Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 163 m fol.
AM 163 m fol. (1660-1680, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1v-11v) Víglundar saga og Ketilríðar (defective) Icelandic Sagan af Víglundi væna. Haraldur hinn hárfagri var sonur Hálfdanar svarta Hólmketill bóndi sat nú heima. Það var einn dag að Note: The saga is defective and ends with the beginning of chapter 19.
ii, 11, i304 mm x 196 mm
The original text block shows a coat of arms watermark with an heraldic eagle. Note: See also AM 164 b fol.
The details are:
  • Fol. 2: blank countermark without chain-lines
  • Fol. 3: heraldic eagle upside down
  • Fol. 4: heraldic eagle upside down
  • Fol. 5: blank countermark without chain-lines
  • Fol. 6: blank countermark without chain-lines
  • Fol. 7: blank countermark without chain-lines
  • Fol. 8: blank countermark without chain-lines
  • Fol. 9: blank countermark without chain-lines (thicker leaf)
  • Fol. 10: heraldic eagle upside down (thicker leaf)
  • Fol. 11: heraldic eagle upside up
The watermark in the added leaves in front is a circular coat of arms with a lion inside. The countermark reads "PH". Note: The same watermark is found on the same kind of added bifolium in AM 181 i fol.

There is contemporary foliation in ink in the top outer corner of fol. 2r (357) and the corresponding number (366) has been added in parantheses by a later hand on fol. 11r.There are traces of foliation in red ink close to the top, e.g. on fol. 9r.
There is modern foliation in pencil in the top margin or top outer corners (1-11).
There are three quires: Note: All original leaves have been repaired at the spine.
  • Quire I: [flyleaf 2]-1 ([flyleaf 2]+1)(1 bifolium) Note: This bifolium was probably enclosing the other leaves in Árni Magnússon's time.
  • Quire II: Fols. 2-7 (2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (3 bifolia) Note: Fols. 2-4 once formed a quire with the last three leaves in AM 181 i fol.
  • Quire III: Fols. 8-11 (8+11, 9+10) (2 bifolia) Note: Fols. 9+10 form an original bifolium and may have been at the centre of a thick quire of 5 bifolia.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • Since the saga ends defectively, there may be several leaves missing at the end.
  • All but the first leaf have been repaired extensively at the spine using Japanese paper. There are moreover traces of older glue and repairs in the inner margins.
  • Some leaves are rapaired at the fore-edge using Japanese paper.
  • There are stains through-out the manuscript.
The text is written in one column. 275 mm x 165 mm38-429-12Note: The lines for the margins on both sides are ruled with ink.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The scribe used mostly kurrent script, but hybrida for the first lines of chapters and chancery fractura for rubrics.
  • Initial: There are initials on the added first leaf: The main initial spans ca. 4 lines and is slightly decorated by means of additional curls and loops. Another initial spans only ca. 2 lines.
  • Initial: Small initials at section beginnings occur in the original text part. They are hardly larger than the other letters.
  • Paratext: The first line of each chapter is written in a different script and is slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line.
  • The bifolium of the second front flyleaf and fol. 1 is a later addition. Þórður Þórðarson has written the text on fol. 1v, containing a transcription of the beginning of the text, on behalf of Árni Magnússon. On fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has added:
    (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 130)
  • A different hand has added on fol. 1r:
    "363 a"

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1977.
An older binding is kept with the manuscript. It is a grey cardboard binding with the shelfmark (including the letter) and the title written on the front board. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from blank paper.
  • An AM-slip (125 mm x 113 mm) in the hand of Árni Magnússon is located in the front of the manuscript. It reads:
    "Ur bok er eg feck af Jone Thorlakssyne."
    The AM-slip is made of reused paper. Its verso-side shows accounting notes in Árni Magnússon's hand, which are crossed out using the same ink.
  • There is a loose slip with information on the restoration done in Copenhagen in 1977.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1670 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 130).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which the codicological unit was a part, from Jón Þorláksson, sýslumaður in Múlasýsla (see also slips accompanying the other parts, e.g. AM 164 b 4to).

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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