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The Freeska Landriucht (1074R): A Book from Oldersum Castle Library Retrieved

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Tresoar 1074R, which is a copy of the only Frisian incunabulum that is usually referred to as Freeska Landriucht, contains several handwritten notes from the 16th century. The notes, which are in Latin as well as in the vernacular, are written on a misprinted bifolium preceding the book’s main text. The notes make abundantly clear that in the 16th century the incunabulum was part of the library of the East Frisian castle at Oldersum; what is more, it is the sole recorded survivor of this large book collection, since the library seems to have been completely scattered and destroyed in the decades following the death, in early 1589, of the last male descendant of the Oldersum chieftain dynasty: Hero II von Oldersum. Caspar Möller, a legal officer in Oldersum, handed it out to Henricus Reiningius of Coevorden, a notary public, on 20 April 1589, which is the very day after a (surviving) inventory of the Oldersum book collection was made. Although the Freeska Landriucht is not mentioned specifically in the inventory, reference to it may still have been made by Johan van Westerwolt (who inventoried the library) with the words: Ein olt geschrieben Landrecht.

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