- Standardized Title:
- Legenda aurea
- Other Title:
- Title from incipit of text: Lege[n]da sancto[rum] que Lombardica no[m]i[n]at[ur] hystoria
- Impresse Basilee : [Michael Wenssler], Anno Domini M[illesimo]. q[ua]dringentesimononogesimo 
, CCLXVI leaves ; 21 cm. (4to)
- ocna .Bnt ene- uipc (3) 1490 (T)
- Christian saints -- Biography -- Early works to 1800.
Christian saints -- Legends -- Early works to 1800.
- Incunabula -- Switzerland -- Basel -- 1490.
- Place of Publication:
- Switzerland Basel.
- Title from title leaf (leaf pi1r).
Incipit of text (leaf B1r) reads: Incipit lege[n]da sancto[rum] que Lombardica no[m]i[n]at[ur] hystoria. Et primo de festiuitatib[us] q[uae] occurru[n]t infra t[em]pus renouat[i]onis q[uod] rep[rese]ntat ecc[lesi]a ab aduentu vs[que] ad natiuitatem domini.
Printer's name from ISTC. Place and date of printing from colophon on leaf k10v, which reads: Expliciunt quoru[n]dam sanctorum legende adiu[n]cte post lombardicam historia[m]. Impresse Basilee. Anno domini. M. q[ua]dringentesimononogesimo.
Chancery quarto, printed in double columns. Leaf B1v: 50 lines to a full column, plus headline; area of text: 161 (167) x 105 mm.; col. width: 50 mm. Initial spaces; spaces for paragraph marks. With signatures and foliation; without catchwords.
Signatures: pi⁸ 2pi⁶ B⁸ [roman]C⁸ C-Z⁸ a-i⁸ k¹⁰. (GW gives: [2-4]⁸ [11-44]⁶ B⁸ C⁸ C-Z⁸ a-i⁸ k¹².)
Leaves pi3 and pi4 signed 3 and 4; leaves 2pi1-4 signed 11, 22, 33, and 44. Leaf G3 signed G4; leaves k4, k5, and k6 signed k3, k4, and k5, respectively.
Errors in foliation: leaf LXXXI numbered "LXI"; leaf XCIII, "CXIII"; leaf XCV, "CXV"; leaf XCVI, "LXXXVI"; leaf CXIII, "CXIIII"; leaf CXIIII, "CV"; leaf CXVI, "CVI"; leaf CXXXV, "CXXXVI"; leaf CLIIII, "CLIII"; leaf CLXXXVII, "CLXXXVI"; leaf CLXXXVIII, "CXC"; and leaf CCLIX, "CCLXIII".
- Local notes:
- Leaf size: 200 x 141 mm.
Penn Libraries copy: rubrication: initials and capital strokes supplied in red.
Penn Libraries copy has early ms. title ("Historia Lombardia Authore Jacobus de Voragine [...]") in brown ink at head of leaf pi2r; some early ms. underlines, marginal marks, manicules and notes in text; ms. bibliographical note and transcription of imprint date into Arabic numerals on leaf k10v.
Penn Libraries copy has armorial bookplate of Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, with 2 ms. shelf-marks (1 struck through) in ink and ms. identification ("Duke of Sussex") in pencil on front pastedown; armorial bookplate of Edward B. Krumbhaar on front pastedown.
Penn Libraries copy has early autograph of Egidium Grismond in brown ink at foot of leaf pi7v.
Penn Libraries copy has 4 17th-century ownership inscriptions of John (or Joannes) Eales in brown ink in head margins of leaves (2 damaged by cropping): "Jo: Eales me possidet Ex dono Fran: c[...] 1659" (leaf B1r); "Jo: Eales his Booke. 1666. Ap: 13th" (leaf H2r); "Jo: Eales me possidet Ex dono Fran[...] Mi[...]" (leaf K1r); "Jo: Eales his Booke 1665}May 13th" (leaf S8r).
Penn Libraries copy has damaged and partially illegible ms. inscription ("Fran: Mi[...] virar:[?] [...]o[...] Shobdon Go[...] H[...]") in brown ink in fore-edge margin of leaf K1r.
Penn Libraries copy bound by Kurt Gaebel & Sons, Holland, PA., in brown cloth over boards; brown morocco label on spine with gold-fillets and author's name stamped in gold.
Penn Libraries copy imperfect: leaves pi1 (title leaf) and pi8 wanting.
Penn Libraries copy: leaf pi2 mended at fore-edge margin with no loss of text; some dampstaining of preliminary leaves; leaves cropped at all margins with frequent damage to ms. marginalia; wormhole in upper portion of leaves pi2-M1; wormhole in head margin of leaves I4-I8.
- Penn Provenance:
- Augustus Frederick, Prince, Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843 (bookplate)
Krumbhaar, E. B. (Edward Bell), 1882-1966 (bookplate)
Grismond, Egidium (autograph)
Eales, John (former owner) (inscription)
- Penn Chronology:
- Cited in:
- Goff J-125
BM 15th cent. III, p. 733 (IA.37143)
BN cat. des incun. J-97
- Wenssler, Michael, active 1472-1497, printer.
Kurt Gaebel & Sons, binder.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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