Saturday, September 22, 2007

Textual Flourish

Prziwiley frontispiece


crowned eagle motif and flourished writing


embellished calligraphic text


Polish calligraphy


16th century Polish calligraphy


detail letter 'P' flourish


textual garland


embellished letter 'W'


embellished manuscript detail


embellished calligraphy


decorative calligraphy detail


Latin calligraphic flourish


The listed title of this wonderfully embellished document from the National Digital Library of Poland is:
"Prziwiley okolo uniei za odiazdem Litt. : [oraz inne uchwały sejmu 1569 r. i sejmów z lat 1562/1563, 1565]"

Going out on a deductive limb, it is probably an official account/agreement/order/document relating to the Union of Lublin {1569} under King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland in which the Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland were united into a single Commonwealth.

2 comments :

Zooey Glass said...

Dear Paul,
my friend Jacek, the historian, asked about the document said that this is:
"To jest klocek kilku różnych recesów (wypisów kancelaryjnych). Pierwszy to potwierdzenie i aktualizacja starych przywilejów królewskich (głównie króla Aleksandra), danych delegacji litewskiej po podpisaniu unii lubelskiej, a przed jej odjazdem z Lublina na Litwę.", what means (in my miserable english) "This is the block of some different chancellery extracts. First of them is the confirmation of old king's privileges (mostly of king Aleksander), given to the lithuanian delegation after signing Unia Lubelska treaty, before their departure from Lublin back to Lithuania" .
Best regards
Tomasz

peacay said...

Thanks Tomasz and your english is not miserable! It is fine.
Oh that's about right - I know the Union of Lublin happened over a number of years so that's why there are a few documents.

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