Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 199 fol.
AM 199 fol. (1688-1704, Norway)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
(Contemporary)
Chronografia
Det er En kort Beskriffuelse, om alle de Konger Hertuger Grefuer og Adel, Borgmester og Raad Bisper og Provister etc. Som hafve regerit i Sverrigs rige ind til Kong Johans tid hvilchen nu er en Herre der ofver der[!] mand Skref Anno Christi 1586. den 7 Martii.
Proverb 28 Propter peccata terræ multi Principes ejus
1. (1br-125v) Svenska Krönikan Olaus Petri Swedish with strong Danish influence and spelling Gud som alting hafuer skaft menniskerne til goede Ends: i den acht at de motte hafue Note: The texts starts with the following message: Alle dennem som denne Chronika lesende eller hörende vorde önsker jeg Olaus Petri predickere i Stockholm Sänderis kundskab The chronicle stops in the middle of year 1508.
Codex
Paper
ii, 126, i303 mm x 190 mm
There is a medium large grape watermark. In the centre there are three lines of framed text decorated with a pillar on each side. On top of the pillars and in the middle above the text there are formations of grapes. The letters in the centre possibly read "R(or K?)/LENA(?)/BNE(?)". There is no countermark.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1a: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 1b: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
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  • Fol. 12: grape watermark (upside down)
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  • Fol. 18: "blank"
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  • Fol. 25: grape watermark (upside up)
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  • Fol. 58: "blank"
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  • Fol. 87: "blank"
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  • Fol. 96: grape watermark (upside up)
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  • Fol. 100: "blank"
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  • Fol. 118: grape watermark (upside up)
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  • Fol. 122: "blank"
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The watermark on the front flyleaves is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells and with three bells in the extension. Note: The same watermark is found in AM 365 fol.

There is later foliation in red ink in the top right-hand corners by Kristian Kålund (1-125).
There are eleven quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1a-11 (1a+11, 1b+10, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 12-23 (12+23, 13+22, 14+21, 15+20, 16+19, 17+18) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 24-35 (24+35, 25+34, 26+33, 27+32, 28+31, 29+30 (6 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 36-47 (36+47, 37+46, 38+45, 39+44, 40+43, 41+42) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 48-59 (48+59, 49+58, 50+57, 51+56, 52+55, 53+54) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 60-71 (60+71, 61+70, 62+69, 63+68, 64+67, 65+66) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 72-83 (72+83, 73+82, 74+81, 75+80, 76+79, 77+78) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 84-95 (84+95, 85+94, 86+93, 87+92, 88+91, 89+90) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 96-107 (96+107, 97+106, 98+105, 99+104, 100+103, 101+102) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire X: fols. 108-117 (108+117, 109+116, 110+115, 111+114, 112+113) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 118-125 (118, 119+124, 120+123, 121+122, 125) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fols. 118 and 125 originally belonged together.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords at the end of each quire, i.e. fols. 11v, 23v, 35v, 47v, 59v, 71v, 83v, 95v, 107v and 117v, but not on fol. 125v, since the text ends on top of the page.
  • The fore-edge of the leaves is untrimmed.
  • There are a couple of stains on the paper, mostly in the margins. The paper has been cleaned.
  • The ink bleeds through the paper.
  • The manuscript has suffered some damage (mostly on the lower part) due to moisture and fungus.
The text is written in one column. 245-250 mm x 125-130 mm33-388-10
Ásgeir Jónsson Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials are written slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are partly flourished.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of a section are written larger than the main text and are emphasised by means of a different script type (chancery).
  • Other: There is red and blue colouring on the top and bottom edges.
  • There are marginal notes in Torfæus's hand.
  • There are reddish-brown underlinings in the text.

The current binding is a half binding with parchment from Árni Magnússon's time on the spine (ca. 1700-1730) and yellowish-brown marbled paper on the boards. The boards were formerly covered with reused parchment leaves from an antiphonary which were taken off and replaced with the marbled paper (ca. 1911-1913). The removed leaves are now part of AM Access. 7 (Hs 40).

An AM-slip (130 mm x 105 mm) is attached to the verso-side of the first front flyleaf of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Fra Sal. Assessor Thormod Torfasons Enke 1720."
The codicological unit was probably written in Norway. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 163).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 from Torfæus's widow (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1:417). Thormodus Torfæus probably commissioned the manuscript, since it was written by his scribe Ásgeir Jónsson.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms51.


Last update: 2015.
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Den Arnamagnæanske Samling
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