In ca. 1307, three Old Rus’ chronicles—the Pověst’ vremennykh lět (Tale of Bygone Years, covering the years 872–1117), Kievan Chronicle (for the years 1119–1199), and the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle (for the years 1205–1289)—were joined together. These three component parts have come down to us only in the form of a compilation (datable to ca. 1425) which scholars have named the Hypatian Chronicle.
Of the five extant witnesses of the Hypatian Chronicle, the so-called Xlebnikov codex occupies a special place. It was most probably copied in Volhynia during the second half of the sixteenth century for Prince Kostjantyn Ostroz’kyj.
The so-called Pogodin codex, closely related to the Xlebnikov, was copied in 1621 in Žyvotiv for Prince Stefan Svjatopolk-Cetvertyns’kyj.
Both the Ostroz’kyj and Cetvertyns’kyj codices appear here for the first time in facsimile. Until now they have been known only from footnotes to editions of the Hypatian Chronicle.