Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 408 a-i 4to
AM 408 a-i 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 14 parts.
Codex
Paper

The parts AM 408 a-i 4to are stored in a common box.

A loose slip is kept in the box, containing information about the restoration of some of the parts:
  • AM 408 b 4to Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall november 1973.
  • AM 408 d 4to Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall september 1970.
  • AM 408 f 4to Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall november 1973.
AM 408 a 4to CU1 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-39r) Biskupaannálar séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Teitur hiet madur nockur er Skälhollt bÿgdi fÿrst þar voru effter 14 Eckiur. Note: Fol. 39v is blank.
Codex
Paper
39206-214 mm x 161-163 mm
There are two different watermarks. The first watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam where the countermark reads "IV". The second watermark is another coat of arms of Amsterdam with a larger crown and the countermark "PD". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 3: IV
  • Fol. 4: IV
  • Fol. 5: IV
  • Fol. 6: IV
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 8: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 9: IV
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 11: IV
  • Fol. 12: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 14: IV
  • Fol. 15: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 16: IV
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms (larger crown, top)
  • Fol. 18: PD
  • Fol. 19: PD
  • Fol. 20: coat of arms (larger crown, bottom)
  • Fol. 21: coat of arms (larger crown, top)
  • Fol. 22: PD
  • Fol. 23: PD
  • Fol. 24: coat of arms (larger crown, bottom)
  • Fol. 25: IV
  • Fol. 26: IV
  • Fol. 27: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 28: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 29: coat of arms (bottom
  • Fol. 30: coat of arms (bottom
  • Fol. 31: IV
  • Fol. 32: IV
  • Fol. 33: PD
  • Fol. 34: PD
  • Fol. 35: coat of arms (larger crown, top)
  • Fol. 36: coat of arms (larger crown, top)
  • Fol. 37: coat of arms (larger crown, bottom)
  • Fol. 38: coat of arms (larger crown, bottom)
  • Fol. 39: PD

There is contemporary foliation in brown ink in the top right-hand corners (1-39).
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. 33-39 (33, 34+39, 35+38, 36+37) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and the edges are rather dirty.
  • There are some smaller tears, but no text is damaged.
  • Fols. 1r, 8v-9r, 16v-17r, 24v-25r and 32v-33r are somewhat darker and more stained than the other leaves.
  • There are older repairs (using regular paper) on the AM-slip.
The text is written in one column. 151-160 mm x 125-130 mm20-248-14Note: The bishops are numbered in the outside margins.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials are written larger (1-2 lines) and are rendered in bold.
  • The scribe has added notes to the margins of fols. 5v, 7r, 11r, 21v and 27v.
  • There are notes and other additions in the margins, partly in the hand of the scribe (e.g. on fols. 2v and 5v).
  • There are marks and underlinings in brown ink, e.g. on fols. 24r-v and 36r.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding. Inside the pastedown, printed material is visible. There is no title or shelfmark written on the front cover, but the shelfmark was written on top of the spine using brown ink. In addition, there are remnants of two stickers on the spine.

There are two AM-slips.
  • AM-slip a (204 mm x 150 mm) is attached to the outside of the first quire. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Biskupa Annalar Sera Jons Eigils sonar"
    and further down:
    "Var hia Orme Dadasyne og kom fra honum 1721."
  • AM-slip b (152 mm x 98 mm) is attached to the bottom margin of fol. 1r. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Ur Biskupa Annalum Sera Jons Eigilssonar hefi eg sied mỏrg Excerpta, sum ỏrstutt, sum uppa nockur ỏrk. Eru þessa Excerpta optast miskrifud hier og hvar, og ỏlldungis onyt fyrer þä er sialfann annalenn eiga. Nockur þvilik Excerpta hefi eg eignast, confererad þau vid opus Sera Jons, og sidan i sundur rifud."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 610).
Árni Magnússon received the codicological unit in 1721 from Ormur Daðason (see AM-slip a).

