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.
ii, 11, i304 mm x 196 mmThere 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.
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 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.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
"Viglunda-Saga." (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 130)
- A different hand has added on fol. 1r:
The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards
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.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland.
Kålund dates it to ca. 1670 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 130).
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).
- When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms28.
- Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms28b.