Black lombards for the initials of chants (decorated with stylized vegetal motifs),
smaller drawn Gothic versals for sentence initials.
Leaves from a
(either the same original book or two distinct books,
nevertheless copied by the same scribe). The somewhat archaizing presentation (in
its script and decoration) of liturgical music in
, much of which could not have been written before the 1580s
since it seems to draw from the Finnish hymns published by
. It is
difficult to say whether they were copied in the
late sixteenth or the early seventeenth centuries
While obviously copied for use in a Finnish-speaking parish, the provenance of
these leaves is not known before their discovery by
Turku Cathedral Chapter
early twentieth century
. The leaves may have come to
Turku as a result of the chapter’s request,
parishes in the diocese send in any older material in their possession for expert
examination. The materials were in some cases returned to their parishes (this
happened to the books from Tammela now in the library of Åbo Akademi), but at least
some remained in Turku and survived the great fire that destroyed much of the city
in 1827 (Schalin 1946, 6 n. 2, cites the circulars of the chapter, no. 237 of 5
November 1828, and no. 264 of 20 June 1833, which indicate that several manuscripts
that had been sent to Turku as requested had not been collected and had become
disordered in the fire, and were now kept in the archbishop’s household).
J. Gummerus, ‘Eräs kirjalöytö Turun tuomiokapitulin arkistosta’,
Suomen kirkkohistoriallisen seuran pöytäkirjat 10
(1910), 81–123, at 111–112.
P. J. I. Kurvinen,
Suomen virsirunouden alkuvaiheet v:een 1640
, Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seuran toimituksia vol. 180, Helsinki 1929, 38.