Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 351 4to
AM 351 4to (1690-1710, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-22v) Magnús saga Eyjajarls Icelandic Sagann af hinum Heilaga Magnuse Eya Jalle Formaalen Lof og dyrd heidur og æra Werdleik a Elskelegustu astivina. Note: The colophon on fol. 22v is crossed out.
i, 22, i212 mm x 165 mm
The watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells (except for fols. 19-20). The countermark consists of three letters ("IDM"?). The details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: letters
  • Fol. 5: letters
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • fol. 7: foolscap (top)
  • fol. 8: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 9: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 10: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 11: letters
  • Fol. 12: letters
  • Fol. 13: letters
  • Fol. 14: letters
  • fol. 15: foolscap (top)
  • fol. 16: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 17: letters
  • Fol. 18: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 19: large round watermark (unclear)
  • Fol. 20: large round watermark (unclear)
  • Fol. 21: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 22: letters

There is later foliation in fading red ink in the top right-hand corners (1-22).Modern foliation in pencil in the bottom margin was added to replace the red foliation.
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13 (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 17-22 (17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (3 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on all verso-pages except for fol. 22v.
  • The leaves are relatively clean, except for the first and the last page, which are stained.
  • The edges are not trimmed and are darker than the rest of the leaves.
  • Some bifolia were repaired close to the spine.
The text is written in one column. 195 mm x 150 mm26-2810-12
Jón Gíslason Kurrent Sole
Info: (see (Kålund 1909, 76))
  • Initial: The first initial is written considerably larger than the rest of the text (4 lines) and is decorated with additional strokes. Other initials span 1-2 lines and are emphasised by means of additional loops and curls.
  • Paratext: The rubric is written in a decorative humanist cursiva script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with squiggles. Similar decoration is found on the opposite side (in the outer bottom corner of the recto-pages), even though there is no catchword.
  • After the text was written, some parts were underlined and marked with "NB" in the margins. Based on the ink used, this could at least in part be done by the scribe himself.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. It was made in 1982 under Birgitte Dall.
An older binding is included in the same box. It is a half binding with parchment on the spine and brown marbled paper on the boards. Previously, there were reused parchment leaves on the boards, but they were taken off during Kålund's time, i.e. ca. 1880-1919, and are now part of AM Access. 7 b (Hs 61).
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 583).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Torfæus's widow in 1720 as can be seen from the AM-slips in AM 521 a 4to and AM 403 4to (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1: 417). According to his own statement, Torfæus had previously obtained all three parts from Árni (Kålund 1909, 76).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms54.

Last update: 2015.
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