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1445 : registre de correspondance marchande avec empreintes de pattes de chat
Dubrovnik, Archives d'Etat,  Lettere di Levante, vol. XIII, f. 168r
Transcription by Emir O. Filipović   [Version 1 dated 2013-02-25]

Introduction

The document is from the State Archives in Dubrovnik, it is written in the medieval Italian language, and can be dated to 11th March 1445. It comes from the 13th volume of a series of archival registers called “Lettere e commissioni di Levante”, which basically include copies of letters and instructions which the Dubrovnik/Ragusan government sent to its merchants and envoys, most often in the hinterland - Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia etc. These particular letters were addressed to the Ragusan nobles and merchants residing in Novo Brdo and Priština in modern day Kosovo.
The picture of the document was made famous by the fact that it is stained with cat paws. Ever since the photo was posted on Twitter and Facebook it received a lot of attention and became extremely popular. The photograph also inspired several interesting blog posts which also became prominent in their own right. Of those “Paws, Pee and Mice: Cats among Medieval Manuscripts” by Thijs Porck and “Grumpy Cat Responds to the Medieval Cat-Print Manuscript” by Zachary Fisher deserve a special mention. Emir O. Filipović described his experience of finding the document in a blog post "Of cats and manuscripts" published on “The Appendix”.

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1445 : registre de correspondance marchande avec empreintes de pattes de chat

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Emir O. Filipović, “Registre de correspondance marchande, 1445, avec empreintes de pattes de chat ! (Dubrovnik, Archives d'Etat, Lettere di Levante, vol. XIII, f. 168r)” [Version 1 dated 2013-02-25], in Album interactif de paléographie médiévale / Interactive Album of Mediaeval Palaeography, coord. Marjorie Burghart, Lyon, 2011.


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