Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 99 fol.
AM 99 fol. (1701, Norway)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (3r-47r) Om Norges Rige Absalon Pedersen Danish Om Norgis Riige At skrifve retteligen oc Beskiedeligen noget vist om Norgis Rigis Under kong Christian den Tredie Offuenskrefne Norgis Rigis korte beskrifuelse er forfatted Aar effter Christi Byrd 1567 og udi de effterfölgende, men nu paa ny Udskrefuet Anno Domini 1701 -
Codex
Paper
i, 46, i301 mm x 190 mm
There is a medium large grape watermark. In the centre, there are three lines of framed text decorated with a pillar on each side. On top of the pillars and in the middle above the text, there are formations of grapes. The letters in the centre possibly read "R(or K?)/LENA(?)/BNE(?)". There is no countermark.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 7: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 16: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 17: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 21: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: "blank"
  • Fol. 25: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 28: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 29: "blank"
  • Fol. 30: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 31: "blank"
  • Fol. 32: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 35: "blank"
  • Fol. 36: "blank"
  • Fol. 37: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 38: "blank"
  • Fol. 39: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 40: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 41: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 42: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 43: "blank"
  • Fol. 44: "blank"
  • Fol. 45: "blank"
  • Fol. 46: "blank"
  • Fol. 47: grape watermark (upside down)
The flyleaves show chain-lines but no watermark.

There is red foliation in the top outer corners in the hand of Kristian Kålund (1-47), inlcuding the AM-slip (foliated as fol. 2).There is older pagination in brown ink (1-89).
There are four original quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-13 (1+13, 3+12, 4+11, 5+10, 6+9, 7+8) (6 bifolia) Note: The outer bifolium 1+13 has been repaired at the spine. The AM-slip is marked as fol. 2.
  • Quire II: fols. 14-25 (14+25, 15+24, 16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 26-37 (26+37, 27+36, 28+35, 29+34, 30+33, 31+32) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 38-47 (38+47, 39+46, 40+45, 41+44, 42+43) (5 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords at the end of each quire, i.e. on fols. 13v, 25v and 37v, but not fol. 47v, which is blank.
  • The fore-edge of the leaves is untrimmed.
  • There are a couple of stains on the paper, mostly in the margins.
  • The ink has bled through the paper.
The text is written in one to two columns. 240 mm x 125 mm31-357-8Note: Most of fol. 47r and all of fol. 47v are blank.
Ásgeir Jónsson Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials are only slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are not decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of a section are written slightly larger.
  • There are a few notes by the scribe that form a second, smaller column.
  • There are marginal notes in Torfæus's hand.
  • There are reddish-brown underlinings in the text.

The current binding is a half binding with blank parchment on the spine, which is from Árni Magnússon's time (ca. 1700-1730), and yellowish-brown marbled paper on the boards. The boards were formerly covered with reused parchment leaves which were taken off in 1911 and replaced with the marbled paper. The removed leaves are now part of AM Access. 7 e (Hs 122, fols. 4, 19, 24 and 57).

An AM-slip (150 mm x 100 mm) is glued onto fol. 3r. (The slip is marked as fol. 2 by the red foliation). Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"fra Sal. Assessor Thormod Toruesens Enke 1720."
The codicological unit was probably written in Norway in 1701 (see colophon).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 from Torfæus's widow (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1:417). Thormodus Torfæus probably commissioned the manuscript, since it was written by his scribe Ásgeir Jónsson.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms51.


Last update: 2016.
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