementis jure me possidet Alexander Episcopus Lesnicensis Libonotius [cancelled] anno reparatæ salutis 1609 27 Novemb. In arce Kam.' Abraham Daubel (†1664?); inscription on [a1r]: ‘Sum Abrahami Daubl Neustadiensis ad Orilam'. Christian Daubel (fl. 1664); inscription on [a2r]: ‘Iure hæreditario me possidere incepit Christianus Daubel, 1664'. Charles Clifford (fl. 1838); signature and date on [a1r]. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); purchased 9 June 1944 from Francis Edwards for £32. 0. 0; accession no. ‘R225'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 33.1.

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