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 b 4to CU2 (1692, Iceland)
1. (1r-23v) Biskupaannálar séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Skalholts Biskupa Annall Teitur het madur er Skalholt Bigde first andadist 1568 j fóstu jnngang Note: On top of fol. 1v, six lines of text are crossed out.
Codex
Paper
i, 23, i196-198 mm x 150-155 mm
The watermark is a decorated coat of arms with a crown on top. Note: On some leaves, the watermark is very difficult to see, so that it is possible that there are two different coats of arms.The details are:
  • Fol. 1: [decorated watermark] (on the fore-edge!)
  • Fol. 2: "blank?"
  • Fol. 3: "blank?"
  • Fol. 4: [decorated watermark]
  • Fol. 5: coat of arms (bottom?)
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (top?)
  • Fol. 7: [decorated watermark]
  • Fol. 8: "blank?"
  • Fol. 9: "blank?"
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 11: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 18: "blank?"
  • Fol. 19: part of countermark?
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: "blank"

There is later pagination in black ink (3-46) starting on fol. 2r and only counting every other number.A later hand has added the number "1" in pencil to fol. 1r, since the older pagination is not visible on this page.
There are three quires and two singletons:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-9 (1, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia) Note: Fol. 1 did not originally belong to this quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 10-17 (10+17, 11+16, 12+15, 13+14) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 18-19 (18, 19) (2 singletons)
  • Quire IV: fols. 20-23 (20+23, 21+22) (2 bifolia) Note: It is possible that the two singletons 18 and 19 used to be part of the outer two bifolia in this quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords and pseudo-catchwords here and there.
  • The leaves have darkened and show many stains throughout the manuscript. However, fols. 1r, 3r, 9v-10r and 17v-18r are even darker.
  • The edges are untrimmed and dirty.
  • Fol. 1 is a singleton that is bound the wrong way around, meaning that the current recto-side used to be the verso-side (see watermark). The crossed-out text on the current fol. 1v was then at the beginning of the manuscript and presumably contains the end of a previous text. Note: However, in the lower half of the current fol. 1v, there are 9 lines of (otherwise missing) text, written by the scribe.
  • Many leaves have been repaired in the outer corners and fol. 1 on both the original and the current fore-edge.
The text is written in one column. 160-165 mm x 125-130 mm26-329-15
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of some sections are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Frieze: There is a large tailpiece on fol. 23v.
  • In the margins on fols. 2r, 20r and 22r, there are additions and corrections by the scribe.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 2r someone, possibly the scribe, has written
    "Skrifad Anno 1692"
    in brown ink, but the words are fading.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1973. Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding. The pastedown of the older binding is made from blank paper, the leaf used in the front board appearing somewhat bluish.
In the top left-hand corner of the front cover, the shelfmark
"408 b"
was written in black ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number in addition to the shelfmark being written onto the spine.

There are two accompanying slips.
  • An AM-slip (150 mm x 110 mm) is attached in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "þetta feck eg 1710. af Benedict Hannessyne äfrä Snæfiỏllum, enn hann af Grime Einarssyne Eyolfssonar."
    On the verso-side of the slip, a few calculations in the hand of Árni Magnússon are found, facing upside-down. They have been crossed out.
  • A small slip (195 mm x 22 mm) was taken off the fore-edge of the current fol. 1v. It is now located in between the AM-slip and the book-block.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland in 1692 (see additions).
Árni Magnússon received the codicological unit in 1710 from Benedikt Hannesson who had received it from Grímur Einarsson (see accMat). At some point this may have been part of a larger manuscript.

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 c 4to CU3 (1675-1725, Iceland)
1. (1r-13r) Hungurvaka (defective) Icelandic Ïsleiffur fyrstur Biskup J Skälahollti Ketelbiørn Gamle biö ä mosfelle þann er Klængur hiet, og var Þorsteins son, og Halldöru Eigelsdottur. Copy of AM 204 fol. Note: Ends with bishop Magnús Einarson. One leaf is missing in between fol. 8v and 9r, causing a lacuna. 2. (13r-14v) Guðmundar saga biskups (defective) Icelandic Vm Selkollu Nü skal seigia þann adburd Ends: og var micid Hallære j landinu Biskup Note: Ends defective.
Codex
Paper
14190 mm x 150 mm
The watermark is a house with a serpent on top. The countermark resembles 2 "Ls", of which one is rotated by 90°. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: countermark
  • Fol. 2: countermark
  • Fol. 3: serpent
  • Fol. 4: serpent
  • Fol. 5: house
  • Fol. 6: house
  • Fol. 7: countermark
  • Fol. 8: countermark
  • Fol. 9: countermark
  • Fol. 10: serpent
  • Fol. 11: serpent
  • Fol. 12: house
  • Fol. 13: house
  • Fol. 14: countermark

