Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 169 d fol.
AM 169 d fol. (1625-1672, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-7v) Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra Icelandic Søgu þättur af Jlluga Grydar föstra Note: Most of fol. 7v and all of fol. 8 were originally blank.
i, 8, i301 mm x 192 mm
The watermark consists of two round towers. They are connected by an archway without portcullis but with a pointed gable. There is a pointy line underneath. The countermark consists of the letters "HP" written together.
Note: The same watermark occurs e.g. in AM 9 fol., AM 192 fol. and AM 202 b fol. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 2: countermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 3: castle (upside up)
  • Fol. 4: castle (upside up)
  • Fol. 5: countermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 6: countermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 7: castle (upside down)
  • Fol. 8: castle (upside down)
The AM-slip shows a coat of arms watermark, in which the lions are smaller than the coat of arms and there is a large crown on top.

There is later foliation in pencil in the lower margins (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: The two outer bifolia have been repaired. However, the watermarks and the dirt suggest that they originally belonged together and the eight leaves formed one quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • There are many stains, especially in the margins.
  • There are some repairs close to the spine using Japanese paper.
  • Fols. 1r and 8v are especially dirty and darker than the other leaves, pointing at their position at original quire boundaries.
The text is written in one column. 230 mm x 120 mm23-247-10Note: There are running titles in the hand of the scribe.
Jón Erlendsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left for major initials (ca. 3 lines). Other initials are written by the scribe. They span 1-2 lines and are decorated by means of additional strokes and at times floral ornamentation.
  • Paratext: The first lines of chapters and sections are slightly enlarged, but are written in the same script type.
  • Paratext: At the end of the text, there is a squiggle (which looks like a combination of "z" and the "rum-abbreviation").
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written as a block (not as a half diamond).
  • On the AM-slip, a later conservator has added a note on the previous location of the leaves:
    "Udtaget af AM 169, C. fol mellem bl. 338 og 364."
    These numbers must refer to the old foliation extent in AM 169 c fol.
  • One or two different hands have written on fol. 8v. On top of the leaf, the decorated letters
    indicate that someone practiced to write the title of Örvar-Odds saga. Below, the word
    can be read and there are some more fainted pen trials.
  • On fol. 7v, a later hand tried to imitate the squiggle.

The manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. This binding was made in Copenhagen in 1982 prior to the manuscript coming to Iceland. Before, the manuscript was bound in a dark half binding from Kålund's time with marbled paper on the boards.
  • An AM-slip (301 mm x 193 mm) is bound in front of the manuscript. It reads in the hand of Árni Magnússon:
    "Þattur af Illuga gridarfostra."
  • One of his scribes, Styr Þorvaldsson (handrit.is: AM 202 b fol.), has added onto the same slip:
    "med hendi Siera Jons i Villinga hollte. liedur mier af Jone Þorlakssÿne 1709. og sidann selldur 1710. Var tilforna i innbundinni bok."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 108), but the active writing period of the scribe was ca. 1625-1672.
Árni Magnússon borrowed the whole manuscript, of which this was a part, from Jón Þorláksson in 1709 and bought it from him in 1710 (see AM-slip). Subsequently, he took the book apart and rearranged the pieces.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms92.

Last update: 2016.
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