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Legenda aurea : manuscript fragment.


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Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298
Latin. In Latin.
[Germany? : circa 1300-1350?]
  • Book
  • 6 leaves, 330 x 225 mm (240 x 140 mm)
Layout and script: Three complete bifolia, double columns of 35 lines written in a gothic script in dark brown ink and with much use of abbreviation. Capital strokes in red, one 2-line and two 3-line initials in red, one 2-line and two 3-line initials in faded green, headlines in alternating red and green letters. Recovered from use as archival wrappers ("Rapular" inscribed in lower margins of two leaves) and consequently very faded in parts.
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Portions of chapters 99-100, 107-108, 112-113, 117 and 119. These leaves discuss Saints James the Greater, Christopher, Germanus, Eusebius, Stephen, Dominic, and Lawrence, and the Assumption of the Virgin.
Purchased from Bernard Quaritch (catalog 1396, number 32), 2010. Accession 2010-163.
Legenda aurea or Golden legend was one of the most popular books of the Middle Ages. Compiled around 1260 and originally entitled Legenda sanctorum, the work is a collection of the legendary lives of the greater saints of the medieval church.
From the Rosenthal collection.

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