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Bod-Inc: J-058

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.] ‘Lombardica hystoria'.’

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 alphabetica'. [Subject index.] Incipit: ‘[A]bscondita diuinitus manifestantur. Legenda lxxii capitulo B. In principio . . .’

b6r ‘Prologus'. ed. Graesse, 1-2.

b6v ‘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.

P1r ‘Sequuntur quedam legende a quibusdam aliis superaddite'. ed. Graesse, nos clxxxiii, cxcv.

P1v 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.

P3r Beda: Sermo. Incipit: ‘Beata dei genitrix virgo semper Maria templum domini sacrarum . . .’

P4r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos cxciii–cxciv, clxxxiv–clxxxv.

P8r 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 . . .’

P8v Paulus II, Pont. Max.: ‘Bulla indulgentiarum prefati festi' [21 Jan. 1464].’ Incipit: ‘Paulus episcopus seruus seruorum dei . . . Ad id maxime versatur nostra intentio vt . . .’

P8v 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 . . .’

Q1r ‘De eodem festo'. Incipit: ‘Que est illa puella mater et virgo semper Maria . . .’

Q3r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxvi–clxxxix (part).

Q8r Anselmus [S. pseudo-: Extracts from Tractatus de conceptione Mariae virginis.] PL CLIX 301-5.

Q8v ‘Ex decreto concilii Basiliensis'. Incipit: ‘Sacrosancta generalis sinodus Basiliensis in spiritu sancto legitime congregata . . .Elucidantibus gratie diuine mysteria mercedem gloriosam repromisit . . .’

R3r [Additional legends.] ed. Graesse, nos clxxxix (part)–cxc, lii, lxiv, lxxi, cxcvi–ccxviii.


Imprint: Strasbourg: [Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger], 1496. 4°.


Collation: a b–z A–V8.

Remarks: Leaf s3 signed r3.


ISTC: ij00134000

Hain: C 6466;

Goff: Goff J‑134;

BMC: BMC I 111;

Proctor: Pr 476A;

Others: Hillard 1120; Oates 194; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 60; Rhodes 991; Sack, Freiburg, 1993; Seyboldt no. 88; not in Sheppard.


Copy number: J-058(1)

Binding: Early sixteenth-century English blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, with metal clasp and catch, the former hinged from upper to lower cover. On both covers triple intersecting fillets form a frame, with a small round flower-petal stamp at the points of intersection. Outside the frame are two different triangular half-leaf stamps. Within the inner rectangle is a panel consisting of two rows of three angels each playing a different musical instrument and enclosed by foliage; around the panel is the inscription: ‘Domine ex | audi oracione meam | et clamor | meus ad te veniat' [Ps 101,2]; see Oldham, Blind Panels, 17 and pl. vii, AN 12. Some small repairs to the spine and the corner of the upper cover.

Size: 219 × 158 × 64 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 140 mm.

Pastedowns are two complete leaves from Johannes de Garlandia, Aequivoca cum commento. [Deventer: Richard Pafraet, between 12 Mar. 1492 and 6 June 1500] (G‑033A), b2 and b8.

Marginal annotations, including comments on the text, ‘nota' marks, pointing hands, and underlining in the text in black ink. Title in a contemporary hand on the fore-edge. On V8r is a sixteenth-century drawing in black ink of a Tudor rose flanked by ‘A' and ‘H' in ornamental capitals, perhaps a contemporary reference to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and, if so, presumably to be dated to 1533-6; other drawings of lattice-work on V7v. On V8v notes in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century English hand on steps to attaining a pure life(?).

Provenance: John Rogers (fifteenth/sixteenth century); inscription on a1r: ‘Ex dono [cancellation] fratris mei Johannis Roger[ ]'. Abraham Hopton (sixteenth century); name on a1r. Thomas Gray (sixteenth century); name on a1r, in the same hand as the one that wrote Hopton's name. William Tyssen Amherst, 1st Lord Amherst of Hackney (1835-1909); two different armorial book-plates, the one on the front pastedown being surmounted by a baron's coronet, and therefore presumably dating from after Aug. 1892, the date of Amherst's elevation to the peerage, the other (on a1v) without the coronet, presumably dating from before Aug. 1892; see Seymour de Ricci, A Hand-list of a Collection of Books and Manuscripts belonging to . . . Lord Amherst . . . (Cambridge, 1906), no. 28; sale, Catalogue of the Magnificent Library of Choice and Valuable Books and Manuscripts, the Property of the late Lord Amherst . . ., 2nd portion (London: Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 24 Mar. 1909), lot 993. George Dunn (1865-1912); book-plate; Jenkinson, List of Incunabula, 5, no. 96; sale, Sotheby's, 11 Feb. 1913, lot 679. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969); armorial book-plate; purchased from Maggs Brothers Ltd in 1962 for £76. 10. 0; accession no. ‘R 1920'. Presented in 1978 by John Ehrman.

SHELFMARK: Broxb. 32.3.

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