Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 142 fol.
AM 142 fol.
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 64, i313 mm x 201 mm

The manuscript is bound in a half binding with parchment on the spine and brown and yellow marbled paper on wooden boards. Underneath the pastedown, printed material can be made out. Before, the boards were covered with reused parchment leaves from a Latin ecclesiastical manuscript (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 101). Those leaves were taken off under Kristian Kålund and replaced with the marbled paper. The parchment leaves are now stored in AM Access. 7 (Hs 122).

An AM-slip (165 mm x 180 mm) is attached to the recto-side of the first front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Saga Þorgeirs og Þormodar Kolbrunarskallds.
Fragment Sỏgu Þorsteins Sidu=Hallz sonar.
Epter membranâ Regia in 4to.
Stöd framan ä bokinni med hende Asgeirs Jons sonar.
Ur Num. 12.
Fra Sal. Assessor Thormod Torueses Enke 1720."
AM 142 fol. CU1 (1690-1697, Norway)
1. (1r-54r) Fóstbræðra saga Saga fra Þorgeiri og Þormoðe Kolbrunarskalde Á daugum hins helga Olafs konungs svo mundi skaldit vilia qveðiþ hafa. nú likur her æfi Þormoðs með þessum atburðum sem nu voru sagðir. Note: Fols. 54v-56v are blank.
Codex
Paper
56
The watermark is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam with the letters "AJ" underneath. The countermark consists of two letters ("DI"?). The details are:
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: coat of arms
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: coat of arms
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: coat of arms
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms
  • Fol. 18: letters
  • Fol. 19: coat of arms
  • Fol. 20: coat of arms
  • Fol. 21: letters
  • Fol. 22: letters
  • Fol. 23: coat of arms
  • Fol. 24: letters
  • Fol. 25: coat of arms
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: coat of arms
  • Fol. 29: letters
  • Fol. 30: coat of arms
  • Fol. 31: coat of arms
  • Fol. 32: letters
  • Fol. 33: coat of arms
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: coat of arms
  • Fol. 36: letters
  • Fol. 37: coat of arms
  • Fol. 38: letters
  • Fol. 39: coat of arms
  • Fol. 40: coat of arms
  • Fol. 41: letters
  • Fol. 42: coat of arms
  • Fol. 43: letters
  • Fol. 44: letters
  • Fol. 45: coat of arms
  • Fol. 46: letters
  • Fol. 47: letters
  • Fol. 48: coat of arms
  • Fol. 49: coat of arms
  • Fol. 50: letters
  • Fol. 51: letters
  • Fol. 52: letters
  • Fol. 53: letters
  • Fol. 54: coat of arms
  • Fol. 55: coat of arms
  • Fol. 56: coat of arms

There is later foliation in red ink in the bottom right-hand corners (1-54).There is contemporary pagination in brown ink in the top outer corners of the first three pages (1-3). A different hand has added the missing pagination (4-108) in reddish-brown crayon.
There are eight quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 7-15 (7+14, 8+13, 9+12, 11+10, 15) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 15 attached to the quire, possibly from the beginning.
  • Quire III: fols. 16-24 (16, 17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (1 singletons, 4 bifolia) Note: Fol. 16 is attached to the quire, possibly from the beginning.
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-32 (25+32, 26+31, 27+30, 28+29) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 33-38 (33+38, 34+37, 35+36) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 39-44 (39+44, 40+43, 41+42) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 45-50 (45+50, 46+49, 47+48) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 51-56 (51+56, 52+55, 53+54) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper (especially in the first part of the manuscript).
  • The leaves are relatively clean, but have darkened here and there, especially at quire boundaries.
  • There are some stains, partly from water, partly ink.
  • The top edge is slightly darker than the other edges.
  • There are two vertical folding lines marking the written area.
The text is written in one column. 250-260 mm x 140 mm27-288-10Note: Verses are written on separate lines.
Ásgeir Jónsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Initials are written slightly larger (1-2 lines), but are not decorated.
  • Other: The edges are coloured with bright red ink and yellowish-brown colour. Note: The colouring is also visible on the flyleaves and pastedown.
  • There are marginal additions in the hand of the scribe.
  • Many words and sentences are underlined using reddish-brown crayon. Note: The same crayon was used to add the pagination.
  • A different hand has added small crosses and marks in the text and the margins using black ink.
The manuscript part was written in Norway, where Torfæus had it written by his scribe Ásgeir Jónsson at some point between 1690-1697 (Már Jónsson 2009, 285).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 from Torfæus's widow (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1: 417).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms41.


AM 142 fol. CU2 (1690-1697, Norway)
2. (57r-64v) Þorsteins saga Síðu-Hallssonar Fragment Saugu Þorsteins Siþu Hallz sonar hverfingunni og voru þau drepinn bæþi. Þetta sumar ætlaði Þorsteinn utann Þordisi dottur SiþuHallz atti Þorðr Halldorsson or forsar scogum og likr svo þessi saugu er fra Þorsteini er saugð. Note: The lower half of fol. 64v is blank.
Codex
Paper
8
The watermark is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam with the letters "AJ" underneath. The countermark consists mostly of two letters ("DI"?). The details are:
  • Fol. 57: "DI"
  • Fol. 58: coat of arms
  • Fol. 59: (different letters)
  • Fol. 60: "DI"
  • Fol. 61: coat of arms
  • Fol. 62: coat of arms
  • Fol. 63: "DI"
  • Fol. 64: coat of arms

There is later foliation in red ink in the bottom right-hand corners (57-64).There is contemporary pagination in brown ink in the top outer corners (1-16).
There is one quire:
  • Quire IX: fols. 57-64 (57+64, 58+63, 59+62, 60+61) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper (especially in the first part of the manuscript).
  • The leaves are relatively clean, but have darkened here and there, especially at quire boundaries.
  • There are some stains, partly from water, partly ink.
  • The top edge is slightly darker than the other edges.
  • There are two vertical folding lines marking the written area.
The text is written in one column. 250-260 mm x 140 mm27-288-10
Ásgeir Jónsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Initials are written slightly larger (1-2 lines), but are not decorated.
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece at the end of the second text (fol. 64v). It has the shape of an infinity-sign with some extra bows.
  • Other: The edges are coloured with bright red ink and yellowish-brown colour. Note: The colouring is also visible on the flyleaves and pastedown.
  • On fol. 61v, there is a marginal addition in the hand of the scribe.
The manuscript part was written in Norway, where Torfæus had it written by his scribe Ásgeir Jónsson at some point between 1690-1697 (Már Jónsson 2009, 285).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 from Torfæus's widow (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1: 417).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms41.


Last update: 2016.
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