Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 192 fol.
AM 192 fol. (1625-1672, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-35r) Hervarar saga og Heiðreks (defective) Note: Fols. 4v and 35v are blank. 1.1. (1r:1-4r:12) Hervarar þátturIcelandicHervarar þättur hinn gamle finnst so skrifadur sem hier epter fylger.Svo finnst ritad j fornum bökumm ad Jothunheimar voru kallader nordur vmm Gandvyk, Ends: þa streingdu heit Arngrymssyner. etc. 1.2. (5r:1-35r:16) Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks konungsIcelandicSøgu þattur af Heidreke Könge og Hanns ættmonnummSigurlame hiet kongur er ried fyrer Gardarijke. Hanns dotter var Eyfura Philippus atte Jnge gerde dottur Haralldz kongs Sigurdssonar; var hann skamma stunnd köngur. Note: Also containing Björn Jónsson of Skarðsá's commentary on the Heiðreks-riddles.
iii, 35, iii303 mm x 197 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 is found in the main text block of e.g. AM 1 a fol. and AM 9 fol.
The later added flyleaves show a coat of arms of Amsterdam with the text "TMK 1716" underneath. Note: The same material is used for the flyleaves and binding in AM 15 fol.

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-35). Some of the numbers have been repeated by at different hand.
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-10 (1+10, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 11-20 (11+20, 12+19, 13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 21-30 (21+30, 22+29, 23+28, 24+27, 25+26) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 31-35 (31, 32, 33, 34, 35) (5 singletons)
There are no quire signatures.Catchwords are found on fols 10v, 20v and 30v, which coincide with the quire boundaries.
  • There are stains of dirt and liquid. Especially the outer margins and the fore-edges are discoloured.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
The text is written in one to two columns. Note: Fols. 19v:8-27v were written in two columns, with Heiðreks gátur in the left and Björn Jónsson's commentary in the right column.240 mm x 135 mm23-258-12There are running titles
Jón Erlendsson Chancery Sole
Info: The same script is found in e.g. AM 1 a fol. and AM 9 fol.
  • Initial: Space has been left for large initials (2-3 lines). Subsections have smaller initials (1-2 lines) that are written at the same time as the text; some of them are at times decorated with floral ornaments.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written as a block (not diamond shape).
  • There are marginal notes, most of them by the scribe, some of them later. One especially long note is found in the outer margin of fol. 19r, where the leaf is not trimmed and folded in instead.

The manuscript is bound in a full binding made of parchment on cardboard from Árni Magnússon's time. There are parchment strips laced through the spine fold. The pastedown is made from the same material as the flyleaves, which can be dated to 1716 (see watermark). On the front cover and spine, two different hands have written the number
in black ink. Also on the front cover, some numbers are noted in brown ink:
"1.-1-15. 2.-16-29. 3.-31-50. 4.-51-80. 5-81-101."
During later restoration, some slips that used to support the sewing where taken out. They are now stored in the box with the manuscript. Moreover, the blue shelfmark sticker from the spine was taken off.

An AM-slip (210 mm x 140 mm) attached to the inside of the front cover. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Heidreks Saga med Hervarar þætte."
One of his scribes has added underneath:
"med hendi Sr Jons i Villingahollte. lied mier af Jone Þorlackssyne 1709, og sidann selld 1710. Var tilforna i innbundinni bok."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 159), but the active writing period of the scribe was ca. 1625-1672.
According to the accompanying AM-slip, Árni Magnússon borrowed the manuscript from Jón Þorláksson in 1709 and then purchased it from him in the following year. The present codicological unit was then part of a larger codex, which Árni Magnússon took apart.

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

Last update: 2015.
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