“Polish” Folios in the 1588 Copies of the Lithuanian Statute (A History of the“Handwritten” Copies)
This article attempts to ascertain the authorship of two forged folios in the Lithuanian Statute of 1588 – the first one and the last one. They imitate the first edition quite accurately, however they are prints of handmade copies, litographed on old paper which is not very different from statute paper. The fact that such folios find themselves in those particular copies of the codex which are stored only in Poland means that their author should be mainly searched for in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In this article three hypotheses are made and examined: that the “Polish” folios could have been forged by the famous mathematician and cartographer Józef Naronowicz-Naroński (1610/16–1678), by the professor of Warsaw University of Technology Antoni Hann (1796–1861), or by the Cracow antiquarian Władysław Bartynowski (1832–1918). Each of them, at some point in their lives, was briefly involved in copying the Lithuanian Statute pubilshed by the Mamonicz printing house.
editions published by the Mamonicz printing house in Vilnius ; Lithuanian Statute from 1588 ; forgeries of early printed books ; restoration of old books