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Gordan MS 47 Germany, s. XV1

Jacobus de Voragine / Legenda aurea, etc.

1. ff. 1r-2v [Prologue, followed by a table of contents:] Uniuersum tempus presentis uite in quatuor distinguitur/ scilicet in tempus deuiationis renovacionis siue reuocationis. . . Quinto de illis que occurrunt infra tempus peregrinationis quod tempus representat ecclesia ab octauo pentecostes usque ad aduentum domini.

De aduentu domini/ de sancto andrea apostolo. . . de dedicatione ecclesie.

2. ff. 2v-410v De adventu domini nostri ihesu christi. Aduentus domini per quatuor septimanas agitur ad significandum quod quatuor sunt aduentus scilicet in carnem. . .

Expl.: ut tandem in eo habitare dignetur per gloriam. Quod ipse nobis prestare dignetur qui viuit et regnat deus per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

T. Graesse, ed., Jacobi a Voragine Legenda aurea (Leipzig, 1846). The legends in Gordan MS 47 occur in the following order (with numbers corresponding to Graesse): 1-46 (missing Sophia), 48-51 (missing Timothy), 53-63 (missing Fabianus), 65 (missing Apollonia), 67-70 (missing Boniface) 72-131, 134-138, 132, 139, 133, 140-182.

3. ff. 411r-490r

Inc.: Abicit mundus pauperes et honorat diuites Nota Augustinus dicit quod coruus est talis naturae quod pullos suos quamdiu non habent plurimas abicit et contempnit nec eos nutrire vult. . .

Expl.: Hoc non est nisi per carnem quia pennas virtutum non habent. Expliciunt moralitates ordinate secundum ordinem alphabeti.

Jacobus de Lausanne, Compendium moralitatum; Stegmüller, ed., Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aevi (Madrid,1951), no. 3887.

4. ff. 490v-491v Incomplete index to article 2 in a later hand; each letter of the alphabet is included, but only a few chapter headings with page references have been filled in.

Paper (watermarks: quires I-XXIII: unidentified mountain; quires XXIV-XXXIX: similar to Briquet Tête humaine 15613; quires XL-XLI: large unidentified head of an ox with eyes surmounted by a shaft terminating in a flower), ff. i + 491, 294 x 210 (189 x 115) mm, from ff. 1-260 nearly contemporary foliation, by the scribe who wrote article 4; modern foliation from ff. 261-491. Written in ca. 32-39 unruled lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines full length in ink (horizontal lines very occasionally double, see quire XL).

I-XLI12 (repairs to quires I, XL, and XLI render their collation uncertain). Horizontal catchwords in lower left margin, verso, visible in quires II-XXIII, remnants of trimmed catchword visible in quire XXXVIII.

Written by a single scribe in a batârde usually below but occasionally above the top line. Written in brown ink, punctuation added throughout articles 1 and 2 in black ink. Running heads in upper outside corner of margin in two different hands end at f. 210v.

The prologue begins with a crudely drawn large 7-line red and blue initial with a brown penwork animal [dog? lion? dragon?] incorporated into the initial; initial infilled with red and blue circular designs; long red penwork extensions complete the initial. The text begins with a 5-line red and blue initial similar to the first, without the animal. Crude 2- to 4-line red or blue initials with contrasting penwork extensions begin each chapter. Alternating blue and red paragraph markers, sentence strokes and headings in red. The Moralitates includes finding aids in margin.

Inconsequential repairs to paper in lower margin. Red ink smears on f. 266v result in no loss of text.

Binding: Original pigskin over wooden boards; five brass bosses on front and back with two rectangular catches on the upper board, and two square clasps on the lower board, leather straps attached to lower board modern repair. Bottom board has considerable worm damage. On upper spine in ink: “Aurea Legenda”; on worn leather labels on front cover: “[L]ombartica historia”.

Written in Germany in the first half of the fifteenth century. Early ownership inscription on inside front cover "Codex monasterii Sancti Jacobi in Monte Specioso extra muros [Moguntine? remainder of inscription covered by tape which tips in front flyleaf]" (see Wolfgang Trefler und die Bibliothek des Jakobsklosters zu Mainz, F. Schillmann, ed. (Leipzig, 1913)). Also on front flyleaf in ink: "Ex Lumbardica historia", "S XIV C 7 (a 5 is written in over the 7)" and "29". Probably belonged to Dahl, of Darmstadt; Leander Van Ess collection, Darmstadt (n. 14 in ink inside front cover) sold to Sir Thomas Phillipps (his bookstamp front flyleaf; number 579 on f. 1r) in 1824 and sold by him (London, 1910, n. 53) to Ettinghausen. In the collection of Mrs. Milton E. Getz, Beverly Hills, California at the time of the publication of De Ricci, subsequently obtained by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census number: "Census 1682 in pencil" on flyleaf), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: f. 2: de sancto basilio

f. 4: dicimus.

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 15, no. 23; Faye and Bond, p. 399, no. 47.

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