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In-folio (26,9 x 18,7 cm),  - CCII ; - CCVI ff, printed in gothic script, double columns of 41 lines, entirely rubricated. Wonderful woodcut illustrations: 201 woodcuts, all of which are CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOURED (1 full-page, 26 half-page, 174 half column). Some of the half column woodcuts are returning (such as the typical bishop). Part 2 has been bound before part 1. Part 2 Somerstuc: Lacking final 10 lvs (MM6 to MM4) and lvs V3 and V4 replaced in early manuscript. Part 1 (Winterstuc): Lacking title page (a1), lvs q3 and q4 replaced in early manuscript, on q4 also with a drawing. Lacking final blank (ff8). Condition: 6 lvs with marginal repairs, 1 leaf (f. 172) with a neat tear repaired. Some contemporary annotations in brown ink (particularly the dates and the places). Bound in early calf over wooden boards (rebacked in style of the period), new end lvs
Provenance: ms. ex libris on title page (Sophia van Nyften) Ref. Nijhoff Kron. I, 1193 ; Adams V-1012 ; BCNI 206. The author, or rather compiler, Jacobus de Voragine (Varagine, 1230-1298) was an Italian Dominican. He had a particular devotion to Mary. This famous work was of the most popular religious books of the Middle Ages. Henrick Eckert van Homberch, born in Germany, was the successor of the Delft printer Christiaan Snellaart. Henrick Eckert had been printing the same book, about the life and legends of saints, in Delft in the years 1499-1500. This is the second Dutch edition, printed in Antwerp. This work was an important source for iconographic research (how the saints were portrayed). Fairfax Murray (German Books) 436: "with incunabula- woodcuts from the editions of Jac. Jacobssoen van der Meer 1484 and of Christiaan Snellaert 1489"