12 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 6,000
Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500
JACOBUS DE VORAGINE (c. 1230-1298). Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. [Reutlingen: Michael Greyff,] 1483.
Chancery 2° (272 x 200mm). Collation: a b6 c-k8 l-n6 o-t8 v10 x6 y z8 A-D6 E-T8 V8 (a1r blank, a1v tabula, b6r prologue, chapter headings, c2r text, V8v blank). 326 leaves. 46 lines, double column. Type: 5:87bG, 6:178G. 2- to 6-line initials in red. (Neat marginal repairs in first, last and 2 other leaves, neat tear into text repaired in p1, r2.7 on guards, apparently due to missigning the sheet.) Modern binding of half blindstamped leather over old wooden boards, single fore-edge clasp. Provenance: a few contemporary marginal annotations -- Hastadt/Hastack?, Capucin convent, gift inscription from a Count Frederic von [--]berg (early inscription washed from first blank recto).
Printed at the first press at Reutlingen, and one of the few dated editions printed by Greyff. A medieval best-seller, the Legenda aurea was one of the most popular compilations of saints' lives. It was known as the Golden Legend because it was considered to be worth its weight in gold. CR(Suppl) 6432; Bod-Inc. J-046; BSB-Ink. I-84; Polain(B) 4480; Goff J-109.
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