Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 49 fol.
AM 49 fol.
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
29295 mm x 176-185 mm
All leaves show a tilted trimming line on the top-edge, which causes the leaves to be ca. 5 mm higher close to the spine than at the fore-edge.


The binding (300 mm x 190 mm x 5 mm) is made of grey cardboard with printed material as the pastedown. It is presumably from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. ca. 1771-1780. On the front cover, the shelfmark and the titles of the texts are written in dark ink. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running title.
There is no additional material.
AM 49 fol. CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r:-5r:21) Hálfdanar saga svarta Icelandic Hier hefur upp þätt Hälfdanar Svarta [H]álfdan Svarte tök konungdöm atian vetra epter aadur enn þat var bannad af frænndum hanz 2. (5r:22-12r:8) Upphaf Ríkis Haralds hárfagra Icelandic Vpphaf Rijkis Haralldz Härfagra [A]d lidnummtiu vetrumm alldurz Haralldz halfdanarsonar hann j aunndverdre Saugu Olafs kongs Trygguasonar 3. (12r:9-16v) Hauks þáttur hábrókar (defective) Icelandic Þättur Hauks Häbrökar [B]eorn ad Hauge uar j Sviþiöd þa er Haralldr tok kongdom Ends: hann drap Bjorn konung kaupmann Note: Ends defective due to a lacuna following fol. 16v.
Codex
Paper
16295 mm x 176-185 mm
There is a post horn watermark. The horn is framed and underneath, the letters "MG" can be read. There is no countermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 6: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 7: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"

There is later foliation (1-16) in red ink by Kristian Kålund.A few leaves show additional modern foliation in pencil in the bottom margin.
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: The outer three bifolia have been repaired, but probably belonged together.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 8v and 16v.
  • There are stains on most leaves, some of them are visible on several consecutive pages.
  • The pages at the outside of the quires are darker than the rest.
  • The leaves have been repaired using Japanese paper both at the spine and the fore-edge. Where the edge is not repaired it is rather dark.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins. On fols. 1-8, a hole close to the bottom is a little further away from the spine and shows dark red discolouration. Fols. 9-16 are still stitched together.
  • At the bottom of the opening fols. 3v-4r and close to the spine in the opening fols. 6v-7r, there are traces of the same dark red substance. It smeared off onto the opposite page.
  • There is a lacuna following fol. 16v.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, which has caused some damage to the running titles.
The text is written in one column. 245-250 mm x 135-140 mm24-2810-14Note: There are running titles.
Jón Erlendsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left for large initials at the beginnings of texts (3 lines). Smaller initials (1-2 lines) within the texts are written out by the scribe. Most initials are emphasised by means of bold lines and additional hairlines and strokes. Occasionally, the initials are decorated with floral ornaments.
  • Paratext: Rubrics and the first line of each text are written larger and in a decorative style of chancery script.
  • Other: There are traces of red colouring on the edges, mostly visible on the top edges.
  • There are some marks and lines added to the margins, e.g. on fol. 24r-v.
  • On fol. 16v, a note has been added to the lower margin. It is only partly legible:
    "her er et blad [000], sem [0000] i n. 50. A"
    .
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 35).
The whole manuscript, of which this was a part, belonged to Þorbjörg Vigfúsdóttir. Next, her nephew Þórður Jónsson owned the manuscript. From him, Árni Magnússon received the codex (Jón Helgason 1970, Opuscula IV, 354-355).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms67.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms67a.


AM 49 fol. CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
4. (17r:1-18v:1) Haralds þáttur grenska (defective) Icelandic Begins: Eitt sumar er haralldur Grænski för j Austur veg konur hafde ætladt henne einlæte Note: Beginning missing. 5. (18v:2-21v:9) Ólafs þáttur Geirstaðaálfs Icelandic Hier er þättur Olafs Geirstada Älfs [D]reinngur godur og hofdinnge mikill Olafur Gudradarson Þad er hann tök af Olafe Geirstada Alfur, og skipadizt skiott vid
Codex
Paper
5295 mm x 176-185 mm
There is a post horn watermark. The horn is framed and underneath, the letters "MG" can be read. There is no countermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 17: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 18: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"

