Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 130 fol.
AM 130 fol.
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
ii, 46, i
  • There is a mark that looks like an "L" in the bottom right-hand corner of the second front flyleaf.

The current binding (313 mm x 205 mm x 16 mm) is a half binding from Kålund's time. The boards are made of cardboard and are covered in brown marbled paper. The corners and spine are covered with a black fabric.
  • An AM-slip (83 mm x 167 mm) is attached to the verso-side of the second front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Eyrbyggia saga"
    . Another hand has added:
    "Laxdæla saga. Skrifadar af Helga Olafsÿne, ad Skridu i Januario og Febr: 1675. Eg feck þetta af Jone Thorlacksÿne Sÿslum i Mulaþinge, i bok medal annarra sagna."
  • On the recto-side of the back flyleaf, there is a little snippet attached that stems from a handwritten page (4 lines preserved with 1-2 words each).
AM 130 fol. CU1 (1675, Iceland)
1. (1r-27v) Eyrbyggja saga Icelandic Saga af nokkrum Íslendingum og er kölluð Eyrbyggja. Ketill flatnefur hét einn ágætur hersir í Noregi sögu Þórsnesinga og Álftfirðinga er Eyrbyggja kallast. Note: At the end of the text (fol. 27v), there are two ornaments as well as the date and the initials of the scribe in a verse.
Codex
Paper
27303 mm x 194 mm
The watermark in the first quire is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 163 n fol. The other leaves show a large Geometrical ornament with script in the top bow and below. There are possibly some large letters as well. Some details are:
  • Fol. 25: geometrical watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: geometrical watermark (upside up)

There is old foliation in dark ink in the top outer corners (260-286).There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-27).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: Fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired.
  • Quire II: Fols. 7-12 (7+12, 8+11, 9+10) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire III: Fols. 13-18 (13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: Fols. 19-24 (19+24, 20+23, 21+22) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire V: Fols. 25-27 (25+26, 27) (1 bifolium, 1 singleton) Note: All leaves have been repaired. Fols. 25+26 did not form an original bifolium. Instead, the leaves used to form a quire of three bifolia together with the first three leaves in AM 130 fol. CU2 (see quire VI).
There are no quire signatures.There used to be a catchword on every page. Most of them are now lost due to trimming.
  • Most leaves have been repaired at the spine using paper strips.
  • The edges of some leaves are damaged and dirty.
  • There are stains on many pages, but the leaves at original quire boundaries are dirtier than the others.
  • At the bottom of most pages, the text is damaged (mostly the catchwords) as a result of trimming.
The text is written in one column. 290 mm x 170 mm53-5813-19Note: The margins on both sides are ruled with ink.
Helgi Ólafsson Kurrent Major
Info: The manuscript was written by Helgi Ólafsson in a very tight and neat script (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 93).
  • Initial: The initials are neatly decorated. The first initial spans ca. 5 lines and is decorated by means of double and triple strokes and additional flourishing. Other initials are usually written with a single bold stroke but show some curls and flourishing.
  • Frieze: There are two ornaments on fols. 27v.
  • Border: There is a decorative border in between the rubric and the main text.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first line of text are written in larger and more decorative letters of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The preserved catchwords are decorated with two strokes forming an angle around them.
  • There are some additions in the margins (by the scribe), which have been partly cut off.
The manuscript part was written in Iceland, mostly in January and February 1675 by Helgi Ólafsson at Skriða í Norður-Múlasýslu (see AM-slip).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which the codicological unit was a part, from Jón Þorláksson, sýslumaður in Múlasýsla (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms28.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms28b.


AM 130 fol. CU2 (1676-1700, Iceland)
2. (28r-44r) Laxdæla saga Hér byrjar Laxdæla sögu. Ketill flatnefur hét maður son Bjarnar bunu ógiftusamlega Þorleiki til handa Note: Ends defective on fol. 44r, but not due to loss. From the ruling on fol. 44v it is apparent that the text was meant to be continued.
Codex
Paper
19302 mm x 196 mm
There are two different watermarks. The watermark on fols. 28-42 is the same as in the last quire of AM 130 fol. CU1: A large round ornament with script in the top bow and below. The watermark in the last quire is a coat of arms with an heraldic eagle (see e.g. AM 163 n fol.). Note: This change coincides with a change of hands. Some details are:
  • Fol. 28: "blank"
  • Fol. 29: geometrical watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 30: "blank"

There is old foliation in dark ink in the top outer corners (287-307), of which the original bifolium 304+305 is now missing. The original foliation continues with number 306 on fol. 45r.There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (28-46).
There are four quires:
  • Quire VI: fols. 28-30 (28, 29+30) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium) Note: All leaves have been repaired. Originally, fol. 28 used to form the inner most bifolium together with fol. 27 (the singleton in quire V from the previous CU), and fols. 29 and 30 used to form bifolia together with fol. 25 and 26 from quire V, so that this was a quire of three bifolia (see watermark).
  • Quire VII: fols. 31-36 (31+36, 32+35, 33+34) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 37-42 (37+42, 38+41, 39+40) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 43-46 (43+46, 44+45) (2 bifolia) Note: There used to be three bifolia. The inner most bifolium is missing.
Note: There may have been another 24 blank leaves intended for the rest of the saga, which would form four more quires and would have been assigned the old foliation 308-331. Alternatively, there were only a few blank leaves and the person who has foliated the manuscript left these numbers out, wanting to complete the text.There are no quire signatures.There were catchwords on every page. Most of them are now lost due to trimming.
  • The text at the bottom of some leaves is damaged due to trimming.
  • The last quire is short of one bifolium, which did most likely not contain any text.
  • The leaves are rather dirty with stains.
  • Many leaves have been repaired at the spine using paper strips.
The text is written in one column. 285 mm x 172 mm53-5813-19Note: The margins on both sides are ruled with ink.
Helgi Ólafsson Kurrent Major
Info: Fols. 28r-42v were written by Helgi Ólafsson (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 93).
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: Fols. 43r-44r were written by a different scribe, who switches in between a larger and a smaller version of his script.
  • Initial: The first initial spans ca. 4 lines and is decorated by means of bolder strokes and some additional lines. Other initials span 1-2 lines and are only slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first line of text are written in a different script and are slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The extent catchwords are decorated with two strokes forming an angle around them.
  • There are some additions in the margins (by the scribe), which have been partly damaged by trimming.
  • There are marks and underlinings in pencil and ink.
The manuscript part was written in Iceland in the late seventeenth century, partly by Helgi Ólafsson at Skriða í Norður-Múlasýslu (see AM-slip).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which the codicological unit was a part, from Jón Þorláksson, sýslumaður in Múlasýsla (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms28.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms28b.


Last update: 2016.
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