Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 341 fol.
AM 341 fol. (1640-1660, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-39v) Grágás Þingskapa þattur Note: Excerpts based on Konungsbók Grágásar, GKS 1157 fol.; the same text as in AM 339 fol.
ii, 40, i322 mm x 210 mm
There is a foolscap in a collar with five bells. The countermark mark is a small upside-down "P". Note: The same watermark is found in the first part of AM 113 d fol.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 2: countermark upside down
  • Fol. 3: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 4: countermark upside up
  • Fol. 5: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 6: countermark upside down
  • Fol. 7: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 8: countermark upside down
  • Fol. 9: foolscap upside up
  • Fol. 34: countermark mark upside up.
  • Fol. 35: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 36: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 37: foolscap upside down
  • Fol. 38: countermark upside down
  • Fol. 39: countermark upside down
On the second flyleaf, which is older than the binding, the countermark "HP" can be seen.

There is later foliation in red ink.
There are six quires:
  • Quire I: fols. [flyleaf 2]-9 ([flyleaf 2]+9, 1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (5 bifolia) Note: The outermost bifolium [flyleaf 2]+9 has been joined during restoration. The two leaves did not originally belong together.
  • Quire II: fols. 10-17 (10+17, 11+16, 12+15, 13+14) (4 bifolia) Note: According to the watermarks, this could be an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 18-25 (18+25, 19+24, 20+23, 21+22) (4 bifolia) Note: According to the watermarks, this could be an original quire.
  • Quire IV: fols. 26-33 (26+33, 27+32, 28+31, 29+30) (4 bifolia) Note: This quire is heavily repaired, but according to the watermarks, it could be an original quire.
  • Quire V: fols. 34-35 (34+35) (1 bifolium)Note: Fol. 34 and 35 do not belong together originally. Instead, they most likely formed the outer two bifolia of quire VI, of which the second half is lost.
  • Quire VI: fols. 36-39 (36+39, 37+38) (2 bifolia) Note: According to the watermarks, these leave belong together and may have formed the innermost 2 bifolia of a larger quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the last one.
  • In the margins and especially close to the spine, the manuscript shows damages from water.
  • Many leaves have been repaired at the spine.
  • There are wholes from bugs in the paper.
The text is written in one column. 260 mm x 155 mm38-4212-13Note: There are running titles.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: Kålund suggests that the manuscript may have been written by Hákon Ormsson (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 278).
  • Initial: The initials span 1-4 lines. They vary in degree of decoration.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and running titles are written in larger and more decorative chancery fractura script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated, sometimes with a simple angled line, sometimes with squiggles going all the way to the bottom of the page. Note: The same kind of squiggles occur in AM 108 fol. and AM 113 d fol.
  • On top of fol. 27r, a later hand has written something that may be read as
    "asa dingaþa"
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 26v, the name
    "Jon Halldors son"
    was added.
  • There are marks in pencil in the margins, e.g. on fol. 3r-4r.
  • There are variant readings in the margin of fol. 38v.
  • On the second front flyleaf, Árni Magnússon has written
    "Ur Grágás. ur bok er eg feck af Jonas Dadasyne"
  • The number "341", i.e. the shelfmark was added several times to the second front flyleaf.

The manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards and dark brown leather on the corners and the spine.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding which is kept together with the manuscript. On the front cover, the number
was written in ink and there are some calculations in a different ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number and a handwritten number "341". The pastedown is made from blank paper.

An AM-slip (164 mm x 107 mm) is located in front of the manuscript. It reads in the hand of Árni Magnússon:
"þetta hefi eg vïst fenged af Jonas Dadasyne, enn hann frä Vallaä."
On the verso-side of the slip,
"Af Saxonis"
can be read twice.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1650 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 278).
Árni Magnússon received the codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, from Jónas Daðason (see AM-slip).

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

Last update: 2015.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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