Cy commence le legende doree en francoys.

Accession number: 
PML 505
Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298.
Imprimer a Paris : [Jean Morand?] pour Anthoine Vérard, le .ii. de iung mil cccc iiiixx [et] xiii [2 June 1493]
CCxcvi leaves : illustratsions (woodcuts) ; 34 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title from caption, leaf b1r.
Imprint from colophon, leaf N4v: [Vérard's device] Alhonneur etlouenge de dieu le pere tout puissa[n]t de la glorieuse vierge moarie [et] toute la court celestielle de p[ar]adis aeste a chevee de i[m]primer a Paris ceste prese[n]te legende en francois le .ii. de iung mil cccc iiiixx [et] xiii pour Anthoine verard libraire demoua[n]t a paris. Sur po[n]t nostre dame a lyma[g]e sai[n]t ieha[n] leva[n]geliste ou au palais au p[re]mier pillier devant la chapelle ou on chante le messe de messeigneurs les presidens.
Signatures: a⁴; b-z [et] [con] A-M⁸ N⁴: 296 leaves.
Translated by Jean de Vignay, edited by Jean Battalier.
For variant with printed prologue to Charles VIII see CIBN. C 6484, Pell(Lyon) and Pell Ms 6530 record the date as 1488 (i.e. '.ii. de iung mil cccc iiii xx & viii' for '... iiii xx & xiii'), a misinterpretation of the letters as printed.
PML copy on vellum.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 34 x 22.5 cm.
PML copy missing 27 leaves: a1, d2-7, t2-7, I2-7, M1-8.

Modern full goatskin, blind-tooled in a pastiche of an early style, by Duprez-Lahey; previously in crimson velvet.
Variant Title: 

Légende dorée


Hand decoration: Contemporary French illumination over woodcuts, gold initials and paragraph marks on dark red ground, yellow capital strokes, and ruling.

Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843), armorial book plate with shelf mark: III P.g.5* (front pastedown); his sale, Evans, 1 July 1844, lot 5093; Bertram Ashburnham, Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878), with shelf mark: 9.H (front pastedown); his sale, Sotheby's, 25 June 1897, lot 3909; Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (rear pastedown) and bibliographical notes: No. 36, 16/5/98 and price code: wel/-/- +com (front endleaf 1 recto); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.