Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 218 b 4to
AM 218 b 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
17

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from 1771-1780. On the front cover, a simpler form of the title (``Juridicaqvædam auctor er Biörn a Skarðsá'') and the shelfmark, including the letter, are written in black ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark as well as the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material.
AM 218 b 4to CU1 (1690-1710, Iceland)
1. (1r-11r:13) Útlegging yfir fornyrði lögbókarinnar Björn Jónsson á Skarðsá Icelandic Wt legning jfer fornjrde laug bokarinnar Af Birne Jonssÿne a Skardz Aa Þÿngfarar Balkur. Cap. I. Enn walldz madur jtem ath dufla nidur. Finis Note: The last eight lines on fol. 11r and all of fol. 11v are crossed out. They contained the beginning of Hagabeitar dómur.
Codex
Paper
11197-205 mm x 160-165 mm
The watermark is a foolscap in a collar with four bells. The countermark consists of four(?) letters in a rounded frame. In the latter part of the manuscript, the watermark is difficlut to see due to the condition of the paper. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: letters
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 5: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • Fol. 7: letters
  • Fol. 8: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 9: ?
  • Fol. 10: foolscap (bottom)?
  • Fol. 11: ?

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-11).There is later pagination in blue pen in the lower outer corners of every recto-page. (1-21).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fol. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 9-11 (9, 10, 11) (3 singletons)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on almost every page.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably, especially fols. 1r, 8v-11r.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper and there are many stains.
  • The leaves are untrimmed (except for possibly the top edge) and the edges are even darker than the rest of the leaves.
The text is written in one column. 155-160 mm x 130-140 mm24-2712-14
Unknown Mixed Sole
Info: The scribe uses a hybrid script showing aspects of both chancery, hybrida and early kurrent script.
  • Initial: The first initial (Þ) spans 5 lines. It is decorated with additional lines and strokes and a face in the bowl. Other initials only span 1-2 lines and are decorated with short strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Frieze: There are small round tailpieces on fols. 1r and 11r that resemble the modern @-sign.
  • Paratext: Most catchwords are decorated with an angled line to the left and below the catchword.
  • There are many marginal additions and pen trials, some of them possibly by the scribe (e.g. fol. 2v), but most of them in various later hands.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 487).
Kålund suggests that Árni Magnússon may have received the codicological unit as part of a larger collection from Leirárgarðar (now AM 218 a-c 4to) (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488). However, it is clear that Árni's note (now found in AM 218 c 4to) does not apply to all of the texts. Instead, it may rather apply to AM 218 c 4to CU3, but it cannot be ruled out either that it refers to the present leaves.

Former Physical Context:
AM 218 b 4to CU2 (1675-1725, Iceland/Denmark)
2. (12r-12v) Bjarkeyjarréttur (excerpts) Icelandic [no rubric] Ef Islendingur verdur daudur 3. (13r-15r) Grágás (excerpts) Icelandic Grafugl Efdatal Cap b. Note: Fols. 15v-[17v] are blank.
Codex
Paper
6205 mm x 165 mm
The watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells. There is no countermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. [16]: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. [17]: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners of all but the last two leaves (12-15).There is later pagination in blue pen in the lower outer corners of every recto-page up to and includings fol. 15 (23-29).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 12-[17] (12+[17], 13+[16], 14+15) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are rather clean with only a few stains, but the ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • The fore-edge is untrimmed.
  • The leaves 15 and [16] have not been cut open at the top.
The text is written in one column. 160-165 mm x 130 mm24-259-11
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: This scribe wrote fols. 12r:1-12v:14.
Unknown Kurrent Major
Info: This scribe wrote fols. 13r:1-14v:12.
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Minor
Info: Árni wrote fols. 14v:13-15r:10.
  • Initial: There is a slightly decorated initial on fol. 12r (2 lines).
  • Paratext: The first rubric is emphasised by means of chancery script. The later rubrics are written in kurrent, but are slightly larger than the main text.
  • Árni Magnússon has added to the top of fol. 12r:
    "Þetta Citerar Biỏrn a Skardz a ur Birakeyiar Retti. i Glossario sinu ifer fornirdi Jonsbokar."
  • Árni Magnússon has made a textual addition in the margin of fol. 13v.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 487-488).
Kålund suggests that Árni Magnússon may have received the codicological unit as part of a larger collection from Leirárgarðar (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488). However, given his own part in the transcription activity, it is more likely that Árni Magnússon had the excerpts produced for himself.

Former Physical Context:
Last update: 2015.
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