The binding is tight and several leaves have been pasted together in the
gutters, which renders accurate collation difficult.
Catchwords on the bottom of most pages.
Fol. 1 has been pasted to a leaf of modern paper. Fol. 4 seems to be a
later addition between fols. 3 and 5. Possibly a bifolium is missing at the
centre of the quire after fol. 126 (catchword does not match with the following
The main section of the manuscript ends at fol. 165; after this, an
added quire with different watermarks from the main section. The manuscript is
in excellent condition.
One unruled column with 31–37 lines of text.
One main hand writing a fine hybrida script is responsible for the text found on
Empty spaces left for initials (8 lines high) at the beginning of chapters with the
intention of filling later, possibly with initials cut out from prints or other
manuscripts (this method is seen in some manuscripts by the same scribe).
Alternating red and blue initials at the beginning of each article (occasionally
with simple decoration in the opposing colour). Rubrics at the beginning of a
chapter in red and blue. A more formal script is used to distinguish the first words
of articles. Headings in the upper margins in red; article numbers in the outer
margin also in red. Paraphs are in red and blue.
The manuscript contains
with a collection of other legal texts. It was written in the
1550s-1560s (before 1567)
by a skilled
scribe who was also responsible for a number of other similar manuscripts. A
tempus ante quam
for the writing stems from the first ownership
inscription, which is dated
. In saec. XVIII it came into the possession of Mårten Lundbeck and
thence to the Porvoo gymnasium.
The earliest mark of ownership seems to be connected to
‘Gödich fincke äger dhenne bock, Then han aff sin s: kär hustru Ingeborg nilsdåtter
bekomedh haffuer, Skriff(uit) uidh nyslåt anno etc. 86’ (followed by two
monograms). Gödik Fincke held an offince in
where some notes concerning the local castle where obviousl added.