An unnumbered modern leaf inserted after fol. 22. Fol. 56 is followed by an
Fols. 1–22 and 23–56 may originally stem from different manuscripts.
The former section has suffered more damage and is more heterogeneous in its
contents than the later section. Fols. 52–56 differ in contents from the rest of
the volume, but are written by the same hand as fols. 23–51.
section (fols. 1–22) is notably dirtier than the rest of the
One column with a varying number of lines.
I: Fols. 1–22: several hands writing cursives of
II: Fols. 23–56: probably only one hand writing a cursive of
with different inks. This hand appears to
be the same, which is mainly responsible for the beginning of another of
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Modern binding of cardboard with white covers. Two modern flyleaves inserted front
and one back.
The manuscript contains a
copybook of official correspondence between Russia and
, reports from envoys sent to Russia and documents concerning the peace
treaties. The volume contains two parts: the first includes documents mostly related
1520s and 1530s
; the second, documents from the
. Codicological and
palaeographical differences suggest they belong to separate writing
The copybook has been associated with
(d. 1566) who
was responsible for the defence of the eastern border against
Fincke's involvement is suggested by the fact that the copybook stems from
collection, which held other copybooks securely attached to Fincke by name. The
second part of the book may well have been instigated by Fincke, by the date of the
material. However, the first part contains documents predating Fincke's career, and
must belong to an earlier process.
The copybook stems from the
collection, which contained several copybooks
with material related to
and his offices. According to a note on the
inner front cover, the current volume represents only a part of the original; the
remainder is to be found in
Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling, vol. 14
According to a note after fol. 22, the copybooks were taken from