Jacobus de Voragine: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia.

Nuremberg:  [Anton Koberger], 2 Apr. 1496.
Fol. π10 a-e8 f-h6 i8 k6 l8 m-z6 A-I6.  [216] leaves, the last blank.  The preliminary quire numbered but not signed.
ISTC ij00132000;  Goff J132;  BMC II 441;  Bod-inc J-056.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BC29-x.3 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: H.P. (16th century):  initials “H P” below colophon on I5r.
Bratislava (Slovakia) - Jesuits:  17th-century inscription on π1r (title-page) “Collegij Soc[ieta]tis Iesu Vratislauiensis Catalogo inscr[iptus] [page torn] Ex liberalitate R[everendi] D[omi]ni Ioannis Nicolai Parochi Stubensis” followed by an inventory number “n. 62”.
Joannes Nicolaus (17th century), parish priest, Studa, Carniola:  see above.
Sir William Hamilton (1788-1856), Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hamilton collection donation, 1878.
Binding: 16th-century quarter calf over wooden boards (varnished on the outside);  the leather on the front board divided diagonally by triple fillets to form lozenge-shaped compartments, which are decorated with two separate stamps - a roundel containing a stag, and a lozenge-shaped stamp of the Virgin and Child;  at the lower edge of the leather on the front board is a single lozenge-shaped stamp containing a griffin with a small five-petalled flower at each outer corner, at the left-hand side of which the letter “h” has been incised into the leather;  the leather on the rear board is also divided by triple fillets to form lozenge-shaped compartments, which are decorated with the same stag stamp but with a different Virgin and Child stamp, and with separate stamps of a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lys and a small roundel containing a bird (an eagle?);  the griffin stamp found on the front cover is also repeated on the rear;  remains of two brass clasps with catch plates on rear board;  plain spine;  vellum pastedowns on front and rear boards, covering approximately one third of each board.   Size:  292 x 208 mm.
Leaf size: 280 x 201 mm.
Annotations: 30-line annotation on π1r (title-page) in a 16th-century hand headed “De Institutione C[ardi]n[al]is ebdomade pro suffragio o[mn]i[u]m fideliu[m] ani[m]ar[um] exemplu[m]”;  16th-century inventory number or shelfmark “N8” on π1r;  frequent marginal annotations in 16th-century hands, mainly in black ink, but occasionally in dull red;  frequent “nota” marks and underlining;  on both vellum pastedowns there are references to a few legends in a 16th-century hand;  19th-century numbers/codes written in pencil on front pastedown “50” and “Zng”.
Decoration: Initials in the Tabula supplied in red or blue, often with reserved white and with marginal flourishes;  initials throughout the text supplied in red, often with marginal flourishes;  paragraph marks and capital strokes in red thoughout.
Imperfections: Wanting the blank leaf I6;  margins of final gatherings show signs of water-damage resulting in slight loss of text on I4 and I5;  top outer corner of first leaf torn with loss of text on verso.

Rubrication and annotations in Jacobus de Voragine: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia