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Bod-Inc: J-044

Jacobus de Voragine

Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. With texts relating to Marian feasts as J‑041; legends as J‑043.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] ‘Incipit tabula super legendas sanctorum secundum ordinem alphabeti collecta. Et primo premittitur prologus qui ostendit modum reperiendi materias contentas in diuersis locis huius voluminis'. ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘[Q]uoniam sicut dicit Ysidorus in libro De summo bono ad conuersationem et correctionem . . .’

[a2r] [Subject index.] Incipit: ‘[A]bscondita diuinitus manifestantur. Legenda lxxxii capitulo B. In principio . . .’

[b7r] ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

[b7v] ‘Capitula'. ‘De festiuitatibus que occurrunt infra tempus renouationis'.

[c1r] Jacobus de Voragine: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. ed. Graesse, nos i–xlvii, xlix–li, liii–lxiii, lxv, lxvii–lxx, lxxii–lxxxiv, lxxxvi, lxxxv, lxxxvii–xciv, xcvi, xcv (with additional section on the name), xcvii–cxxxi, cxxxiv–cxxxviii, cxxxii, cxxxix, cxxxiii, cxl–clxxxii.

[T4r] ‘Explicit Legenda Lombardica Jacobi de Voragine episcopi Januensis'.

[T5r] ‘Sequuntur quedam legende a quibusdam aliis superaddite'. ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii, cxcv.

[T5v] Bonifacius IX, Pont. Max.: ‘Tenor bulle per Bonifacium Papam ix transmisse ad diuersas mundi partes super festo visitationis beate Marie virginis ad Elizabeth'. Bulla ‘Superni benignitas conditoris' [9 Nov. 1389]. MBR 4, 602-4.

[T7r] Beda: Sermo. Incipit: ‘Beata dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini sacrarum . . .’

[T8v] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos cxciii–cxciv, clxxxiv–clxxxv.

[V5r] Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘De festo presentationis Marie ad templum in Hierusalem'. 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 . . .’

[V5v] Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘Bulla indulgentiarum prefati festi' [21 Jan. 1464]. Incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .’

[V5v] Adolphus, Archiepiscopus Mogonciacensis: ‘Institutio huius festi' [30 Aug. 1468]. Incipit: ‘Adolfus dei gratia sancte Maguntine sedis archiepiscopus . . . rei memoriam. Ex specialis deuotionis affectu quam ad inclitam propugnatricem . . .’

[V6r] ‘De eodem festo'. Incipit: ‘Que est illa puella mater et virgo semper Maria . . .’

[V7v] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxvi–clxxxix (part).

[X6r] Anselmus [S. pseudo-: Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis.] PL CLIX 301-5.

[X6v] ‘Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis'. Incipit: ‘[S]acrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legittime congregata . . . Elucidantibus gratie diuine misteria mercedem gloriosam repromisit . . .’

[x7r] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxix (part)–cxc, lii, lxiv, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxviii.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 ‘Legenda aurea'], 1481. Folio.


Collation: [a b8 c10 d–z A–Z aa bb8].


ISTC: ij00099000

Hain: C 6423;

Goff: Goff J‑99;

BMC: BMC I 96;

Proctor: Pr 412;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑79; CIBN J‑79; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 17; Sack, Freiburg, 1977-8; Seyboldt no. 34; Sheppard 338.

LCN: 14437861, 14456648


Copy number: J-044(1)

Wanting the blank leaf [bb8].

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled red sheep over wooden boards, with two bosses, four corner-pieces, two catches, and two clasps, all lost. On both covers single fillets form an intersecting double frame. Within the outer frame is a repeated tear-drop-shaped dragon stamp and a rectangular dragon(?) stamp. Further single fillets form the inner rectangle which is divided into triangular compartments by single fillets forming a saltire cross. These and the cross are decorated with the tear-drop dragon stamp and a lozenge-shaped flower-petal stamp. All stamps badly worn.

Size: 310 × 221 × 100 mm.

Size of leaf: 298 × 203 mm.

Occasional early marginal annotations, including, on [F7r], a diagram showing the relationship of various figures, such as Anna, Maria, and Jesus; also pointing hands. Early manuscript titles in black ink in a cursive hand on [a1r] and in a gothic text-hand across the fore-edge.

Partial rubrication on [a2r –a3r], [b7r], and [c1r] only: three- to seven-line initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Rott am Inn, Bavaria, Benedictines, SS. Marinus et Anianus; inscription within the body of the initial ‘Q' on [a2r]: ‘FF. Benedd. Oeno-Rothensium'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Duplum' in black ink on front pastedown. Purchased from Albert Cohn; catalogue 159, no. 318 for 24 Marks; see Library Bills, 26 Apr. 1884.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q inf. 1.2.

Copy number: J-044(2)

Bound in a modern guard-book of fragments.


Leaf [bb7] only, heavily cropped, and lacking the printed running folio number.

Not in Sheppard.

Size of fragment: 207 × 134 mm.

Provenance and date of acquisition unknown.

SHELFMARK: Inc. b. G97.1(12).

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