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Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling I, vol. 41 (f.d. Avskriftsamling, avd. I nr. 13). Gödik Fincke’s copybook 1598–1599


Gödik Fincke’s copybook for the years
1598 and 1599; and a collection of loose
leaves and documents


Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
Codices Fennici





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National Archives
Kopiesamling I, vol. 41
f.d. Avskriftsamling, avd. I nr. 13



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Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling I, vol. 41 (f.d. Avskriftsamling, avd. I nr. 13). Gödik Fincke’s copybook 1598–1599
Finland, Savonlinna, 1598–1599
Gödik Fincke
’s copybook for the years
1598 and 1599
; and a collection of loose leaves and documents (see History section)
Fols. :
Gödik Fincke
’s copybook from January 1598 to September 1599. Some documents are, however, from 1597. In addition to letters, there are administrative documents and notes on items of news that were delivered orally or written.
(drafts of letters; is blank) (letter to
Arvid Eriksson
, dated
10 January 1598
) Nest helsningar Käre her bror Arfuid Erichsonn…
(a document from 1599 concerning the amount of grain to be had in storage in
castle) …lhön i kledr och penning.
(Fols. , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , are blank.)
142 + 3 folios
20-21cm × 31-32cm
Modern foliation in pencil in the upper margin; fol. 142 is counted twice.
Different quire types.
Catchwords only seldom appear.
A stub between fols. 12 and 13 (no text losses). A small unnumbered slip has been attached to fol. 31 during conservation(?). Fol. 53 is a small slip. Fol. 86 is a separate slip. Between fols. 87 and 88 a small unnumbered slip is entered. Fols. 88 and 89 are separate slips. Fol. 90 is a small slip. Fols. 107–108 are small slips. Fol. 116 is a separate slip pasted onto fol. 117. Fol. 119a is a small slip pasted on to fol. 119. Fol. 141 is a small slip.
The manuscript is in decent overall shape. There is fraying along the edges and this, together with the cropping of the leaves, has caused some loss of text. The modern binding is tight, causing some text loss in the inner margin. Several leaves have been conserved, for example, by including guards to the gutters of the quires. There is some staining and the ink has faded in several places.
one unruled column with a varying number of lines (33–45).
Several scribes writing cursive scripts of varying quality. At least two scribes also appear in Gödik Fincke’s copybook from 1597 (
Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling, vol. 40
There are simple pen-drawn majuscules at the beginning of the letters. Apart from this, no decoration.
Renewed cardboard binding, which has made use of the front and back cover of the original leather. The original parts in dark brown leather. On the edge of the back cover, remnants of stitches, probably used to attach a strap or clasp. On the
front cover
a headline (
saec. XVI
): ‘Copie Boock påå Anno Christi 1598 Gödick Fincke till Porkala och Sunness’. Below, other faded markings. On the
back cover
, a pen-drawn picture of soldier armed with a halberd. On the spine a heading of saec. XVIII.
The manuscript forms one part of
Gödik Fincke
’s (1546–1617) copybooks prepared during his time as the steward of
Castle (1581–1599). The manuscript contains copies of his correspondence, royal letters, and administrative material. The writing has been done by several scribes sporadically, in all likelihood, shortly after receipt or dispatch of the letters. At some points, letters or documents are copied by single scribes. In other places, each document is begun on a new leaf, and small slips are entered between the leaves (there is also no foliation, but a few running headings, catchwords, or other aids that would help to organize the material). At least a few of the scribes also worked on Gödik Fincke’s copybook for 1597 (
Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling, vol. 40
The loose leaves kept in a separate folder are dated to 1598 and 1599. There are several short fragments and notes of but a few lines. The notes are usually written in a hand of
saec. XVI
, but a longer account concerning the affairs between
is written by a later hand of
saec. XVII
. Most documents are unfoliated, but a set of copies of letters sent to
Arvid Eriksson (Stålarm)
by Duke Karl has been numbered in a modern hand from 206 to 213. It was probably previously kept with the copybook from 1597, which has foliation up to 205. A large part of this material consists of correspondence between Karl and Sigismund. There is at least one hand that also appears in Gödik Fincke’s copybooks, but some of the documents might stem from different sources and have only later been put together, since they stem from the same years and the same Kankas collection. Paper; 36 folios (including small slips).
Earlier shelf-mark ‘N
8 in Kankas samling’. A note on the first flyleaf states that the book was taken in
estate to
court of appeals. The copybooks must have ended in Kankas as a result of the marriage between Gödik Fincke’s daughter
Evert Horn till Kankas
From Turku the manuscript was apparently moved to the
Swedish National Archives
during the Great Northern War.
Edvard Grönblad ed.,
Urkunder upplysande Finlands öden och tillstånd i slutet af 16de och början af 17de århundradet, 1. flocken, 1–3 häftet, handlingar rörande klubbekriget
, Helsingfors 1843–1846, häfde 2, v–vii.
Ville Walta
Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
Codices Fennici
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