... signed: ex mandato regiae maiestat domini mej elementis. Erasmus
Four unnumbered folia after fol. 160, with various
3 + 167 (160 foliated) + 1 folios (the manuscript has 167 leaves, of which 7
have been left unnumbered, and flyleaves). 14,5cm × 20cm (10cm × 14cm)
Modern foliation in the upper right margin in ink, which has left the
empty leaves unnumbered.
3 + (II-1)
(one unnumbered folium) + II
(two unnumbered folia) + 5II
(four unnumbered folia) +
The modern binding is very tight and renders it difficult to determine
the quire structure. Current collation is partly based on catchwords that have
often been almost completely trimmed (entirely visible, for example, in the
lower margin on fols.
Similar watermarks and quire structure found throughout the manuscript
suggest that the folia following the main part also belonged to the original
manuscript, although they were written on at a later date. Three flyleaves were
added at the rebinding. Lacuna between fols. 16 and 17; defective from the
beginning. Fol. 15 torn. Three unnumbered folia between fols. 136 and 137, and
four after fol. 160. Apart from the missing leaves, the manuscript is in good
Up to 23 lines of text (no ruling).
The hand of the main part is a neat cursive dated to
Most of the letters on fols. 144–160 concern the city
in Sweden. That, along with its connection to the Hising family, could
suggest that the manuscript had its origin and/or early provenance in that city. The earliest marks of ownership to
clearly indicate Finnish provenance are from
. It is uncertain how the
book ended up in Finland, but it may have arrived with the Hising family.