Single folio leaf, Folio 73. 260 x 180 mm. 10 1/4 x 7 1/16 inches. Printed two columns, 66 lines of text per page in a small Roman script, 1 ten-line woodcut of Saint Laurence with the grill on which he would be burned; text unmarked. Printed on paper; creased across the page just under mid-point, mild foxing, toning. Very Good. Jacobus de Voragine was an Italian chronicler and archbishop of Genoa. He was the compiler of Legenda Aurea - Golden Legend - a collection of the legendary lives of the saints of the medieval church, one of the most popular religious works of the Middle Ages and the period of early printing. This leaf contains the end of the story of St. Ciriacus, and the beginning of that of St. Laurence. Each life begins with an etymology; Laurence derives from Latin laurea, or laurel, used to crown victors in battle. The Golden Legend lost popularity during the course of the sixteenth century under the critical eyes of the humanists, although the work experienced a small revival in the 20th century with the influence of the Symbolists.
Jacobus de Voragine, A Printed Leaf from Legenda Aurea, Pierre Regnault, Sixteenth Century, Woodcut Illustration, Golden Legend, Saints Lives