Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 163 n fol.
AM 163 n fol. (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1v-12r:12, 16r:13-16r:28) Kjalnesinga saga (defective) Icelandic Sagann af Búa Esjufóstra. Helgi bjóla son Ketils Flatnefs nam Kjalarnes á millum Botnsár og Leirvogsár Frá Búa Andríðarsyni er komin mikil ætt. Og ljúkum vér hér sögu Kjalnesinga. Note: Jökuls þáttur Búasonar is incorporated into the saga which continues on fol. 16r. Fol. 1r is blank. 2. (12v:12-16r:12) Jökuls þáttur Búasonar Icelandic [Added in the margin:] Hier biriar af Jökle ad segia Þar var madur er Jökull het töku þaug Kongdöm epter hann of riked og lykur þar frä honum ad seigia. Note: The saga is transcribed as a part of Kjalnesinga saga. Fol. 16v is blank.
i, 16, i303 mm x 193 mm
There are two different watermarks in the old text block: A coat of arms with a crown on top and a coat of arms with an heraldic eagle.
The details are:
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms with crown, upside down
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms countermark
  • Fol. 4: heraldic eagle upside down
  • Fol. 5: heraldic eagle countermark
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms with crown, upside up
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms countermark
  • Fol. 8: heraldic eagle countermark
  • Fol. 9: heraldic eagle countermark
  • Fol. 10: heraldic eagle countermark
  • Fol. 11: heraldic eagle
  • Fol. 12: heraldic eagle
  • Fol. 13: heraldic eagle
  • Fol. 14: heraldic eagle upside down
  • Fol. 15: heraldic eagle countermark
The added first bifolium (front flyleaf+1) shows a coat of arms of Amsterdam (possibly "TI" underneath) and the countermark "ICD". The watermark in the other bifolium (16+back flyleaf) is a round coat of arms with a lion inside and the countermark "HP".

There is contemporary foliation in dark ink in the top outer corner of fol. 2r (332) and according to this old foliation the number 346 was added later in parentheses in the top outer corner of 16r, which is an additional leaf. The original foliation stops with the number 345 on fol. 15r.There is later foliation in red ink in the top margins or top outer corners (1-16).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: [flyleaf]-1 ([flyleaf]+1) (1 bifolium)
  • Quire II: Fols. 2-7 (2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (3 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: Fols. 8-13 (8+13, 9+12, 10+11) (3 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire IV: Fols. 14-[flyleaf] (14, 15, 16+[flyleaf]) (2 singletons, 1 added bifolium) Note: The two singletons originally formed a quire together with the first four leaves in AM 297 b 4to.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.

The text is written in one column. 270 mm x 163 mm40-4210-13Note: The margins on both sides are ruled in ink.
Unknown Kurrent Major
Info: The script and size varies slightly.
Unknown Fractura Minor
Info: Ca. 12 lines on fol. 12v are possibly written by a different hand (or at least in a different script) (see handrit.is).
  • Initial: The initials of new chapters are somewhat larger than the rest of the text (1-2 lines) and are decorated by means of additional lines and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with two plain strokes forming an angle.
  • In the margin of fol. 12v is written:
    "Hér byrjar af Jökli að segja"
  • Fols. 1 and 16 together with the flyleaves were added later, i.e. after the manuscript was separated into smaller units. The text parts they contain are transcriptions of the beginning and ending of the text. They are written by Þórður Þórðarson on behalf of Árni Magnússon.
  • There are a few marks in the margin.
  • On fol. 1v, Árni Magnússon has made a correction to the transcription.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding (308 mm x 202 mm x 6 mm) from ca. 1771-1780 in the typical manner of Jens Jacob Weber's time. The title and shelfmark (including the number) are written onto the front cover and there are two stickers on the spine for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material.
  • An AM-slip (101 mm x 106 mm) written by Árni Magnússon is bound in front of the manuscript. It reads:
    "ur bok Jöns Þorlakssonar Er afleitlega raung"
  • The verso-side contains some text in the hand of Þórður Þórðarson, which hints at the fact that it may be a piece of a leaf that contained a transcribed beginning or ending of a text in a manuscript to be dismembered.
    "rkars ens digra faudde hun þau vera ákaf upptekenn bein þörmodur Snorra G. hun sagde Gudny þau lyt oc suo suort sem snyd þau beyn grafinn þar ur kyrckiann. Nu lykrnesingia Eyrbyggia"
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (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 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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