Legenda aurea : manuscript fragment
- Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298
- Latin. In Latin.
- [Germany? : circa 1300-1350?]
- Physical description
- 6 leaves, 330 x 225 mm (240 x 140 mm)
- 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.
- 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.
- Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
- 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.