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Gordan MS 28 France, s. XIV1

Jacobus, de Voragine / Legenda aurea

1. ff. 1r-2v [Prologue, followed by a table of contents:] Incipit prologus super legendas sanctorum quas compilauit frater iacobus racione ianuensis de ordine fratrum predicatorum. Uniuersum tempus presentis uite in quatuor distinguitur scilicet in tempus deuiationis reuocationis siue renouationis. . .

Expl.: Quinto de illis que occurunt infra tempus peregrinationis quod tempus representat ecclesia ab octauo pentecosten usque ad adventum domini. Explicit prologus super legendas sanctorum incipiunt capitula totius libri. [Table of contents:] De aduentu domini/ de sancto andrea apostolo. . . de dedicatione ecclesie.

2. ff. 2v-266v De adventu domini Aduentus domini per quattuor septimanas agitur ad significandum quod quattuor sunt aduentus scilicet in carnem.

Expl.: ut tandem in eo habitare dignetur per gloriam. Quod ipse nobis preparare dignetur uiuit et regnat deus per omnia secula seculorum amen. Expliciunt legende sanctorum deo gratias.

T. Graesse, ed., Jacobi a Voragine Legenda aurea (Leipzig, 1846). The legends in Gordan MS 28 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.

Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper bifolium, f. i=front pastedown) + 262 (modern pagination: prologue and table of contents paginated in roman numerals i-iii; Arabic pagination begins on f. 2v) + iii (modern paper, ff. ii and iii bifolium, iii=back pastedown), 198 x 149 (155 x 105) mm. Written in two columns of 40 ruled lines with double vertical bounding lines, one set running along the outer edge of both the right and the left margins, the other set marking the outer left and right edge of the text, a single vertical bounding line marks each inner column; double horizontal bounding lines along the top margin enclose a running head, while along the bottom margin a double bounding line encloses the catchword at the end of each quire; a single horizontal bounding line marks the top edge of text. All ruling in lead. Prickings visible for bounding lines.

I-XXII12. Horizontal catchwords on verso in bottom right margin after third quire.

Written by a single scribe in a small, neat gothic bookhand below the top line. Marginal corrections in the same hand, other corrections and notes in several other hands.

Prologue starts with a 9-line red and blue initial with red and blue penwork extensions, text begins with 7-line initial of similar design. 3-line initials alternating red with blue penwork or blue with red penwork. Initials in table of contents and paragraph markers throughout alternate red and blue. Running heads and titles in red. Guide letters for rubricator visible.

Binding: 18th century French red janséniste morocco gold stamped on spine. On black leather labels on spine in gold: "LEGENDA AUREA", and "MS/ DU XIV SIECLE". Tape on front and back cover probably once held Goodhart number.

Written in France in the first half of the 14th century. Early provenance unknown. 18th-century bookplate on inside front cover of the canon of Villefranche de Rouergue: "Ex libris P. Goyet, Canon. Francopolitani". DeRicci note: "was last in Germany" corresponds to mimeographed German catalogue entry glued to recto of front flyleaf. On verso of flyleaf in lead: "II, 13110/g", "F.s. 1000.-" and "Census 1682 no 28". Letters in upper corner of flyleaf uncertain: "y g. 1". A ms with the same number of ff. was in the Tixall Library (sale of Sir F. A. T. C. Constable, Bart., London, 6 Nov. 1899, n. 702, to Maggs). In the library of Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: f. 2: De sanctis Gervasio et Prothasio

f. 3: obuoluti

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1682, no. 28.

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