There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-14).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-14 (9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (3 bifolia) Note: The outer bifolium of this quire is missing.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The second quire is missing its outer bifolium, causing two lacunae, one in between fol. 8v and 9r and one at the end of the manuscript.
  • The leaves are somewhat dirty and show various stains.
  • The first leaves of quire I have water stains in the outer half of the leaves. The second quire is completely stained as if it got entirely wet.
  • The top edges of the leaves, especially of the second quire, are dirtier than the rest of the leaves.
The text is written in one column. 150 mm x 115 mm18-217-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: Some of the initials are written larger (1-2 lines) and are slightly decorated with squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of the text are emphasised by means of chancery script, at times larger than the rest of the text.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line with a loop on top (resembling the number "2").
  • Frieze: There are small tailpieces on fols. 9r and 13r.
  • On top of fol. 1r, a later hand has written in grey ink:
    "ur Num 15. (m Arna Magn)."
  • The shelfmark
    "408 c."
    was written in the top left-hand corner of fol. 1r.
  • On fol. 13r at the same height as the beginning of the new text,
    "(333)"
    was added in pencil in the outer margin.
  • At the end of the text on fol. 14v, Árni Magnússon has written:
    "reliqva desunt"
    .

The manuscript is bound in thin grey cardboard. On the inside, the cardboard is lined with blank (hand made) paper. On the front cover, the shelfmark
"408c"
was written twice by the same hand using black ink. Moreover, the Roman numeral
"II"
can be found written in different black ink. On the spine there are two stickers for the shelfmark and running number.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 611).
Árni Magnússon owned the codicological unit after Torfæus (Kålund 1909, 78).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms56.


AM 408 d 4to CU4 (1662-1663, Iceland)
1. (1r-33v) Biskupaannálar (defective) séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Gamler Annalar Af Øllum Skalholltz Byskupum a Isslande Og Huad Merkelegt Nu Hefur Borid I huors einsd Med attar tolu Þru Barna Og hoffdings Manna aa Landinu fra þuj datum skriffadist 1050 Nockrar frasagnir þejrra hluta Ends: þo helldur hinne firre filgde efftir pen Note: End defective.
Codex
Paper
i, 33, i190-195 mm x 145-155 mm
The watermark is a post horn in a frame. Due to the condition of the paper, the watermark is very difficult to see. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: ?
  • Fol. 2: ?
  • Fol. 3: ?
  • Fol. 4: ?
  • Fol. 5: "blank"?
  • Fol. 6: horn (top)
  • Fol. 7: horn (bottom)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"?
  • Fol. 9: "blank"?
  • Fol. 10: horn (top)?
  • Fol. 11: horn (bottom)?
  • Fol. 12: "blank"?
  • Fol. 13: "blank"?
  • Fol. 14: horn (top)
  • Fol. 15: horn (bottom)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"?
  • Fol. 17: horn (top)?
  • Fol. 18: "blank"?
  • Fol. 19: "blank"?
  • Fol. 20: horn (bottom)?
  • Fol. 21: horn (bottom)?
  • Fol. 22: "blank"?
  • Fol. 23: "blank"?
  • Fol. 24: horn (top)?
  • Fol. 25: horn (bottom)?
  • Fol. 26: "blank"?
  • Fol. 27: "blank"?
  • Fol. 28: horn (top)?
  • Fol. 29: horn (bottom)?
  • Fol. 30: "blank"?
  • Fol. 31: "blank"?
  • Fol. 32: "blank"?
  • Fol. 33: "blank"?

