Reuere[n]di fratris Jacobi de auoragine de legendis sancto[rum] opus p[er]utile.

Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298.
Standardized Title:
Legenda aurea
Other Title:
De legendis sanctorum opus perutile
Liber preclarissimi religiosi fratris Jacobi de Uoragine ordinis predicatorum de vitis sanctorum
[Venice : Antonius de Strata and Marcus Catanellus, 1 July 1480]
[184] leaves ; 29 cm. (fol.)
atua *:o- fufa (C) 1480 (A)
Christian saints -- Biography -- Early works to 1800.
Christian saints -- Legends -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula -- Italy -- Venice -- 1480.
Place of Publication:
Italy Venice.
Title and imprint from colophon (leaf ç5).
Colophon reads: Reuere[n]di fratris Jacobi de auoragine de legendis sancto[rum] opus p[er]utile hic fine[m] habet: Uenetijs p[er] Antoniu[m] de strata de Cremona: [et] Marcum Catanellum Schaluicolam socios summa cum diligentia impressum. Anno ab incarnatione domini. 1480. cal. Jullij. inclyto Joanne mocenico Ueneto[rum] p[ri]ncipe.
Incipit at caption of a2 recto reads: Incipit liber preclarissimi religiosi fratris Jacobi de Uoragine ordinis predicatoru[m] de vitis sanctorum.
Signatures: a¹⁰ b-p⁸ q⁶ r⁶ [rounded]r⁶ s-u⁸ x⁶ y⁸ ç⁶ (a1 blank).
Without pagination or catchwords.
Chancery folio, printed in double columns. Area of text: 213 x 131 mm.; col. width: 62 mm.; 58 lines to a full column.
Initial spaces; those on a2 with guide letters.
"The wording of the incipit, together with the error 'auoragine' in the colophon, suggests that the archetype of this edition was that of Arnoldus, 1478."--BM 15th cent.
Local notes:
Leaf size: 282 x 195 mm.
Rubricated: large initial on leaf a2 in blue, green, and maroon on gold panel with brush and penwork extensions; other initials and paragraph marks in red or blue; some capital strokes and underlines in red; leaves numbered in red.
A few contemporary ms. notes in red or green ink in margins.
On the final free endpaper is a list, in pencil, of several Latin manuscript abbreviations and the words or letters they represent.
Imperfect: leaf a1 (blank) wanting; last leaf detached from gathering, trimmed of all margins, and mounted on a blank leaf; a10 pasted to a9 at inner margin; b1 pasted at inner margin to stub of (wanting) a1?
Mild dampstaining on several leaves, and frequent light staining around ink-supplied initials, with no loss of text; ink splatters on leaf c7, covering some text; light marginal worming in first gathering.
Penn Provenance:
Franciscans (inscription: Monachij ad SS. Franciscanos. Bibl.)
Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909 (autograph, 1855) (bookplate)
Penn Chronology:
1480 (1 July)
Cited in:
Goff J-95
BM 15th cent. V, p. 292 (IB.21221)
Strata, Antonius de, fl. 1479-1492, printer.
Catanellus, Marcus, printer.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Henry Charles Lea Library (University of Pennsylvania)
Early Venetian Imprint Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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