Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 15 fol.
AM 15 fol. (1601-1700, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-13r) Jómsvíkinga saga Icelandic Her hefur vpp Søgu Joomsvijkinga. Note: Contains the second þáttur of Jómsvíkinga saga, divided into 40 chapters, ending with the corresponding chapter 49 in Fornmanna Sögur XI.
i, 14, i318 mm x 202 mm
The watermark in the main text block is a deer on its hind legs. There is no countermark.
The later added flyleaves show a coat of arms of Amsterdam with the countermark "TMK 1716". Note: The same material is used for flyleaves and binding in AM 192 fol.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: deer
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: deer
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: deer
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: deer
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: deer
  • Fol. 11: deer
  • Fol. 12: deer
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"

There is contemporary pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (119-146).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 9-10 (9+10) (1 bifolium)
  • Quire IV: fols. 11-14 (11+14, 12+13) (2 bifolia)
There is possibly a later added quire signatures on fol. 1r ("PZ"?). There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are many stains on the paper.
  • Some leaves and corners have been folded.
The text is written in one column. 260 mm x 150 mm52-5515-17
Unknown Chancery fractura Sole
Info: The catchwords are in kurrent script.
  • Initial: There are larger initials (3-5 lines) which are decorated with floral ornaments and additional bold strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first lines of the text are written larger and in a more decorative manner than the rest of the text.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with a large characteristic squiggle underneath that ends in a loop. Sometimes there is a hook to the right.
  • In the lower margin of fol. 1r, a later addition in brown ink reads "PZ"(?) (see signatures).

The binding is a plain grey cardboard binding. There is no writing on the front cover, but two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number can be found on the spine. The pastedown of the binding is made from the same paper as the flyleaves, which has a watermark dating it to 1716 (see watermark). There are a few stains on the front cover.

An AM-slip is glued onto the front pastedown. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Jomsvikinga Saga ur bok i grænu bande, er eg feck af Sr Jone Torfasyne a Breidabolstad"
. The AM-slip is made of the margin of a leaf from another manuscript with writing in Danish.
The codicological unit was written in the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 12), presumably in Iceland (Handrit.is).
According to the AM-slip, these 11 leaves belonged to a book with a green binding that Árni Magnússon received from the pastor Jón Torfason of Breiðabólstaður.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms72.

Last update: 2016.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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