Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 164 b fol.
AM 164 b fol. (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-22v) Víga-Glúms saga Icelandic Sagan af Víga-Glúmi. Ingjaldur hét maður son Helga hins magra Það er og mál manna að Glúmur hafi verið best um sig allmargra manna hér á Íslandi. Og lýkur hér saga Glúms.
i, 22, i302 mm x 193 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms with an heraldic eagle.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: heraldic eagle (upside up)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: heraldic eagle (upside up)

There is contemporary foliation in brown ink in the top outer corners (200-221). Note: Most of the numbers have a little cross as dot to the right of the last digit.There is later foliation in pencil in the top margins (1-22).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: Fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: Fols. 1+6 have been repaired but seem to be an original bifolium.
  • Quire II: Fols. 7-12 (7+12, 8+11, 9+10) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire III: Fols. 13-18 (13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: Fols. 19-20 (19+20) (1 bifolium) Note: This quire has been repaired. The leaves used to form two bifolia with fol. 1 and 2 of the current AM 163 e 4to, which were part of a larger quire (together with quire V).
  • Quire V: Fols. 21-22 (20+21) (1 bifolium)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.

The text is written in one column. 280 mm x 160 mm39-419-12Note: The margins on both sides were ruled with ink.Verses are marked with a "V" in the margins.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: On some pages, e.g. fol. 21r, the scribe has written a few lines in hybrida. In the handwritten catalogue, Jón Ólafsson lists two exemplars of the saga and adds the comment "in the hand of Jón Gissursson" (AM 456 fol., 5r). This probably only applies to one of them, namely the current AM 164 a fol.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are written in larger fractura script.
  • Initial: The initials span ca. 4 lines. They are decorated with additional lines and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The saga ends in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line.
  • There are a few additions in the margins, some by the scribe, some later.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabrics on the boards. It was added during restoration in May 1975 by Birgitte Dall (see additional material).
The old binding (306 mm x 201 mm x 4 mm) is kept with the manuscript. It is a grey cardboard binding from ca. 1771-1780, Jens Jacob Weber's time. The title and shelfmark (including the letter) are written onto the front cover, and there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number on the spine. The pastedown is made from printed material.
  • There is an AM-slip (60 mm x 197 mm) in front of the manuscript in the hand of Árni Magnússon. It reads:
    "Vigaglums Saga. ur bok er eg feck af Jone Thorlakssyne, Syslumanni i Mula þinge"
  • There is a loose slip containing information about the restoration by Birgitte Dall.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the 17. century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 132).
According to the AM-slip, Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, from the sýslumaður Jón Þorláksson (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.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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