Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 365 fol.
AM 365 fol.
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 75, i300 mm x 187 mm
The watermark on the flyleaves and pastedown is a beehive "Van Gelder Zonen".


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 which were taken off and replaced with the marbled paper under Kristian Kålund (1911). The removed leaves are now part of AM Access. 7 (Hs 122).
AM 365 fol. CU1 (1701, Norway)
(Contemporary)
Den Wiit beromte i fordum dage Kongelige Residentzis oc endnu Hoij-Privilegierede Kiöb oc Handel Stad. Bergen udi Norge hendis I yderste maader som sker kunde Fuldkommeligste Beskrifvelsis eller Histories Förste part. [...] Af Afskillige Böger og Manuscripter med Aller störste flid sammen Sanset og Skræfuet af den som er föd i Bergen Edv: Edv: Norv: Berg: og endnu er Schol: Bergens: Conrector. Til Annum 1694 Af dend Boeg er effterskrefne udskriffuet Anno 1701.
1. (1v-50v) Descriptio urbis Bergensis (excerpts) 1.1. (1v-3r) Index over used books and manuscriptsDanish, LatinRegisterPaa hvit böger og skriffter hand til dettehans konglige Majestæts högbetroede Justitiæ Raad.Note: Fol. 1r contains a detailed title page.Fol. 3v is blank. 1.2. (4-50v) Edvard Edvardens Bergensbeskrivelse (excerpts)Danish, LatinOm de Lybskis privilegierTunsberg Anno 1278Aaen udi Sandvigen.
Codex
Paper
50
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. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 7: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 8: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 9: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 15: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 16: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 17: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 23: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 24: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 25: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 28: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 29: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 32: "blank"
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 36: "blank"
  • Fol. 37: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 38: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 39: "blank"
  • Fol. 40: "blank"
  • Fol. 41: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 42: "blank"
  • Fol. 43: "blank"
  • Fol. 44: "blank"
  • Fol. 45: "blank"
  • Fol. 46: "blank"
  • Fol. 47: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 48: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 49: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 50: grape watermark (upside up)

There is foliation in red ink by Kristian Kålund (1-50).
There are six quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-3 (1, 2+3) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium) Note: It is possible that fol. 1 and fol. 16 originally belonged together. The bifolium 2-3 was then inserted into the first thick quire (now quire I+II).
  • Quire II: fols. 4-16 (4+15, 5+14, 6+13, 7+12, 8+11, 9+10, 16) (6 bifolia, 1 singelton) Note: This quire may have belonged together with the current quire I, having fols. 1-16 as the outer bifolium.
  • Quire III: fols. 17-26 (17+26, 18+25, 19+24, 20+23, 21+22) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 27-34 (27+34, 28+33, 29+32, 30+31) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 35-42 (35+42, 36+41, 37+40, 38+39) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 43-50 (43+50, 44+49, 45+48, 46+47) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 16v, 34v and 42v.
  • The paper is rather light with a few stains.
  • The edges are slightly darker, but seem to have been trimmed.
  • Some of the fore-edges have been repaired in modern times using Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 245-255 mm x 115-125 mm26-467-10The written area is marked by means of a folding line.
Ásgeir Jónsson Kurrent Sole
Info: The Danish parts of the text were written in kurrent script. Parts in Latin were written in humanist cursiva.
  • Initial: The initials are only slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are not decorated.
  • Paratext: Most rubrics are written in a more decorative manner than the main text.
  • Frieze: There is a small tail-piece (shaped like an infinity sign with an additional loop) at the end of the text.
  • Border: In between some sections there is a horizontal line.
  • A contemporary hand has added references to page numbers (presumably from the exemplar) in the margins and at the beginnings of sections.
  • Behind this CU, two bifolia were added later on. All pages are blank except for later foliation in red ink by Kristian Kålund (51-54). The added leaves form one quire (VII: fols. 50-54 (50+54, 51+52) (2 bifolia)). The watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells and with three bells in the extension. Note: The same watermark is found in the front flyleaves of AM 199 fol. The details are: Fol. 51: foolscap, fol. 52: "blank", fol. 53: foolscap, fol. 54: "blank".
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Norway. According to the title page, it was finished in 1701 (fol. 1r).
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.


AM 365 fol. CU2 (1688-1704, Norway)
2. (55r-75v) Norske retterbøder Danish [no rubric] Disse Retteböter gaf Haagen Koning som tilbörligt er skrifvet i Köbenhafn Anno 1420. The text was copied from a manuscript, which a certain Monsr Johan Bruggers owned (see additions).
Codex
Paper
21
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. 55: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 56: "blank"
  • Fol. 57: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 58: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 59: "blank"
  • Fol. 60: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 61: "blank"
  • Fol. 62: "blank"
  • Fol. 63: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 64: "blank"
  • Fol. 65: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 66: "blank"
  • Fol. 67: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 68: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 69: grape watermark (upside up)
  • Fol. 70: "blank"
  • Fol. 71: "blank"
  • Fol. 72: "blank"
  • Fol. 73: grape watermark (upside down)
  • Fol. 74: "blank"
  • Fol. 75: grape watermark (upside up)

There is later foliation in red ink by Kristian Kålund (55-75).
There are two quires:
  • Quire VIII: fols. 55-64 (55+64, 56+63, 57+62, 58+61, 59+60) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 65-75 (65+74, 66+73, 67+72, 68+71, 69+70, 75) (5 bifolia, 1 singleton)
There are no quire signatures.There is a catchword on fol. 64v.
  • The paper is rather light with a few stains.
  • The edges are slightly darker, but seem to have been trimmed.
  • Some of the fore-edges have been repaired in modern times.
The text is written in one column. 250 mm x 120-130 mm33-367-11The written area is marked by means of a folding line.
Ásgeir Jónsson Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials are only slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are not decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of a section are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece (shaped like an infinity sign with an additional loop) at the end of the text.
  • In the margin of fol. 55r, Ásgeir Jónsson has written:
    "Af Monsr Johan Bruggers Gulethings Bogs paa pergament appendice chartaceo, udskrefuet"
    .
  • There are lines in reddish-brown colour in the margins.
  • A later hand has added crosses in pencil at the beginning of sections. On fol. 73v, the same hand has written
    "pag 160 NB"
    .
  • On fol. 69v, a date was added to the outer margin.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Norway. It was written ca. 1700.
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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