There is later foliation (17-21) in red ink by Kristian Kålund. Later foliation in black ink has been added to fol. 20r.
There is one quire:
  • Quire III: fols. 17-[22] (17, 18+21, 19+20, [22]) (2 bifolia, 1 [+1] singleton) Note: Fol. 22 has been attached to this quire (forming a bifolium with fol. 17), but originally belonged to the following quire, i.e. the first quire in CU3.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • Fol. 17r is slightly darker than the other pages, indicating that it may have been located at the outside of a quire. Fol. 21v, on the other hand, is rather clean, indicating that there was at least one leaf following it in the original quire.
  • In the opening fols. 19v-20r, which presumably formed the center of an original quire, there are stains from mud and liquid.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins and the leaves are still stiched together.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, which has caused major damage to the running titles.
The text is written in one column. 245-250 mm x 135 mm24-2810-14Note: There are running titles.
Jón Erlendsson Hybrida Sole
Info: Mostly in Jón Erlendsson's hybrida script, partly more chancery-like.
  • Initial: The first initial is filled in (spanning almost 3 lines, but without squared open space). For other main initials, there is open space (3 lines). Smaller initials (1-2 lines) within the texts are written out by the scribe. Most initials are emphasised by means of bold lines and additional hairlines and strokes. Occasionally, the initials are decorated with floral ornaments.
  • Paratext: Rubrics and the first line of each text are written larger and in a decorative style of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The end of the text on fol. 21v is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Other: There are traces of dark red coloration on the edges, particularly on the fore-edges.
  • In the outer margins, there are some lines and marks in dark grey ink highlighting certain passages.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 35).
The whole manuscript, of which this was a part, belonged to Þorbjörg Vigfúsdóttir. Next, her nephew Þórður Jónsson owned the manuscript. From him, Árni Magnússon received the codex (Jón Helgason 1970, Opuscula IV, 354-355).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms67.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms67a.


AM 49 fol. CU3 (1601-1700, Iceland)
6. (22r-29r) Ólafs saga hins helga Icelandic Søgu-þättur af Olafe Konge er kalladur var Digurbeirn [Þ]Ad Hafa Sagt nockrer fröder menn. ad kongur hafe Olafur heited Og flyde sem skiötazt þann stadinn. Note: Excerpt. Fol. 29v is blank.
Codex
Paper
8295 mm x 176-185 mm
There is a post horn watermark. The horn is framed and underneath, the letters "MG" can be read. There is no countermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 22: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 23: post horn (upside down)
  • Fol. 24: "blank"
  • Fol. 25: "blank"
  • Fol. 26: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 27: post horn (upside up)
  • Fol. 28: "blank"
  • Fol. 29: "blank"

There is later foliation (22-29) in red ink by Kristian Kålund. On some pages, the foliation has faded due to water treatment. On those leaves, new foliation has been added in pencil.On fol. 22r, a later hand has added the number "20", which is corrected to "22" using the same ink.
There is one quire:
  • Quire IV: fols. 22-29 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29) (8 singletons) Note: This may have been an original quire. At present, fols. 23+28, 24+27 and 25+26 are joined by repair. Fol. 22 is attached to the end of quire III (see CU2).
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves have been washed in 1997, which caused some of the red foliation to fade.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, which has caused damage to the running titles and a note in the margin of fol. 21r.
  • Fols. 22r and 29v are darker than the other pages, indicating that these pages used to be at the outside of the original quire.
  • There are older and newer repairs (using regular paper and Japanese paper) at the spine and on the edges.
  • Where the edges have not been repaired, they are rather dark and show remnants of red.
  • Fol. 28 shows a circular dark red stain at the top of the inner margin. The diameter is 27 mm. It is also partly visible on fol. 27v.
  • At the top-edge of the last three leaves there are stains from water or another liquid.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves close to the spine. Some of the holes show traces of red (in oarticular the larger ones close to the top and one close to the bottom-edges).
The text is written in one column. 230 mm x 130-135 mm24-2810-14Note: There are running titles.
Jón Erlendsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left for a large initial at the beginning of the text (3 lines). Smaller initials (1-2 lines) within the text are written out by the scribe. Most initials are emphasised by means of bold lines and additional hairlines and strokes. Occasionally, the initials are decorated with floral ornaments.
  • Paratext: Rubrics and the first line of text are written larger and in a decorative style of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is laid out in the shape of half a diamond.
  • In the outer margins, there are some lines and marks in dark grey ink highlighting passages.
  • In the outer margin of fol. 28v, a later hand has added
    "16v"
    using a pencil.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 35).
The whole manuscript, of which this was a part, belonged to Þorbjörg Vigfúsdóttir. Next, her nephew Þórður Jónsson owned the manuscript. From him, Árni Magnússon received the codex (Jón Helgason 1970, Opuscula IV, 354-355).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms67.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms67a.


Last update: 2016.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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Den Arnamagnæanske Samling
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Københavns Universitet
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