Jacobus de Voragine
Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia [English] The Golden Legend.
Imprint: Westminster: [Wynkyn de Worde], 20 May 1493. Folio.
Collation: [*4] a–e8 F2 f–z [et] [con]8 ē4 A–Y aa–ee8 ff6 gg4.
Illustrations: Woodcuts: see BMC.
Hain: C 6474;
Goff: Goff J‑150;
BMC: BMC XI;
Proctor: Pr 9691;
Others: Blades, Caxton, 101; de Ricci, Caxton, 107; Duff 410; Pellechet, ‘Voragine', no. 113; Rhodes 992; Seyboldt no. 114; Sheppard 7426; STC 24875.
Copy number: J-069(1)
Wanting gatherings [*], a–g, also h1-5, 7, I3-8, gathering k, l7, n4-8, gathering o, p8, q2, 7, 8, r1-2, s5, 8, gathering t, v1.8, x1, 3, 6, y1-2, [con]2.7, B4, D3, K2.7, L8, M1-3, 6-8, gathering N, O7, P1.8, Q2.7, S3-8, and gatherings T–Y, and aa–gg. Leaves p4 and B3 mutilated.
Binding: Nineteenth-century English blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Upper cover detached, lower cover very loose.
Size: 285 × 205 × 37 mm.
Size of leaf: 271 × 187 mm.
Some early marginal annotations written in English. On r8v notes in a sixteenth-century English hand: ‘ . . . [the] countie of Somerset humbly doe acknawledg | him selfe to be in depted vnto John Aker(?) the sum of xv s of god | and lawful mony of England and France and Ierland defender of the fayth | That for fower poundes of Englesh quoin(?) I would I would not forsake hime and soo I end'; heavily cropped notes in English in sixteenth-century hands, on I1r, M5r (these last two apparently in the same ink), and H1r. Occasional scribbles and pen-trials.
Provenance: John Bagford (1650-1716). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); inscription on the remains of an old endleaf, now attached to the front pastedown: ‘Suum cuique Thomas Hearne. This old imperfect book was given me by Mr. John Bagford. It was printed by William Caxton and is a great curiosity'; see MS. Rawl. D. 1167, fol. 5r, no. 59. Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). Bequeathed in 1755.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.4.
SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.4.
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