Incipit liber preclarissimi religiosi fratris Jacobi de Voragine ordinis predicatoru[m] de vitis sanctorum.

Accession number: 
PML 20498
Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298.
Venetiis : p[er] Antoniu[m] de strata de Cremona [and] Marcum Catanellum, 1480. cal. Jullii [1 July 1480].
184 unnumbered leaves, the first blank ; 31.5 cm. (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr., 1919.

Title from incipit (leaf a2r).
Colophon (leaf ç5v): Revere[n]di fratris Jacobi de avoragine [sic] de legendis sancto[rum] opus p[er]utile hic fine[m] habet: Venetiis p[er] Antoniu[m] de strata de Cremona: Marcum Catanellum Schalvicola[m] socios summa cum diligentia impressum. Anno ab incarnatione domini .1480. cal[endas] Jullii. inclyto Joanne mocenico Veneto[rum] p[ri]ncipe.
Printed in types 1:73G and 2:150G.
Collation: a¹⁰ b-p⁸ q-r⁶ [curisve-r]⁶ s-u⁸ x⁶ y⁸ ç⁶: 184 leaves, leaf a1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 30.3 x 20.5 cm.

Quarter modern leather over contemporary (Italian?) boards (31.5 x 21 cm.), sewn on 3 supports; repaired by W.E. Rudge, Aug. 1929. 1 modern paper rear fly leave; plain endbands. 1 clasp, missing; rear catch has a Virgin and Child stamp and the letter "a." Former manuscript pastedowns (now missing), with offset to the wooden boards.
Variant Title: 

Legenda aurea sanctorum sive Lombardica historia


Hand decoration: Rubricated, alternating red and blue lombards (Venetian style), red C-style paragraph marks. Annotations: Contemporary marginal notations in an Humanist hand, sporadically throughout.

Unidentified ink stamp: egg-shaped with a portrait bust (double-stamped, leaf a2r); unidentified inscriptions, abraded (leaf a1v and a2r); Giuseppe Martini, unidentified catalogue, no. 224 (rear pastedown); J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), purchased from Martini, April 1919.