Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 403 4to
AM 403 4to (1651-1700, Iceland/Denmark)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (2r-40v) Lárentíus saga biskups Icelandic Her byriar Søgu af Laurentio Hola Biskupe
i, 40, i210 mm x 162 mm
The watermark is a large standing lion in a crowned double circle. Inside the double line, there are flowers. The countermark consists of the letters "HH". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: crown
  • Fol. 2: crown
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: letters
  • Fol. 5: letters
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • Fol. 7: lion
  • Fol. 8: lion
  • Fol. 9: crown
  • Fol. 10: crown
  • Fol. 11: letters
  • Fol. 12: letters
  • Fol. 13: letters
  • Fol. 14: letters
  • Fol. 15: lion
  • Fol. 16: lion
  • Fol. 17: letters
  • Fol. 18: crown
  • Fol. 19: letters
  • Fol. 20: crown
  • Fol. 21: lion
  • Fol. 22: letters
  • Fol. 23: lion
  • Fol. 24: letters
  • Fol. 25: lion
  • Fol. 26: letters
  • Fol. 27: lion
  • Fol. 28: letters
  • Fol. 29: letters
  • Fol. 30: crown
  • Fol. 31: letters
  • Fol. 32: crown
  • Fol. 33: letters
  • Fol. 34: letters
  • Fol. 35: crown
  • Fol. 36: crown
  • Fol. 37: lion
  • Fol. 38: lion
  • Fol. 39: letters
  • Fol. 40: letters
The AM-slip bears the same watermark as the text block of the manuscript (showing the lower part with the lion), but the paper appears to be somewhat thinner.

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (1-40).In the top outer corners there are also remnants of later foliation in red ink (1-40).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-32 (25+32, 26+31, 27+30, 28+29) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 33-40 (33+40, 34+39, 35+38, 36+37) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every verso-page.
  • The edges are untrimmed.
  • Most leaves appear relatively clean. There are dark ink stains on a few pages, e.g. on fols. 19r-21v.
  • The edges are somewhat darker than the rest of the leaves.
  • Fols. 1r and 40v (as well as other pages at quire boundaries) appear slightly darker than the other pages.
  • Many leaves have been repaired at the spine.
The text is written in one column. 185-190 mm x 135 mm27-3110-15Note: Dry ruling is visible in the outer margin of some leaves.
Jón Gíslason Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: Space has been left blank for initials (2-3 lines).
  • Paratext: The rubrics are emphasised by means of size and the usage of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords (and the facing recto-page of the leaves) are decorated with a flourished diagonal line.
  • Torfæus has written dates in the margins.
  • Árni Magnússon has made corrections to the text and has added a few comments in the margins.
  • On fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has written:
    "Exscriptum Codicis chartacei qvi pars olim fuit Musæi Brynolfi Svenonii Episcopi Scalholt."
  • A later hand has added reddish-brown underlinings and marks to the text.
  • Using grey and black ink, some more passages were marked and highlighted in the margins.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. It was made by Birgitte Dall in 1973. Before, the manuscript was bound in a parchment binding from Árni Magnússon's time. On the boards of the older binding there were reused parchment leaves from a Latin ecclesiastical manuscript. The leaves are now part of Access. 7 (Hs 61).
  • An AM-slip (154 mm x 111 mm) is located in front of the manuscript. One of Árni Magnússon's scribes has written on it:
    "Fra Salugum Assessor Thormod Torvesens Enke 1720."
    Below, Árni first has written:
    "Ur Num. 9."
    , which he then corrected to
    "Ur Num. 10."
    The AM-slip shows a now horizontal folding line, on which stitching holes are visible. The slip has been repaired and the holes were filled using Japanese paper.
  • There is a loose slip in front of the manuscript containing information on the restoration done in Copenhagen:
    "AM 403. 4 to. Restaureret og indbundet af B. Dall november 1973"
The codicological unit was written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 606).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, in 1720 after Torfæus's death (Finnur Jónsson 1930, I.1:417). According to Árni's statement, Torfæus had previously received the parts from Árni (Kålund 1909, 76).

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

Last update: 2015.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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