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The Golden Legend Medieval Bestseller Incunabula Venice 1488 Complete Saints For Sale
Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica
Venice: [Bonetus Locatellus], for Octavianus
Scotus, 3 Nov. 1488
AMONG the books which afford us an insight into
he popular religious thought of the middle ages, none holds a more important
place than the Golden Legend.
Format is quarto (recorded by Goff and others as
Incorrectly entered as Sermones de sanctis by Goff (J191) and others. The title
is given in the book as Sanctorum et festorum per totum annum liber
Relatively rare outside Italy
Complete. 156 leaves. GWK indicates 158 leaves,
they are blanks. 19th century half vellum. Ownership stamp on first
pagw, from a french Convent.
You can see the electronic facsimile here,
München Click here to
visit the website
In comparision, I offer the superior copy, the Bayerische
Staatsbibliothek has one leaf missing and some of the pages are damaged.
The book on offer here, is apart from minor
The Golden Legend (Latin: Legenda aurea or
Legenda sanctorum) is a collection of hagiographies by Jacobus de Voragine that
became a late medieval bestseller.
The book sought to compile traditional lore
about all of the saints venerated at the time of its compilation. Jacobus de
Voragine typically begins with an (often fanciful) etymology for the saint's
name. He then moves on to the saint's life,
compiled with reference to the readings from the Roman Catholic Church's
liturgy commemorating that saint; and embellishes the biography with
supernatural tales of incidents involving the saint's life.
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