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.