Mikalojus Dauksa was born about 1527 in Babenai and died on 16 february 1613 in Varniai. He wrote in a central High Lithuanian dialect influenced by both eastern High Lithuanian and Zemaitic. Dauksas two major works were the Katechismas of 1595 and the Postilla Catholicka of 1599.
The only extant copy of the Catechism is now in the Scientific Library of Vilnius State
University. The following editions of the Catechism have appeared: E. Wolter, Litovskij
The following editions of the Postile have appeared: E. Wolter, Postilla Catholicka Jakuba Wujka w litovskom perevode Nikolaja Dauksi (St. Petersburg, I 1904; II 1909; III 1927); Dauksos Postile. Fotografuotinis leidimas (Kaunas, 1926); facsimile edition with preface by Mykolas Birziska.
Dauksas Postile is the most important Old Lithuanian text because it is accented and contains a large number of archaic forms. For a study of Dauksas accentuation, see Pranas Skardzius, Dauksos akcentologija (Kaunas, 1935).
The texts in this edition have been taken from the facsimile edition of 1926.
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