Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 139 fol.
AM 139 fol. (1625-1672, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-27r) Þórðar saga hreðu Saga Þórðar hreðu Þórður hét maður, son Hörða-Kára Þórður hreða varð sóttdauður. Höfum vær ekki fleira heyrt með sannleik af honum sagt. Og lýkur hér með sögu Þórðar hreðu. The manuscript is a copy of AM 551 d β 4to. Note: Fols. 27v-28v are blank.
iii, 28, iii295 mm x 190 mm
There is an anchor watermark. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 161 fol. CU1 and AM 212 fol.
On the front and back flyleaves, there is a coat of arms with two lions, which is rather "fuzzy" in style. There is no crown on top, and the letters "HS" (S written in the middle of H) can be read underneath. The coat of arms itself is divided into two (i.e. a right and a left part).

There is older foliation in dark ink in the top outer corners (90-117), which has been erased on some leaves. There is modern foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-28).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia). Note: The leaves have been repaired, but this seems to be an original quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-28 (25+28, 26+27) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired, but this seems to be an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords at the end of each quire except for the last page, which is blank.
  • There are a couple of stains, slightly discolouring the paper.
  • Fols. 1r and 28v are especially dark, but the pages at inner quire boundaries, i.e. fols. 8v-9r, 16v-17r and 24v-25r are also somewhat darker than the other pages.
  • The ink of the first initial bleeds through the paper.
  • In the inner margin of fol. 28v, a rubbed-of outline of a large initial "Þ" is visible. Note: The corresponding initial is found on fol. 1r of AM 212 fol.
  • There are older repairs at the spine using paper strips.
The text is written in one column. 240 mm x 135 mm8-1210-13
Jón Erlendsson Hybrida Major
Info: Mostly written by Jón Erlendsson in his hybrida script.
Unknown Hybrida Minor
Info: An unknown scribe wrote fols. 4v-5v.
Unknown Hybrida Minor
Info: Another unknown scribe wrote the last lines on fol. 14r.
  • Initial: There is a large initial on fol. 1r corresponding to ca. 7 lines. It is decorated by means of bold strokes and additional flourishing.
  • Initial: The letters at the beginning of sections are written larger (1-2 lines) and are slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are emphasised by means of larger script and partially capitals.
  • The main scribe has made some additions in the margins of fols. 5v and 8v.

The binding (298 mm x 198 mm x 15 mm) is a full parchment binidng on cardboard. It is from Árni Magnússon's time. There are parchment strips laced through the spine fold and blank leaves were used as pastedown. There are several larger stains on the covers.

An AM-slip (70 mm x 172 mm) is pasted onto the first front flyleaf. It reads in the hand of Árni Magnússon:
"Þordar saga hredu. med hende Sr Jons Erlendsson i Villinga hollte. or bök fra Jone Thorlakssyne."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 100), but the active writing period of the main scribe was ca. 1625-1672.
According to the AM-slip, the codicological unit was once part of a larger codex, which Árni Magnússon bought from the sýslumaður Jón Þorláksson. Before that, it belonged to the bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson. It is unsure how it came into the possession of Jón Þorláksson (STUAGNL 63, viii-ix).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms28.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms28a.

Last update: 2016.
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