Incipit prologus sup[er] legendas sanctorum quas compilavit Fr[ater] Iacobus natione Ianuensis de Ordine Fratrum Predicatorum
- Uniform Title
- Legenda aurea
- Latin. Latin.
- [Lyons, 1468]
- Physical description
- 1 v. ( leaves)
- A collection of the legendary lives of the greater saints of the medieval church. Text complete.
- Christian saints > Biography > Early works to 1800.
- Christian saints > Legends > Early works to 1800.
- Italian literature > To 1400.
- Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern) > France > 15th century.
- Manuscripts > France > 15th century.
- Publication date
- Ms. Codex
- Title from incipit. The author titled the work "Legenda Sanctorum" but it soon became known as "Legenda Aurea." In some of the earlier editions it is titled "Lombardica Historia."
- Prologue, "Universum tempus p[rese]ntis vite... "
- Colophon on verso of i2, "Anno Domini millesimo iiiimo lxviiio fuit [finit?] Septe[m]br[is] p[rim]us lib[e]r ad opus et utilitat[em] auth[oris] Gascilhani m[agis]tri in artibus de Montebrisone Lugd[unensi] dyocesis d'Gascilhani."
- Written either by or for Gascilhanus, of Montbrison, of the diocese of Lyons.
- Collation: Bound mostly in 12's with catchmarks on verso of last leaf of each gathering. Contemporary collation marks in lower right corner. Bifolium a1 and conjugate leaf a12 on vellum, single leaf i4 on vellum; all else on paper. Watermark is a grape cluster device similar to Briquet 12996.
- Layout: Written in two columns of 37 lines.
- Script: Written in cursive bookhand.
- Decoration: First leaf has illuminated initial with decorated border. Rubricated initials and chapter headings.
- Binding: Period style modern blind-tooled paneled calf with blind-tooled spine; contemporary brass clasps.
- The work was first printed in Basel in 1470. By 1500 at least 74 Latin editions had been published as well as three translations into English, five in French, eight Italian, fourteen Low German, and three Bohemian.
- Open for research. Please submit request for material at least 24 hours in advance of use.
- Purchased, 2008. Accession 2008-281.
- Jacob of Varagine or Voragine (Italian: Giacomo da Varazze, Jacopo da Varazze, c. 1230 – July 13 or July 16, 1298), a Dominican, was an Italian chronicler and archbishop of Genoa. His Golden Legend was one of the most popular religious works of the Middle Ages.
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