There is later foliation in pencil on top of the leaves (1-33).
There are seven quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire II: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire III: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire IV: fols. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire V: fols. 17-20 (17+20, 18+19) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire VI: fols. 21-28 (21+28, 22+27, 23+26, 24+25) (4 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
  • Quire VII: fols. 29-33 (29+32, 30+31) (2 bifolia) Note: Most leaves have been joined during restoration but may belong together.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most recto-pages and some verso-pages. Due to damage, some catchwords are illegible.
  • The leaves are very dark and highly repaired because of damage.
  • The edges of almost all leaves have been repaired and there are stains throughout the manuscript.
  • Text is missing due to damage, and the manuscript is missing at least one leaf in the end.
The text is written in one column. 160-180 mm x 130-140 mm31-3810-12
Unknown Mixed Major
Info: The main hand wrote most of the text in kurrent script, but parts of the first leaves in chancery script.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: Another hand wrote at least the last 14 lines on fol. 4v.
  • Initial: The first initial is written larger (2 lines) and is slighly decorated. Other initials are sometimes enlarged.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first lines of sections are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Paratext: Most catchwords used to be decorated with an angled line, but many of them are damaged.
  • There are a few additions and corrections by the scribe, most of which are at least partly damaged.
  • There is marginalia in a different hand, mostly in the bottom margin of some leaves.
  • There are many notes, partly by the scribe, party in a different hand.
  • There are many pen trials in the margins.
  • A later hand has added the shelfmark
    "408 d."
    on fol. 1r. A corresponding shelfmark is found on the AM-slip.

The current binding is a half binding from 1970 with fabric on the boards. Before, the manuscript was kept in a grey cardboard jacket with bands at the fore-edge. On the front cover, the shelfmark was written twice using dark ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. Note: The leaves were not attached to the old jacket but kept loosely inside it.

An AM-slip (206 mm x 156 mm) is now attached in front of the manuscript. It is a bifolium and Árni Magnússon has written on the recto-side of the first leaf:
"Continuatio Hungurvauku.Biskupa Annall Sera Jons Eigilssonar.
Reliqva libelli, unde haec desumta est, exarata fuere 1662. 63. ä þufu i Kiös og er þetta med sỏmu hendi.
Efg feck qvered i Kaupenhafn af Jonas Dadasyne."
The codicological unit was written in Kjós in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 611). According to the AM-slip, this codicological unit was taken from a larger book, which was dated to the years 1662-1663 (see AM-slip).
Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript in Copenhagen from Jónas Daðason (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 e 4to CU5 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-16v) Hungurvaka Eirn lÿtill bæklingur af: fäumm Bÿskumm sem vered hafa ä Islande og huørninn Skaalhollt var bigt first og þar settur Bÿskupzstöll og af huorium þad var tilsett Formälinn Bækling þennann kalla eg Hüngur vøku og þolinnmæde vid öhlydna menn og Rängglätata Note: On fol. 16v, at the end of Hungurvaka is the beginning of séra Jón Egilsson's Biskupaannálar crossed out. The lines used to be pasted over, too, but the covering paper has been removed.
Codex
Paper
i, 16, i190 mm x 152 mm
There are two watermarks. In the first part, the watermark is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark may be a single letter. In the second part, the watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: countermark
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 4: countermark
  • Fol. 5: countermark
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 8: countermark
  • Fol. 9: countermark
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 11: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 12: countermark
  • Fol. 13: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: foolscap (top)
On the back flyleaf, the top of a lily watermark can be seen. On the front flyleaf, no watermark is visible.

