(Probably southern Germany: ca. 1250). Each leaf approximately: 292 x 200 mm. (11 1/2 x 7 7/8"). Double column, 38 lines of text in a pleasing, thick gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, each leaf with at least one two-line and one four-line initial in red. Punctus flexus punctuation, probably indicating a Cistercian origin. Once part of a binding, so with some trimming, stains, and remnants of binder's glue, but generally in very satisfactory condition, especially for recovered specimens, with all but a few lines of text legible.
Similar but not identical to the famous "Golden Legend" of Jacobus de Voragine, these leaves tell the stories of several different saints: the first leaf contains the lives of Philip the Apostle (whose feast day is 1 May), featuring his encounter with the dragon that lived behind a pagan statue of Mars in Scythia; Alexander, the pope (3 May), whose relics were at Freising in Bavaria; Gordian and Epimachus (10 May); and Pancras (12 May). A note in the lower margin of the leaf, "Euangelium Non turbetur cor vestrum" ("Let not your heart be troubled") refers correctly to the Gospel reading John 14:1-13, from the Mass on the feast of Saint Philip. The second leaf, in better condition and from the same manuscript, tells the stories of Saint Processus and Martianus (feast day 2 July), Saint Ulric of Augsburg (4 July), and Saint Kylian of Würzburg (8 July). The early repair on this leaf is both a delightful manifestation of Medieval ingenuity and a revealing reflection of the value put on a piece of vellum, which in its finished form as a writing support had cost part of an animal and consumed many hours of preparatory labor. (ST11946e-f)
750 for the leaf witha little more damage; $1,500 for the leaf in very good condition
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