Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 207 a fol.
AM 207 a fol. (1690-1697, Norway)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-11v) Hungurvaka Icelandic Hungr vaka Eirn litill bæklingr af fáum biscopum og þolinmæði v ohlyðna mennog ranglata. Endir Hungrvoku. 2. (12r-49v) Biskupaannálar Jón Egilsson Icelandic Biscopa annall Syra Ions Egilssonar Teitur het maðr er Skalholt bygþi Sa var sannorðr er hana sa.
Codex
Paper
i, 49314 mm x 200 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. A countermark is not visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms
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  • Fol. 49: coat of arms

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-49).
There are seven quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-30 (25+30, 26+29, 27+28) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 31-38 (31+38, 32+37, 33+36, 34+35) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 39-44 (39+44, 40+43, 41+42) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 45-49 (45, 46+49, 47+48) (1 singleton, 2 bifolia) Note: This quire used to have one more leaf in the end.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 8v and 16v.
  • The paper is in good condition.
  • The ink is slightly bleeding through the paper.
  • There are very few stains on the paper.
  • All edges, but mostly the top edge, have darkened.
  • There are two vertical folding lines marking the text area.
The text is written in one column. 275 mm x 140 mm33-3410-12Note: Verses were written separately.
Ásgeir Jónsson Chancery Sole
  • Frieze: At the end of the text on fol. 49v, there is a small tailpiece resembling an infinity sign with an additional bow.
  • Other: On the front and bottom edge, yellowish-brown and partly red colouring is visible.
  • There are many additions in the margins, some of them by the scribe, others by Torfæus.
  • Many words and sentences are underlined using reddish-brown crayon.

The manuscript is bound in a half binding with parchment on the spine and brown and yellow marbled paper on cardboard boards. Before, the boards were covered by reused parchment leaves from a Latin ecclesiastical manuscript (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 101). Those leaves were taken off under Kristian Kålund and replaced with the marbled paper. The reused parchment leaves are now stored in AM Access. 7 (Hs 65 and 67).

An AM-slip (195 mm x 162 mm) is attached onto the front flyleaf. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Hungrvaka.
Biskupa Annall Sira Jons Eigilssonar.
Epter Exemplari chartaceo parum accurate scripto.
Stod framan ä bokinni med hendi Asgeirs Jonssonar.
Ur Numero 12.
fra salugum Assessor Thormod Toruesens enke 1720."
The codicological unit was written in Norway, where Torfæus had it written by his scribe Ásgeir Jónsson at some point between 1690-1697 (Már Jónsson 2009, 285).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 from Torfæus's widow (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1:417).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms41.


Last update: 2015.
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