Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 224 fol.
AM 224 fol. (1690-1697, Norway)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-139v) Thómas saga erkibiskups Icelandic Saga Thomæ Erkibiskups Liost er orþit af anda um eylifra allder allda Amen Note: Fols. 100v-103r are left blank in order to mark a lacuna. There are six blank leaves at the end of the manuscript.
Codex
Paper
iii, 145, iii315 mm x 200 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam with the letters "AJ" underneath. The countermark shows two letters "PR" and sometimes the letters "PL" written together. The details are:
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The watermark on the flyleaves (and pastedowns) is a different coat of arms of Amsterdam (without letters) and without countermark.

There is later foliation in grey ink in the top right-hand corners (1-139).There is later pagination in pencil in the top right-hand corners of the first half of the manuscript (1-151).
There are eighteen 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. 25-32 (25+32, 26+31, 27+30, 28+29) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 33-40 (33+40, 34+39, 35+38, 36+37) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 41-48 (41+48, 42+47, 43+46, 44+45) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 49-56 (49+56, 50+55, 51+54, 52+53) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 57-64 (57+64, 58+63, 59+62, 60+61) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 65-72 (65+72, 66+71, 67+70, 68+69) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire X: fols. 73-80 (73+80, 74+79, 75+78, 76+79 (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 81-88 (81+88, 82+87, 83+86, 84+85) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XII: fols. 89-96 (89+96, 90+95, 91+94, 92+93) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XIII: fols. 97-104 (97+104, 98+103, 99+102, 100+101) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XIV: fols. 105-112 (105+112, 106+111, 107+110, 108+109) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XV: fols. 113-120 (113+120, 114+119, 115+118, 116+117) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XVI: fols. 121-128 (121+128, 122+127, 123+126, 124+125) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XVII: fols. 129-137 (129+136, 130+135, 131+134, 132+133, 137) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton)
  • Quire XVIII: fols. 138-[145] (138+[145], 139+[144], [140]+[143], [141]+[142]) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every eighth leaf, i.e. fols. 8v, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v etc. until 136v.
  • The leaves are in good condition and hardly dirty. Only around the edges is there a slight discolouration.
  • The pages at quire boundaries are somewhat darker.
The text is written in one column. 270 mm x 145-150 mm32-337-12Note: The inner and outer margins are marked by means of folding the paper.
Ásgeir Jónsson Chancery Sole
  • Initial: The first initial spans ca. 3 lines and is decorated with additional lines on the ascender.
  • Initial: Most initials are written larger (1-2 lines) and are slightly decorated by means of loops and curls.
  • Frieze: There is a medium large tail-piece on fol. 139v resembling an infinity sign with an additional loop.
  • Other: On the edges there is bright red colouring.
  • There are very few later additions in the margins (e.g. on fol. 4r). Some of them are variant readings (e.g. fols. 31r and 33r).

The binding is a full binding of light parchment from Árni Magnússon's time, ca. 1700-1730. Parchment strips are laced through the spine fold and there are traces of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number on the spine, which were removed during conservation. They are now kept separately in the box of AM 224 fol.Árni Magnússon has written the title of the saga
"Thomas saga Erkibikups"
onto the spine using brown ink. On the inside of the binding there is possibly an old sea chart. The pastedowns are made from two different kinds of blank paper. Note: The parchment was reused from a slightly thicker and narrower binding as can be seen from traces on the back cover.

An AM-slip (157 mm x 112 mm) is attached in front of the manuscript. One of Árni Magnússon's scribes has written on it:
"Fra Sal. Assessor Thormod Toruesens Enke 1720."
And Árni Magnússon has added:
"Num. 1"
. A modern hand has added the number
"XII"
underneath using pencil in order to indicate that the CU used to be part of Torfæus' "Num. XII", not "Num. I" ( Kålund 1909, p. 70.). The AM-slip shows a now horizontal folding line, on which seven stitching holes are visible in pairs.
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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