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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

[a1r] [Title-page.] ‘Legenda sanctorum aliis Lombardica historia'.

[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] [Subject index.] ‘Tabula'. Incipit: ‘[A]bscondita diuinitus manifestantur. Legenda octuagesimasecunda capitulo B. In principio . . .’ The title is expressed in the running heading.

[b5r] ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

[b5v] ‘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.

K1r ‘Quedam legende a quibusdam aliis superaddite'. ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii, cxcv.

K1v 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.

K2v Beda: Sermo. Incipit: ‘Beati dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini sacrarum . . .’

K2v [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos cxciii–cxciv, clxxxiv–clxxxv.

K6r 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 . . .’

K6v Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘Bulla indulgentiarum prefati festi' [21 Jan. 1464]. Incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .’

K6v 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 . . .’

K7r ‘De eodem festo'. Incipit: ‘Que est illa puella mater et virgo semper Maria . . .’

K8r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxvi–clxxxix (part).

L4r Anselmus [S. pseudo-: Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis.] PL CLIX 301-5.

L4v ‘Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis'. Incipit: ‘[S]acrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legittime congregata . . . Elucidantibus gratie diuine misteria mercedem gloriosam repromisit . . .’

L5r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxix (part)–cxc, lii, lxiv, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxviii.


Imprint: Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 25 June 1486. Folio.


Collation: [a b6] c–f8.6 g8 h–z8.6 A6 B–N8.6 O6.


ISTC: ij00114000

Hain: C 6446;

Goff: Goff J‑114;


Proctor: Pr 7655;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑89; CIBN J‑91; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 39; Sack, Freiburg, 1985; Seyboldt no. 57; Sheppard 2470-1.

LCN: 14499943


Copy number: J-050(1)

Binding: Blind-tooled reversed calf, English c.1700. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover. The gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers. Lower board detached.

Size: 300 × 218 × 66 mm.

Size of leaf: 292 × 201 mm.

Some early marginal annotations, including commentary on the text, and corrections to the text in black ink, also a note in English on v1r giving the translation of the Latin word ‘cloaca'. The word ‘papa' has been cancelled or erased, as have the references to S. Thomas of Canterbury; on e2v –e3r the whole of his story has been cancelled, line by line, in black ink; corrections in red on s4v. On O6v two lists, in a sixteenth-century English hand, relating to the sale of sheep, giving, in the first list, the names of vendors and the number of sheep sold: ‘John Roude vend. iii hoggs | John Palmer vend vii hoggs | John Luyscombe vend. iii owes & ii agnell' | John Palmer fit Eli[ ] Tucler vend. iii hoggs | John Roude vend. in ii hoggs | Henry Grene vend. in iiii hoggs | W. Luscombe vend. in iiii hoggs | Thomas Michalson vend. in | John Palmer vend in ii'; and, in the second list, a table of payments: ‘Item [ ] ii weders p'c - iiii s iiii d | Item i weddyr ii [ ] - v s vi d | Item vii weddyrs p'c - xiiii s | Item iiii weddyrs iii hoggs - xiiii s [ ] | Item de John Roude ii hoggs - xl d | Item de Henry Grene iiii hoggs - viii s | Item de W. Luscombe iii hoggs - v s ii d | Item de Thomas Rebe sheperd ii hoggs - iii s v d | Item de Wo Luscombe i scherhoke - xviii d | Item de John Palmer ii scherhoggs - iii s ii d | 3 li. 2 s 2 d | Item de Eli[ ] Mosto[ ] xx | Item de R[ ]re de Wolmerthington(?) ix agnell' - xxxiii s iiii d | p'c - [ ]'.

Provenance: In England by 1530s/1540s; cancellation of the story of S. Thomas (see above). English provenance; lists relating to sheep farming (see above); also note in English on v1r. Robert Burton (1577-1640)(?); Kiessling, Robert Burton, no. 1675 notes that this was ‘probably' the copy owned by Burton; listed in the Benefactors' Register I 358. Probably bequeathed by Burton in 1640.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: I 3. 7 Th; I 3. 7 Med.(?)

SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 3.5.

Copy number: J-050(2)

Wanting [a1], [t5], and the blank leaf [O6].

Binding: Seventeenth-century German sheep over wooden boards with two metal catches and remains of two clasps; red-edged leaves. On both covers fillets form concentric frames. Within the outer frame is a foliate and floral roll, and within the inner frame is a foliate roll. Triple fillets form an innner rectangle with an ornamental centre-piece and, at each corner, an ornamental stamp. At the foot of the spine is a painted label bearing the letter ‘I'.

Size: 258 × 189 × 61 mm.

Size of leaf: 250 × 175 mm.

Early marginal annotations, including comments on and corrections to the text, and pointing hands.

Two- to five-line initials are supplied in blue, red, or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks, capital strokes, and underlining are supplied in red.

Provenance: Henricus Embrice (fl. 1544). Böddeken, Paderborn, Westphalia, Augustinian Canons Regular, S. Meinolphus; fifteenth/sixteenth-century inscription on [a2r]: ‘Liber canonicorum regularium monasterii sancti Meinulphi in Bodeken Paderbronensi diocesi ad vsum fratris Henrici Embrice'. Joseph Niesert (1766-1841), 1816; inscription on the verso of the front endleaf: ‘Bibliothecae J. Niesert pastoris in Velen 1816'; sale (1843), lot 1519, with the imprint given as [Basel: Kessler, 1480?]. Purchased in 1843 at Niesert's sale for £0. 8. 6: see Books Purchased (1843), 51.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 6Q 6.19.

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