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Bod-Inc: J-045

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 Isidorus in libro De summo bono ad conuersationem et correctionem . . .’

[a2r] ‘Tabula'. [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.

[ss3r] ‘Explicit Legenda Lombardica Jacobi de Voragine episcopi Januensis'.

[ss3r] ‘Sequuntur quedam legende a quibusdam aliis superaddite'. ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii, cxcv.

[ss4r] 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.

[ss5v] Beda: Sermo. Incipit: ‘Beata dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini sacrarum . . .’

[ss6v] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos cxciii–cxciv, clxxxiv–clxxxv.

[tt2v] 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 . . .’

[tt3r] Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘Bulla indulgentiarum prefati festi' [21 Jan. 1464]. Incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .’

[tt3v] 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 . . .’

[tt4r] ‘De eodem festo'. Incipit: ‘Que est illa puella mater et virgo semper Maria . . .’

[tt5r] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxvi–clxxxix (part).

[vv3v] Anselmus [S. pseudo-: Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis.] PL CLIX 301-5.

[vv4r] ‘Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis'. Incipit: ‘[S]acrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legittime congregata . . .Elucidantibus gratie diuine misteria mercedem gloriosam repromisit . . .’

[vv4v] [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxix (part)–cxc, lii, lxiv, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxviii.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 ‘Legenda Aurea'], 1482. Folio.


Collation: [a–y8 z6 aa–cc8 dd6 ee–hh8 ii6 kk ll8 mm6 nn–yy8 zz10].

Remarks: Collation as Oates; the BMC collation records gatherings [ll] and [mm] as a single gathering of 14 leaves.


ISTC: ij00104000

Hain: R 1109;

Goff: Goff J‑104;

BMC: BMC I 97;

Proctor: Pr 415;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑81; CIBN J‑83; Oates 175; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 19; Rhodes 980; Sack, Freiburg, 1980; Seyboldt no. 39; Sheppard 340.

LCN: 14437852


Copy number: J-045(1)

Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled calf over wooden boards; central boss, corner-pieces, and two catches and clasps lost; rebacked with pigskin. On both covers double fillets form an intersecting double frame; within the outer is a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp and a small flower-petal stamp. The inner rectangle is divided by further triple fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments containing the fleur-de-lis stamp or a small flower-petal stamp. The upper board is cracked; the stamps are too worn for identification.

Size: 291 × 210 × 93 mm.

Size of leaf: 271 × 204 mm.

On [a1r-v] is the legend of S. Magnus, Bishop of Trani, written in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand, entitled ‘De sancto Magno legenda', and with incipit ‘Igitur ad [ ]a dei beatus Magnus in Apulie partibus vnicus suis parentibus ortus est . . .'; there is a relic of S. Magnus in the parish church of Termes, in the diocese of Mende, which is dedicated to the saint: see BS VIII, 551-8. Early marginal annotations in red or black, including ‘nota' marks and pointing hands.

Five- and six–line initials ‘Q' and ‘A', with extensions into the margins, are supplied in red on [a2r] and [c1r] respectively; paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining supplied in red. Early manuscript chapter numbers: 1-214; early foliation numbers in black ink. Part of the title (`Lombardica') written in an early hand on the lower edge.

Provenance: Abensberg, Bavaria, Carmelites; inscription on [a2r] in a sixteenth-century(?) hand: ‘Carmeli Abenspergani'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; ‘Duplum' on the recto of the front endleaf. 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; pencil note by Madan on the inside of the upper cover.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 3Q inf. 1.4.

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