Ruling in light brown ink, only visible on some pages.
13 lines written in pencil in Swedish by a modern hand.
13 lines written in pen in Swedish and signed Per Hierta
Above Regem in the rubric a contemporary hand has added ‘neapolitam’ in brown ink.
Bottom margin in brown ink by a modern hand: ‘Ex Bibliotheca Antonini de Amico Regii Historiographi et Canonici Parnormitani’
Rubrics in red. Names of the speakers in the dialogue written in capitals in red and brown ink.
(f. 1r): elaborate white vine-stem inital H over 4 lines in gold inhabited by a painted putto. Part of the vegetative ornament extends along the entire inner margin. Main colours: blue, green, and pink.
(f. 4r): elaborate white vine-stem inital C over 3 lines in gold with ornamentation in blue, pink, and green.
(ff. 1–76): Capitals sometimes hanging in the outer margin.
The manuscript has been rebound at some point, but a rectangle (125x75 mm) of the original cover has been preserved as a centrepiece in the new binding. The newer binding is in brown leather with tooled decoration, four raised bands on the spine, and two pairs of straps made of cloth to keep the book closed. The original binding is in dark brown leather with tooled decoration, gilded vegetative ornaments (acanthus?), and in the centre surrounded by vegetative ornaments a gilded coat of arms. Coat of arms: a combination of the Crown of Aragon and the Duchy of Calabria.
The previous owner, Per Hierta, argues in a note on f. L1r that the gold tooled decoration on the original cover is the oldest known example of this technique known to him.
15th centuryItaly. The coat of arms found on the remains of the original cover may point to an owner from the neapolitan royal family, cf. Marinis (1952-1957), vol. 2, p. 71.
The manuscript appears to have remained in Italy until the 17th century. The owner signature on f. 1r probably points to Antonino Amico (1586-1641), canon and historian in Palermo. The manuscripts later fate is unknow, but at some point it was acquired by its last known owner, the book collector Per Hierta (1864-1924). His notes and signatures are found on ff. LCI–L1r.