Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 188 fol.
AM 188 fol. (1685-1700, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-11v) Mágus saga jarls Icelandic Hier byriast Magus Jalls Saga Note: The lower half of fol. 11v is blank.
11326 mm x 205 mm
The watermark is a flourished coat of arms with a fish and the letters "S" and "O" inside. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 144 fol.

There is contemporary pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (147-168).There is later foliation in red ink in the left half of the top margins (1-11).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 9-11 (9, 10+11) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves show different stains and discoloration, especially close to the edges.
  • The bottom edge is untrimmed.
  • Some leaves have been repaired close to the spine.
  • The bottom outer corner of the last leaf (fol. 11) is missing. It got stuck to the inside of the back cover of the binding (were it can still be seen) and was torn off.
The text is written in one column. 250-260 mm x 145 mm52-5515-20Note: On fol. 8r, the written surface is 295 mm x 150 mm.
Unknown Chancery Major
Info: fols. 1r-7v:51 and 9r-11v were written in one hand in chancery script. Catchwords were written in kurrent script.
Unknown Mixed Major
Info: fols. 7v:51-8v was written in an other hand which switches in between fractura and kurrent.
  • Initial: The initials span 2-8 lines and are ornamented intricately using additional strokes and different kinds of flourishing.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are written in larger and very decorative letters (imitating textualis script).
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with squiggles underneath that end in a loop, at times with a hook to the right.
  • In the top left-hand corner of fol. 9r, there is a hash tag-like mark, which could be a reference, but no addition was found.
  • Some words (mostly names and places) are underlined and marked in pencil.
  • On fol. 4r, there is a note in the right margin (in pencil), possibly written by Kr. Kålund:
    "NB. vantar stuttan cap. eptir 580 β, 4to á 4to bl. ofantil. 23/11 99."

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from Jens Jakob Weber's time (i.e. 1771-1780). On the front cover,
"No 188. Magus Jarls Saga"
was written in ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown contains printed material in multiple layers. The layout of this material looks similar to PF Suhm's "Om Odin" (1771) but is a different text.
There is an AM-slip (45 mm x 180 mm) that is attached to the recto-side of the front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on its recto-side:
"Magus Saga ur bok i grænu bande, er eg feck af Sr Jone Torfasyne a Breidabolstad"
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century, while it is dated to ca. 1685-1700 on handrit.is.
According to the AM-slip, these 11 leaves were in a book with a green binding that Árni Magnússon received from the pastor Jón Torfason in Breiðabólstaður.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms72.

Last update: 2015.
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