Modern foliation in pencil in the upper right margin of the recto side.
There are two unnumbered blanks after fol. 31; one unnumbered blank after fol. 36;
two unnumbered blanks after fol. 38; one unnumbered blank after fol. 87; one
unnumbered blank after fol. 90, and one unnumbered blank after fol. 231. Fol. 176
is a singleton.
The quire structure is irregular and complex. The first and last quires
contain 20 bifolia. Between them there are quires of varying sizes, including
two large quires with smaller ones within them.
Two folia excised before fol. 67; both contained text. Two folia
cropped after fol. 174. Fol. 180 is loose and taller than the surrounding
leaves. Fols. 181 and 182 are nearly loose. A separate loose slip between fols.
182 and 183. Fol. 183 has been pasted on to the following and blank leaf. Fol.
231 has been taped to fol. 230 and its paper seems to be of a different
The manuscript is in decent condition. There is fraying and dirt
along the edges. Moisture damage especially at the beginning of the manuscript.
On fols. 100–107, 119–121, the ink from one side of the paper has seeped
through. The covers are damaged and the binding is loose in some
one unruled column with a varying number of lines (
Several hands writing cursive. At least one hand also appears in a copybook containing correspondence
’s administrative duties in
Archives, Kopiesamling, vol. 18 (f.d. Avskriftssamling 11B)
Simple pen-drawn initials at the beginning of each letter. Headings occasionally
written in a more formal script.
Brown leather covers similar to those on
Stockholm, National Archives, Kopiesamling
I, vol. 18
. Covers badly worn and back cover torn; cardboard has been pasted to the
back cover as support. The covers are smaller than the folia. A pasted paper label
with a headling on the front cover, a paper label with an old shelf-mark on the
The manuscript contains copies of correspondence, accounts and instructions mostly
(d. 1566) and his offices. The documents stem from the
1545 to 1558
. For the years 1555–1557 there are several duplicates found in
the copybooks of
Ture Pedersson Bielke
Archives, Kopiesamling I, vol. 17
). This manuscript is more closely related
to vol. 18: both feature some of the same scribes and a similarly mixed quire
structure. The number of scribes working with the manuscript, as well as the
differences in the size and quality of the paper used, indicate that the copybook
was composed over time, probably as the letters came in.
Initials ‘G[ustaf] F[incke]’ on the inside front cover.
Skokloster-samlings shelf-mark ‘66’ on the spine.
, the manuscript was
rediscovered in the manor of
, which had belonged to the Fleming
family until 1668; see front cover: what is now a practically
illegible marking, transcribed by
as ‘denna book är A:o 1709 in Januario på Lechtis gård i åbo lähn
igenfunnen’. From there, it was taken to the
Adolf Iwar Arwidsson (ed.),
Handlingar till upplysning af Finlands häfder 1–10