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Bod-Inc: J-054

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

<1-4>1r [Title-page.] ‘Lombardica hystoria'.’

<1-4>2r ‘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 . . .’

<1-4>2r [Subject index.] Incipit: ‘[A]bscondita diuinitus manifestantur. Legenda lxxiii capitulo B. In principio . . .’

<11-44>4v ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

<11-44>5r ‘Capitula'. ‘De festiuitatibus que occurrunt infra tempus renouationis'.

B1r 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.

f4r ‘Explicit Legenda Lombardica Jacobi de Voragine ordinis predicatoum episcopi ianuensis'.

f5r ‘Sequuntur quedam legende a quibusdam aliis superaddite'. ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii, cxcv.

f5v 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.

f6v Beda: Sermo. Incipit: ‘Beati dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini . . .’

f7v [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos cxciii–cxciv, clxxxiv–clxxxv.

g2v 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 . . .’

g3r Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘Bulla indulgentiarum prefati festi' [21 Jan. 1464].’ Incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .’

g3r 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 . . .’

g3v ‘De eodem festo'. Incipit: ‘Que est illa puella mater et virgo . . .’

g4v [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxvi–clxxxix (part).

h1v Anselmus [S. pseudo-: Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis.] PL CLIX 301-5.

h1v ‘Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis'. Incipit: ‘[S]acrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legitime congregata . . .Elucidantibus gratie diuine mysteria mercedem gloriosam repromisit . . .’

h2r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxix (part)–cxc, lii, lxiv, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxviii.


Imprint: Basel: [Michael Wenssler], 1490. 4°.


Collation: <1-4>8 <11-44>6 B C [gothic C] D–Z a–i8 k10.


ISTC: ij00125000

Hain: C 6455;

Goff: Goff J‑125;


Proctor: Pr 7587;

Others: BSB‑Ink I‑95; CIBN J‑97; Hillard 1119; Rhodes 986; Sack, Freiburg, 1991; Seyboldt no. 69; Sheppard 2360.

LCN: 14499916


Copy number: J-054(1)

Wanting f5-8, and gatherings g–k.

Binding: Contemporary English (Cambridge) blind-tooled calf inlaid on nineteenth-century boards of blind-tooled calf, with marbled pastedowns. The inlaid panel on each cover, the work of ‘W. G.', is divided by triple fillets into lozenge-shaped and triangular compartments containing a shield-shaped monogram stamp (Oldham, Blind-stamped bindings, pl. x, no. 20), a lozenge-shaped fleuron (Oldham, pl. x, no. 24), a lozenge-shaped double-headed eagle stamp (Oldham, pl. x, no. 28), or a flower-petal stamp (Oldham, pl. x, no. 33).

Size: 218 × 152 × 36 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 133 mm.

For each saint's life the corresponding date is supplied in manuscript in a sixteenth-century hand (perhaps the one that wrote the donation inscription of Robert Sotheby, see below) in the upper margin. Some early marginal annotations, including the extraction of key words, and occasional pointing hands.

On B1r a six–line initial ‘A' is supplied in blue, within a red pen-work frame, and with red pen-work within the body of the letter; other two- to seven-line initials, paragraph marks, capital strokes supplied in red.

Provenance: William Pollard (c.1500); various William Pollards listed in Venn pt. 1, III, 376; signature on <1-4>1r. Robert Sotheby (sixteenth century); inscription on <1-4>2r: ‘Ex dono Roberti Sothebye de Burdsall'. Presented in June 1932 through the Friends of the Bodleian by Dr John Henry Burn: see BQR 7,79 (1933), 323.

SHELFMARK: Don. e.32.

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