Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 155 fol.
AM 155 fol. (1625-1672, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-31v) Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar Icelandic Hér byrjar sögu af Hrafni á Hrafnseyri. 1.1. (1r:3-1r:14) FormáliIcelandicAtburðir margir þeir er verða falla mönnum oft úr minniað hver má geyra það sem vill, gott eður illt. 1.2. (1r:15-31v) Hrafns saga SveinbjarnarsonarIcelandicSveinbjörn hét maður, son Bárðar svartaog Jóns og Herdísar móður Einars Bergssonar.
iii, 31, iii287 mm x 185 mm
The watermark is a castle with two towers and a pointy line underneath. The countermark consists of two letters, possibly "HP". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: castle
  • Fol. 2: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 3: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 4: castle
  • Fol. 5: castle
  • Fol. 6: countermark
  • Fol. 7: countermark
  • Fol. 8: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 9: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 10: countermark
  • Fol. 11: castle
  • Fol. 12: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 13: castle
  • Fol. 14: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 15: castle
  • Fol. 16: countermark
  • Fol. 17: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 18: countermark
  • Fol. 19: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 20: countermark
  • Fol. 21: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 22: castle
  • Fol. 23: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 24: castle
  • Fol. 25: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 26: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 27: countermark
  • Fol. 28: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 29: countermark
  • Fol. 30: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 31: countermark (upside down)

There is later foliation in the top outer corners, partly in red and partly in black ink (1-31).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-10 (1+10, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 11-20 (11+20, 12+19, 13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 21-31 (21+30, 22+29, 23+28, 24+27, 25+26, 31) (5 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The singleton fol. 31 used to be part of another quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 10v, 20v and 30v, which coincide with the original quire boundaries. A catchword on fol. 6r was added later.
  • Many leaves are dirty with stains.
  • At quire boundaries, the paper is darker than on the other pages.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves. The third hole from the top (the hole below the one further from the spine) and the second to last (or last) hole from the bottom, which is a little further away from the spine, show traces of red.
  • The leaves have been trimmed after they were taken out of the larger codex.
  • There are black ink stains on the top and bottom edges. Note: Since they are also visible on the binding, they must be younger than the separation.
  • Many leaves have been repaired by means of white paper strips.
The text is written in one column. 240 mm x 130 mm23-249-14Note: Fol. 31v is blank.
Jón Erlendsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left for major initials (ca. 3 lines). Some of them were filled in later on. The first letters of sections are at times somewhat larger than the main text (1-2 lines).
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of sections are written in larger chancery fractura script.
  • Other: Very faint remnants of red colour are visible on the upper part of the fore-edges of fols. 15-16. These leaves have a slanted fore-edge, which makes them partly less wide than the rest of the leaves. Where the red colour is located, the edges are also dirtier. In the lower part of the leaves thez have the full width of the manuscript. There, the fore-edges show neither red colour nor dirt, which means that they were trimmed there together with the other leaves.
  • There are some later marks in the margins.
  • On fol. 30r, there is a note in the margin:
    "óheilagr vid Nr. 560 b 4to"
  • There are a few later corrections in the text.
  • Some initials have been filled in, e.g. on fol. 2v. Note: This was presumably done by the same person as in AM 148 fol.

The manuscript is bound in a full binding (293 mm x 190 mm x 13 mm) made from parchment on cardboard. Parchment strips are laced through the spine fold. Two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number are glued onto the spine. The pastedown is made from blank white paper with a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark ("MI" underneath).
  • An AM-slip (110 mm x 114 mm) is attached to the first front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Hrafns saga Sveinbiarnar sonar. Ur bok Þorbiargar Vigfussdottur fra Sr Þorde Jonssyne."
    A later hand has added:
    "Denne Notitz horer uden Tvivel til No. 155. fol."
The manuscript part was written in Iceland. Since it was written by Jón Erlendsson, it was in all likelihood written in Villingaholt. The active writing period of the scribe was ca. 1625-1672.
The larger codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, belonged to Þorbjörg Vigfúsdóttir. Next, her nephew Þórður Jónsson owned the manuscript. From him, Árni Magnússon received the codex (Loth 1960, Editiones AM, A5, lxii-lxiii; 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.
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