Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 181 i fol.
AM 181 i fol. (1660-1680, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1v-8r) Ála flekks saga Icelandic Sagann af Alafleck Note: Fol. 1r is blank except for the title, which has been added by Árni Magnússon. On fol. 7v, the beginning of Víglundar saga og Ketilríðar is crossed out. The rest of the saga is found in AM 163 m fol.
i, 7302 mm x 192 mm
There are two different watermarks in the original part.
The first three leaves show a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark.
The last three show a coat of arms with an heraldic eagle (see also AM 164 b fol.) and a counterpart without any countermark or chain-lines.
The details are:
  • Fol. 2: crown, upside up (chain-lines every 25 mm)
  • Fol. 3: crown, upside up (chain-lines every 25 mm)
  • Fol. 4: crown, upside up (chain-lines every 25 mm)
  • Fol. 5: "blank" (no chain-lines)
  • Fol. 6: "blank" (no chain-lines)
  • Fol. 7: heraldic eagle, upside down
On the added front flyleaf and fol. 1 , there is a circular coat of arms with a lion inside. The countermark reads "PH".

There is contemporary foliation in ink in the top outer corner of fol. 2r (351), but not on the subsequent leaves.There is later foliation in red ink in the top margins (1-7).
There is one quire.
  • Quire I: fols. 1-7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (7 singletons) Note: All leaves were cut off a few mm away from the spine. Only the last six leaves are original, since fol. 1 is a later addition (together with the front flyleaf). The first three original leaves (fol. 2-4) used to form a quire together with the last three leaves in AM 297 b 4to. The last three leaves possibly formed a quire with the first original leaves in AM 163 m fol.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • All original leaves have been repaired at the spine.
  • The leaves are rather dark and show many stains (partially from liquid), especially in the lower half.
  • The fore-edge is damaged, though without loss of text.
The text is written in one column. 275 mm x 165 mm39-409-12Note: The margins are ruled in ink on both sides.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The scribe used a small hybrida script for the first lines of chapters and fractura for rubrics.
  • Initial: The initials in the original part span slightly more than one line. They are emphasised by means of bold strokes and at times slight decoration. On the added fol. 1v, the major initial spans ca. 3 lines and is decorated by means of additional loops and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of chapters (except for the first) are written in chancery script and are slightly decorated.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line with a little hook on top.
  • Árni Magnússon had two leaves added to the manuscript which are now both located in front but presumably used to surround the original leaves like a jacket. The first leaf (now counted as front flyleaf) is blank. The second leaf (fol. 1) contains a transcription of the beginning of the text on its verso-side (fol. 1v). The text is written by Þórður Þórðarson on behalf of Árni Magnússon. On the recto-side (fol. 1r), Árni Magnússon has added
  • The text on fol. 7v is crossed out with five diagonal strokes in each direction spread out over the whole page. The rubric is crossed out with an additional horizontal line.

The binding is a plain grey cardboard binding from ca. 1771-1780, the period of the librarian Jens Jacob Weber. The title and shelfmark are written onto the front cover and there are two stickers on the spine. The pastedown is made from printed material.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1670 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 153).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which the codicological unit was a part, from Jón Þorláksson, sýslumaður in Múlasýsla (cf. AM-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.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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