Der Heiligen Leben (Lives of the Saints)

Leben der Heiligen
Passional, das ist, Der Heyligen Leben
The Golden Legend

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, German, 15th century, Author Jacobus de Voragine (about 1229–1298), Printer and Publisher Anton Koberger (German, about 1440–1513)

Place of Publication: Nuremberg, Germany

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff J-168; Schreiber, Manuel, 4313; BMC II 433; Murray, German, 433 (this copy)


Overall: 39.5 x 27 x 9 cm (15 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book containing 261 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 5 December 1488) Folio; 387 leaves; blind-stamped pigskin binding signed and dated 1562, brass clamps; rust cloth box.

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 5 December 1488


Early ownership inscriptions "M.A.H." and from the convent of Heidenfeld in Bavaria, near Würzburg; William Morris (1834-1896, London, English artist, craftsman, calligrapher, theoretician); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919; his German cat. 433); Edouard Rahir (1862-1924), from whose sale, Paris, lot 318, purchased by MFA, May 1931.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund