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JACOBUS DE VORAGINE (ca.1230-ca.1298). Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. [Cologne]: Conrad Winters, de Homborch, 8 Nov. 1476.

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JACOBUS DE VORAGINE (ca.1230-ca.1298). Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. [Cologne]: Conrad Winters, de Homborch, 8 Nov. 1476.

Chancery 2° (292 x 215mm). Collation: 1-510 6-98 10-2910 308 31-3210 336 348 3510 36-378 3810 3912 (1/1 blank, 1/2r preface, 1/2v tabula, 1/3v text, 34/8v blank, 35/1r additional lives, 39/10r tabula, 39/12r colophon, printer's device, 39/12v blank). 371 (of 372, without first blank) leaves. 40 lines, double column. Type: 1:100G. 2-4-line initials, paragraph marks and capital strokes in red, one initial in blue with red, green and yellow decoration, first page ruled in red. (Small hole affecting a few letters on 3/7, a few very light stains or soiling, small marginal wormholes in first 2 leaves repaired, final leaf mounted.) Late 18th-century brown russia over pastepaper boards, gilt, gilt armorial device of M. Wodhull at centre of front cover, (extremities rubbed), gilt spine, marbled endpapers. Provenance: contemporary inscription erased from first leaf, and marginal annotations in an early hand; Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), with his notes dated 15 June 1799 on front flyleaf, purchased at Leigh's auction; Mount Stuart bookplate.

An early edition of this extremely popular compendium of saints' lives, with additional lives not by Jacobus de Voragine, although commonly ascribed to him. This is a large copy with many deckle edges retained. C 6410; Goff J-86; Polain(B) 2186; IDL 2555; VK 617; not in the British Library
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