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Uppsala, University Library, S 172. Klas Åkesson Tott’s accounts and copybook 1547–1593


Klas Åkesson Tott’s accounts and


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Codices Fennici


Saec. XVI 4/4


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Uppsala, University Library, S 172. Klas Åkesson Tott’s accounts and copybook 1547–1593
Saec. XVI4/4
Klas Åkesson Tott
accounts and copybook
Fols. : A register of the letters found in the first section of the volume.
Register wpå the Breff såm wdij thene Book äre wtt Cåpiede
. Kånung Göstaffs frelses bref – 15 ... om syn deel i humbelkyll – 156.
Fols. : copybook containing charters from
saec. XV up to 1576
, although later ones have been added by another hand and reach the year
. Fols. 3–25 have been made more easily searchable by marking them with letters A–Y on fore-edge tabs cropped on the outer margins.
(Fols. (G) are blank. On fol. only a short note. Followed by blank leaves until fol. (M).) (Letters starting with one from
Johan III
20 July 1573
.) ... ... (
Eric Bertilsson till Balkis
’s court ruling,
10 February 1576
) ... datum åår och dagh som för:
, are blank.
Fols. : Copies of letters on the subject of
Klas Åkesson Tott
’s estates and their history, mostly from
1540s to 1570s
, but some are older (one document dated is to
, but this seems to be an error and the document likely stems from
). Other hands have added documents from the late
1570s and 1580s
, but also documents from
. The latest document, by yet another hand, is from
Register på thesse effter:
Copier aff her Claus åchessons Jordebreffe.
Konung Gustaffz breff på någre ... ... Claus Claussons till humlebeng brylichmesse – 17 b ( are blank)
Vtcopier aff her Claes Åchessons Jordebreff etc.
Gustav Vasa
’s letter from
12 March 1560
) Konung Göstaffz bytesbreff ... (letters on fols. have been crossed out) ... ... (letter from
Henrik Olsson
’s relatives) Sumleby then 27 Maij anno etc. 80. (Other copied letters, starting with one received from
Jören Klasson
10 October 1579
) Jagh Jören Classon till Biby ... ... (
Sten Baner
's letter) Stockholm 22 septembris Åhr etc. 1596.
(Fols. 214–233 are blank.)
Fols. , : Accounts for
Klas Åkesson Tott
’s goods in
. Followed by accounts of his widow,
Kerstin Henriksdotter
Årlige Rentan opå min herres her Claes Åchessons Jorde godz I Swerige pro anno etc. 1593
. Östergötland ... ... fodernötth 1 styck ( contains an additional note on a few goods). (Followed by two blank leaves.)
Årlige rentan på frw Kirstines Salig her Claes Åckessonns arffwe godz I Finland. Först i Wijborgs Lähn.
Anders kångeinen ... ... Inventarium. köör, fåår (no numbers presented). (Fols. are blank; fol. contains a few sentences.)
2 + 295 folios.
19,5cm × 30cm
The copybook features a contemporary(?) foliation in ink (fols. 1–164), which has been continued to the end of the book during digitization of the volume. Foliation skips number 111; between fols. 121 and 136 the foliation has been changed on several leaves. Another foliation (1–19) covers a part of the second set of letters (fols. 189–207); this foliation was erased as the new foliation was added. Between and after these two sets of foliation, there were unnumbered leaves with and without text. The accounts were initially left without foliation.
The manuscript is difficult to collate accurately, but the quire sizes seem to vary from a
to an
At the beginning, one modern and one original flyleaf. Fol. 60 has been cropped. A stub after fol. 122, but no text seems to be missing.
The manuscript is clearly divided into three different sections (or parts). The first two contain copies of letters and had their own internal foliation. The third holds accounts and lacked foliation altogether. There are plenty of empty leaves left after each section, for the entering of further material as required. This, together with the similarities in paper (the same watermark is seen throughout the manuscript) and ruling, suggests that the manuscript was planned in this way from the outset.
The manuscript is in good condition; there are a few missing leaves and some dirt and water damage visible.
One column with
. 24–29 lines of text. In the right margin of each page there are two pencil-drawn bounding lines, which play a limited role in controlling the writing.
One main hand writing a cursive of
saec. XVI
is responsible for much of the writing in the first section. His script is of varying quality. Fols. , are by another hand; fol. –v by a third; fols. by a fourth; others write on fols. .
Second copybook section by another hand (the hand of the first section writes the first page of the register here, and letters on fols. ). From fol. onwards two or more hands add letters.
The accounts section is by two different hands, one for each account book.
Simple pen-drawn intials at the beginning of the charters. Apart from this, no decoration.
A limp binding of dark brown leather, the back cover extended to a flap which is folded over the front cover. Blind-tooling featuring evangelists, of a type very similar to the ones used by
Michel Han
, but lacking his animal symbols. Also included are foliate patterns similar to those used by
Hans Düsterbach
from the
1570s to 1590
Hedberg 1949, 36–40
). The cover is closed with a leather strap, with thongs sewn on to both covers using strips of alum-tawed leather. Parts of the covers have been damaged and conserved using light brown leather. Modern paper pastedowns. Three sewing stations are visible. On the spine, two paper labels giving the shelf-mark and title of the manuscript.
The manuscript contains copies of documents relating to
Klas Åkesson Tott
. 1530–1590) and his goods. Klas Åkesson served in various offices in
from the 1550s. The manuscript was written over a longer period of time, contains different sections and several contributing scribes.
The copybook was planned for expansion and there is a large number of blank leaves for this purpose. There are two different sections for counterparts and one for accounts. Both copybook sections feature different main hands (but the main hand of the first contributed also to the second). The documents written by them usually only extend to the
so this is a likely
tempus post quem non
for the creation of the manuscript. Other hands have since updated the book with documents to the
. This, together with accounts for her properties, suggests the copybook was passed to Klas Åkesson’s widow,
Kerstin Henriksdotter Horn
, who resided in
The manuscript later belonged to the
Olaus d.y. Celsius
(1716–1794) collection (inner front cover: ‘Celsk. saml. 29), which came to
Uppsala University Library
Modern shelf-mark ‘S 172’ visible on the spine and inner front cover; Uppsala University Library’s stamp on the verso side of the last leaf.
Arvid Hedberg,
Stockholms bokbindare 1460–1880. Band I, tiden från 1460 till omkring 1700
, Stockholm 1949.
Ville Walta
Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
Codices Fennici
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