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Guta lag; Denmark, 1575-1624

Name
Christophersen, Lyschander, Claus 
Birth
1558 
Death
1624 
Occupation
Historian; Poet 
Roles
Author; Scribe; Owner 
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Name
Árni Magnússon 
Birth
13 November 1663 
Death
07 January 1730 
Occupation
Professor, Arkivsekretær (Secretary of the Royal Archives) 
Roles
Scholar; Author; Scribe; Poet 
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Name
Rostgaard, Frederik 
Birth
30 August 1671 
Death
25 April 1745 
Occupation
 
Roles
Owner; Translator 
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Name
Vrieland, Seán D. 
Occupation
Scholar 
Roles
Scholar 
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Full Title

GVLLANS LOVF:

Language of Text
Danish

Contents

1(1bisr-2v)
Register
Rubric

“Catalogvs Capitvlorvm Jvris Gotlandici”

2(3r-59r)
Guta lag
Rubric

“Her beginnis gullands Lou”

Incipit

Dette er først for alt ophaab oc begindelsse vdi vor lou:

Explicit

“oc staa bag i kircken”

Note

Fol. 68r contains a first attempt at the text that has been re-written on 14r.

Language of Text

Danish

Keywords

3(60v)
Description of Gotlandic coinage
4(61r-65v)
Register
Rubric

“Register offuer Dhen Gullenske Louff”

Physical Description

Support
Paper.
No. of leaves
70 (69 + 1bis). 220 mm x 163 mm
Foliation

The main scribe has paginated 2-113 on every recto and verso from 3v-59r. A later hand has foliated 1+1bis-69 on every recto.

Collation

  • I: 1+2, 1v+1b
  • II: 3+8, 4+7, 5+6
  • III: 9+12, 10+11
  • IV: 13+69b, 32+67, 35+66, 40+65, 47+64, 52+63
  • V: 14+25, 15+24, 16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20
  • VI: 26+29, 27+28
  • VII: 30+31
  • VIII: 33+34
  • IX: 36+39, 37+38
  • X: 41+46, 42+45, 43+44
  • XI: 48+49
  • XII: 50+51
  • XIII: 53+60, 54+59, 55+58, 56+57
  • XIV: 61+62
  • XV: 68+69

The letter B can be found on 13r; otherwise there are no quire signatures. There are catchwords on nearly every page.
Condition

The manuscript is in generally good condition.

Layout

  • The text is written in one column with 17 to 21 lines per page.
  • The written area measures 155-175 mm x 130 mm.

Script

A single hand has written the main text using a cursive script.

Claus Christophersen Lyschander has written items 1 and 4 and has made marginal notes in the main text.

Additions

Fol. 69v contains some pen trials.

Binding

The binding is made of repurposed parchment originally containing a Latin missal. The title “IVS | GOTLAN|DICVM” is written on the front cover.

A paper cover once served as the outermost cover and contains the title “DEN | GAMLE | GVLLANDS | LOW”. During restoration in 2013, this paper cover was removed and placed in a plastic sleeve.

History

Origin

Kålund: Katalog vol. I p. 375 dates it to ca. 1600.

Provenance

The manuscript was owned by Claus Christophersen Lyschander, who wrote items 1 and 4. Árni Magnússon purchased the manuscript from Frederik Rostgaard's collection in 1726 for 1 mark and 8 shillings.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 6 September 2017 by SDV.

Surrogates

  • Black and white photographs from 1981; supplementary photographs from 1982.
  • Digital portraits before restauration taken in 2012; after restauration in 2014.
  • Digital photographs of the entire manuscript taken in 2017.

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian KålundI: p. 375
Gotlandslagen. Codex juris Gotlandici, Corpus juris Sueo-Gotorum antiqui : Samling af Sweriges Gamla Lagared. C. J. Schlyter, ed. H. S. Collin1852; VII
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