. Modern foliation in
pencil in the upper right-hand corners of recto sides skips the first folio ()
of the manuscript, so that the first quire consists of one unnumbered folio and
the first six numbered folia. Fols.
, in the upper right-hand corner, ’30, ‘40’ and ‘50’, respectively; this
is possibly related to the rebinding of the book.
The manuscript is in fairly good shape, with some staining to the
leaves. Leaves towards the end and beginning of the book have understandably
sustained some more wear; they have been extensively restored (esp. fols.
Pirinen (1962, 93)
dated the manuscript in the second half
of the 1540’s based on his identification of the watermark found on
fols. [A] and 1–132 with
Briquet’s no. 10972
. Maria Kallio has recently
re-examined the watermarks and concluded that they cannot in fact be identified
any catalogued watermarks (2012, 17–18; on the structure of the codex also at
text in one column on 5–28 lines (notation on 6 to 8 lines), mostly not
ruled (the exceptions are fols. 1–10,
, where a part of the baptismal formula has been copied
in badly faded red ink.
quarter leather binding of
cardboard. The front cover has the University Library’s stamp in gold, with the
legend ‘Otium sapientiae, 1761’ (the year is not related to the date of the
binding). The covers are worn and detached from the binding; the legend in gold on
the back of the cover, ‘Käsikirja 1546’, has been rendered illegible. The manuscript
has been separated from the printed Manual and Mass of 1541 in the 19th century (see
the notice on fol. [b]v). Fols. [a–c] have probably been added on this occasion.
A liturgical miscellany prepared perhaps for the personal use of
, probably to a large extent by himself. The