Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 363 4to
AM 363 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
24196 mm x 158 mm

The current binding (202 mm x 162 mm x 70 mm) is a plain cardboard binding without anything written on the front cover. The pastedown is made out of plain light blue paper.
AM 363 4to CU1 (1690-1710, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (1r-6v) Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra Icelandic Copy of AM 169 d fol., a manuscript written by séra Jón Erlendsson í Villingaholti (see Árna Magnússon's comment on 1r). Note: Fols. 7-8 are blank; fol. 6v is mostly blank.
Codex
Paper
8
The watermark is difficult to see due to the ink bleeding through the paper. It is a larger round watermark with a double edge containing letters. In the center, there is a figure. There is no countermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: round watermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 4: round watermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 5: round watermark (larger part)
  • Fol. 6: round watermark (larger part)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: "blank"

There is later foliation in red ink the top right-hand corners (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are rather long catchwords on every page.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • Fols. 1r and 8v are slightly darker than the other pages.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 140 mm26-278-12
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: Same scribe as in AM 363 4to CU3.
  • Initial: The first initial spans ca. 4 lines.
  • Paratext: The rubric, and first and last line of the text are written in a more upright, chancery-like style.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with circles and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Frieze: There is a little squiggle at the end of the text.
  • Árni Magnússon has written in the top right-hand corner of fol. 1r:
    "efter hende Sera Jons i Villingaholti"
    .
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in ca. 1700, presumably in Iceland or Denmark (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 587).
Árni Magnússon received the leaves from a certain Björn (see note on fol. 1r of AM 363 4to CU3).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms66.


AM 363 4to CU2 (1690-1710, Denmark)
1. (9r-14r) Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra Icelandic Sǫguþättur af Illuga Grïdarföstra Þad er upphaff þessarrar sǫgu og lïkur hier sǫgu Illuga Grïdarföstra Note: On fol. 14v, the beginning of a Latin translation of the saga is crossed out.
Codex
Paper
6
The watermark is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark is not visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 9: bottom
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: bottom
  • Fol. 12: top
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: top

There is older pagination in the top corners (545-556). There is later foliation in red ink in the top right-hand corners (9-14).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 9-14 (9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (3 bifolia)
There is a quire signature on fol. 9r (Nn).There are no catchwords.
  • Some edges have slightly darkened.
  • The ink is partially bleeding through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 135 mm25-268-13
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initials are written slightly larger (but still not exceeding 1 line) and are bolder than the other letters.
  • Border: At the end of the text, there are two horizontal lines.
  • Chapter numbers are added in the margins, presumably be Árni Magnússon.
  • There are variants in the margins of fols. 1r and 1v and an addition on fol. 14r, added later by Árni Magnússon.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 587).
Before Árni Magnússon owned the larger codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, it was probably in the possession of Thomas Bartholin.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms83.


AM 363 4to CU3 (1690-1710, Iceland)
1. (15r-24r) Gautreks saga Old Norse-Icelandic Søguþättur Af Giafa Ref og Dala Fÿflumm Gaute hefur kongur heited Og endar hier nu þätt Giaffa Reffs og Dalafÿffla Note: Fol. 10v is blank.
Codex
Paper
10
The watermark is difficult to see due to the ink bleeding through the paper. It is a larger round watermark with a double edge containing letters. In the center, there is a figure. There is no countermark. Note: The same watermark occurs in AM 363 4to CU1. The details are:
  • Fol. 15: round watermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: round watermark (smaller part)
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: round watermark (larger part)
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: round watermark (larger part)

There is later foliation in pencil: 15-24.
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 15-24 (15+24, 16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (5 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • There are a few stains throughout the manuscript.
  • Fols. 15r and 24v are darker than the other pages.
The text is written in one column. 175 mm x 140 mm23-268-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe as in AM 363 4to CU1.
  • Initial: The first initial is larger (ca. 3 lines) and decorated by means of multiple lines and squiggles. Other initials are smaller but decorated in a similar manner.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of each paragraph are written in decorative chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords (or the bottom left-hand corner where there are no catchwords) are decorated with circles and squiggles.
  • Frieze: There is a simple tailpiece on fol. 24r
  • Paratext: The end of the text is slightly written in the shape of half a diamond.
Low
  • In the top right-hand corner of fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has written:
    "frä [...] Birni"
    .
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was possibly written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 587).
According to the note on fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon received the leaves from a certain Björn.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms66.


Last update: 2014.
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