Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 218 fol.
AM 218 fol. (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-27v) Árna saga biskups Icelandic Sagann af af Arna biskupe Þorla syne Note: Same text as in AM 217 a fol. (including item 2). 2. (27v-27v) Lausavísur Jón Arason í Vatnsfirði Icelandic Note: Three verses about bishop Árni, composed in 1650.
i, 27, i322 mm x 204 mm
The watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
Note: The paper is thicker and the watermark is smaller than in AM 113 d fol. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 13: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 14: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 15: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 16: foolscap side down
  • Fol. 17: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 18: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: "blank"
  • Fol. 25: "blank"
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-27).
There are six quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired but may have been original bifolia. Moreover, this quire used to have a fourth bifolium, of which fol. 7 was a part. The original first leaf of this quire seems to be missing.
  • Quire II: fols. 7-8 (7+8) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves were joined during restoration. Fol. 7 used to be part of the outer most bifolium in quire I; fol. 8 belonged together with fol. 15, forming the outer most bifolium of the following quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 9-14 (9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (3 bifolia) Note: This quire used to contain a fourth bifolium: 7+15.
  • Quire IV: fols. 15-16 (15+16) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves were joined during restoration. Fol. 15 used to form the outer most bifolium of the previous quire together with fol. 8. Fol. 16 belonged together with fol. 23, forming the outer most bifolium of the following quire.
  • Quire V: fols. 17-23 (17+22, 18+21, 19+20, 23) (3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 23 used to form a bifolium with fol. 16 of the previous quire.
  • Quire Vi: fols. 24-27 (24+27, 25+26) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves are repaired at the spine. They used to form a quire together with the first four leaves of AM 108 fol.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords in kurrent script on every page but the last one.
  • The manuscript is in a poor condition.
  • There is extensive damage from water throughout the manuscript and cutting on several pages.
  • Most leaves have been heavily repaired around the edges and at the spine.
  • The margins of fol. 1 used to be pasted over with paper straps. On top of fol. 1r, the straps used to cover the rubric. As a replacement, Árni Magnússon has written the title
    "Sagan af Arna byskupe Þorlakssyne."
    onto the strap. All paper straps are now taken off leaving traces of old glue in the margins. The strap with the added rubric was kept and is now included in the front of the manuscript, counted as AM-slip 1 (see accMat).
  • The ink bleeds through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 240 mm x 150 mm48-5217-19Note: Very tidy and narrow layout.
Unknown Chancery Sole
Info: There are certain similarities with the hand in AM 113 d fol. even if the layout and script in that manuscript are much larger and not as tidy.
  • Initial: Initials span ca. 2-3 lines and are slightly decorated by means of additional curls and loops.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are written in larger letters than the main text.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line, sometimes with a loop to the left. Note: The angle is the same as in AM 341 fol. et al..
  • Frieze: There are small tail-pieces at the end of some paragraphs. The most common one looks like a double "z" and a loop.
  • There are a few additions in the margins, some by the scribe, some being later.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1976. It was made if Copenhagen prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
An older binding is kept with the manuscript. It is from ca. 1771-1780, the time of Jens Jacob Weber. The binding is made out of grey cardboard with several layers of printed material as pastedown. On the front cover, the title and shelfmark were written in dark blank ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running title.

There are two AM-slips in the hand of Árni Magnússon in the front of the manuscript:
  • AM-slip 1 (30 mm x 198 mm):
    "Sagan af Arna byskupe Þorlakssyne."
  • AM-slip 2 (47 mm x 167 mm):
    "Arna Biskups saga Þorlakssonar, feingen af Jone Dadasyne."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 176).
Árni Magnússon received the larger codex, of which the codicological unit was a part, from Jón Daðason (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms94.

Last update: 2015.
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