The current binding is from 1973
(212 mm x 195 mm x 6 mm). It is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding from
1771-1780. The pastedowns were made from
two different sheets of
printed material and there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number on the spine. That older
binding is stored in the same box as the manuscript.
There are two AM-slips and a loose slip:
- AM-slip a (164 mm x 104 mm) is located in front of the manuscript.
It reads, presumably in the hand of one of Árni Magnússon's scribes:
Árni Magnússon has added underneath:
"þingfararbalk Þorsteins Magnussonar,
, ä Sigurdur ä Feriu med sinn
bök j 4to.
Copie þar af hefur Monsieur Bryniolfur
A bök Sigurdar er þar fyrer utann
Skardzä og Bärdar Gislasonar."
"habeo bok Sigurdar."
- AM-slip b is a bifolium (196 mm x 160 mm) which is located in front of the manuscript.
has written on top of the recto-side of its second half:
"þetta hefi eg feinged fra
Leyrär gỏrdum."Note: Against Kålund's suggestion (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488), this note does not
belong to all parts of the present AM 218 a-c 4to. Instead, it may refer to
AM 218 c 4to CU3 or possibly AM 218 b 4to CU1.
A different, but roughly contemporaneous hand has written underneath in the middle of the page:
"Magister Bryniolfur um ymislegann medgỏngutima
kvenna Biorns ä Skardzä. og Halldors Þorbergssonar.
nocker Laga Discursar yfer ymser greiner
Lỏgbokar."This gives a rough table of contents for all of
AM 218 a-c 4to and agrees with the description given in
AM 456 fol. It may therefore have been added when the bifolium was enclosing all of
the otherwise unbound AM 218 a-c 4to.
- There is a loose slip with information about the restoration done
"AM 218 c, 4 to er restaureret og indbundet af B. Dall august 1973".
The text is written in one column. 185 mm x 155 mm27-2812-15
2202 mm x 170 mmThere is later foliation in purple in the bottom margins (2-3).
The watermark is probably a countermark of some kind (1 or 2 letters visible).
There is one bifolium:
There are no quire signatures.There is a pseudo-catchwords on fol. 2r.
- Quire I: fols. 2-3 (2+3) (1 bifolium)
- The leaves have darkened and are dirty, especially
fols. 2r and 4v.
- The edges are untrimmed and darker than the rest of the pages.
- The leaves have been folded into quarters. The folding lines form a symmetrical cross and are particularly visible
on fol. 4v, which was presumably at the outside of the folded leaves.
Info: This is presumably an autograph. The script is an early form of kurrent, showing
some aspects of hybrida script, e.g. the letter "e" is both written as a kurrent "e" and as a hybrida/chancery "e".
- Initial: The first letter is written larger, but not otherwise decorated.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland and is presumably an autograph (see also handrit.is).
Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488), but based on the lifetime of the scribe,
the period can be narrowed down to the second half of the seventeenth century or early eighteenth century.
Kålund suggests that Árni Magnússon
received the codicological unit as part of a larger collection from Leirárgarðar (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488). However, Árni
's note may rather apply to AM 218 c 4to CU3 only,
since this part and the previous CU carry a separate note in the hand of
and there is no
obvious connection between Halldór Þorbergsson
It is thus unsure, when or how Árni Magnússon
came into the possession of this leaf, but may as well have received it from the author together with the first leaf (see above).
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland.
Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 488), but it cannot have been written
before 1642 (see msContents).
If Árni Magnússon
's note indeed applies to this part then
he received the leaves from Leirárgarðar in Borgarfjarðarsýsla.
The original manuscript may have been already dismembered.