Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 163 e fol.
AM 163 e fol. (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-38v) Fóstbræðra saga Icelandic Sagan frá Þorgeiri Hávarðssyni og Þormóði Kolbúnarskáldi Á dögum hins helga Ólafs konungs og lýkur þar nú ævi Þormóðs með þeim atburðum sem nú eru sagðir og endar hér þessa frásögu.
38302 mm x 192 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms with an heraldic eagle (see also AM 164 b fol.).

Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: heraldic eagle (upside down)
There is contemporary foliation in brown ink in the top outer corners (222-259).There is later foliation in red ink in the top margins (1-38).
There are six quires:
  • Quire I: Fols. 1-8 (1, 2, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (2 singletons, 3 bifolia) Note: The singletons 1 and 2 are now glued onto fol. 3. Originally, they formed the last two leaves in a quire of three bifolia together with the last four leaves in AM 164 b fol.
  • Quire II: Fols. 9-14 (9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire III: Fols. 15-20 (15+20, 16+19, 17+18) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: Fols. 21-26 (21+26, 22+25, 23+24) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire V: Fols. 27-32 (27+32, 28+31, 29+30) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: Fols. 33-38 (33+38, 34+37, 35+36) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are many stains and repairs.
  • The margins have been trimmed causing damage to some of the marginal notes.
  • The spine is in a bad condition.
The text is written in one column. 270 mm x 167 mm34-489-12Note: The margins on both sides are ruled with ink.The letter "V" in the margin indicates verses.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: A few lines, e.g. on fols. 12r and 9r were written in hybrida script, but probably by the same scribe (see the insular f in both script types). Other parts, e.g. fols 28r, show a narrower kurrent script and may be written by another scribe.
  • Initial: The initials are written in ink without much decoration. The main initial spans 3-4 lines and is somewhat decorated by means of additional loops and short strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of text are written in larger and more decorative chancery fractura script.
  • Paratext: The text ends in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with two strokes forming an angle.
  • There are marginal notes by the scribe on fol. 3r.

The binding (310 mm x 200 mm x 10 mm) is a plain cardboard binding. The title and shelfmark (including the letter) were written onto the front cover using dark ink, and there are two stickers on the spine, one for the shelfmark and one for the running number. The pastedown is made from blank paper.
An AM-slip (147 mm x 100 mm) is attached to fol. 1r. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"ur bok er eg feck af Jone Thorlakssyne"
. The verso-side of the slip shows traces of older writing.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 128).
Árni Magnússon received the larger codex, of which this 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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