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Istrian Book of Boundaries

Title: Istarski razvod
Date: 1546
Size: 35 fol., paper
Dimensions: 320 x 220 mm
Library: Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica
Shelfnumber: Manuscripts Collection: R3677
Provenance: Ljudevit Gaj collection, 1874
Document type: Manuscript
Subject: Literature

Istrian book of boundaries is the legal document of the boundary commission in Istria formed to establish the boundaries between the Patriarchate of Aquileia, the Principality of Pazin and the Republic of Venice. It is written in three linguistic versions: Latin, German and Croatian but our only existing copies are later Glagolitic transcripts. The original document from which later copies were made is dated 1275. However, the later copies include some 14th century additions, which clearly indicates that this old legal text was widely used. If we use a little imagination and look below the legal phrases and terminology the Istarski razvod can be seen as a prose text with several narrative levels composing a rich medieval fresco. It provides a whole procession of all the significant forms of the social life of medieval Istria moving through its magical landscape.

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