There is later foliation with red ink (1-16) in the top right-hand corners.
There are four 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. 8-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on almost every page.
  • There used to be older repairs made from pasted-on paper strips at the spine. Since that paper partly covered the text, it has been removed, leaving traces of old glue behind (e.g. fols. 13v-14r), so that the text is difficult to read in some places. On fols. 13r and 16v, however, the pasted-on strip is still in place, and on fol. 16v the covered letters have been copied onto the slip by Árni Magnússon.
  • While the leaves in the beginning of the manuscript are relatively clean, the last quire is dirty with many stains and the material has suffered considerably. The paper is moreover of a different kind and much thinner (see watermark).
  • The first and last page of the manuscript are darker then the rest.
  • The edges show a thin dark line of dirt.
  • The edges have been trimmed, damaging some of the marginalia.
The text is written in one column. 160-170 mm x 130-140 mm23-279-12
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The rubrics and first lines of each chapter as well as names were written in chancery script.
  • Initial: The initials span 1-4 lines. They are decorated by means of additional lines and flourishes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of each chapter are written in chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated in changing manners.
  • Frieze: There are small tailpieces on fol. 1v
  • Paratext: The last 2 lines on fol. 1v are written in a slight diamond shape.
  • There is a note in the margin of fol. 16v at the beginning of the next text (possibly in two different hands). When the leaves were trimmed, the marginalia was damaged.
  • The lower part of fol. 16v, used to be pasted over. As Árni Magnússon mentions, this was done during his time and was completed when he has written AM-slip b. Today, there are very faint traces of glue on that part of the leaf (including the marginalia), but the material that was used for pasting over the text is not preserved.
  • The beginning of the new text is crossed out with three vertical lines of light brown ink.
  • A later hand corrected many words (mostly the spelling) in the text using a darker ink.

The manuscript is bound in a cardboard binding covered in now yellowish fine-grained paper. The pastedowns are made from blank paper, through which the parchment strips can be seen that were used as sewing support. (The three strips (7 mm wide each) can also be seen in between quire I and II.) On the front cover, the shelfmark
"408e"
was added in the top left-hand corner using brown ink. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. Note: Since the manuscript was recorded as being bound in AM 456 fol., 19r and AM 477 fol., 31r, this binding stems presumably from Árni Magnússon's time.
The flyleaves show parallel horizontal ruling in pencil in three lines in a group and a single line further away. However, the ruling lines on the front and back flyleaves do not match (and neither do the watermarks), meaning that they form two singletons.
There are two AM-slips:
  • AM-slip a (153 mm x 127 mm) is attached to the verso-side of the front flyleaf of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Fra Pale Lỏgmanni. Var aptast i þvi Volumine er fremst var ä Knytlinga Saga."
  • AM-slip b (185 mm x 123 mm) is attached in the back of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Hier aptan vid var continuatio siera Jons Eigilssonar, sem eg ecki sendi Magnuse, so vitt eg man. Hỏnd Þordar Jonssonar, postea post ä Stadarstad, stod ä spatiunne, þar nu er pappir ä limdur aptarst þad hefur hann skrifad þä studiosus var her i Kaupenhafn, circa 1690. continuatio tok til ä Þorlaki biskupi helga."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 611).
Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Páll Vídalín (see AM-slip a).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms29.


Codex
Paper
i, 46, iNote: This physical description accounts for AM 408 f 4to CU6-8.

The current binding is a modern half binding in 8vo-format. It has fabric on the boards and was made in 1973 by Birgitte Dall.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding which is kept with the manuscript. The older binding uses blank paper as the pastedown. On the inside of the back cover, the pastedown has come off, revealing a slip of another white sheet of paper and the cardboard material, which is bluish-grey.
AM 408 f 4to CU6 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-24v) Hungurvaka Icelandic Bæklingur af nockrum Biskupum þeim firstu sem vered hafa ä Jslande og hvörninn Skalhollt var first bigt og af hverjum og hvenær þat var tilsett Bækling þenna, kalla eg Hüngurvǫ́ku og þolenmæde vid öhlidna menn og rangläta
Codex
Paper
24160 mm x 103 mm
There is a roundish watermark, possibly some kind of coat of arms. Note: Due to the condition of the paper, the watermark is difficult to see.The details are:
  • Fol. 1: [watermark]
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: [watermark]
  • Fol. 5: [watermark]
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: [watermark]
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: [watermark]
  • Fol. 11: [watermark]
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: [watermark]
  • Fol. 15: [watermark]
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: [watermark]
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: [watermark]
  • Fol. 21: [watermark]
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: [watermark]

There is pagination (1-5) on fols. 1r-3r, possibly by the same hand who has added corrections the text.There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-24).
There are three 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)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The script is very clear and easy to read, however, the ink is bleeding into the paper, causing it to darken, especially in the written area.
  • Fol. 1r is somewhat dirtier than the other leaves and shows several stains.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • Fol. 9r has been repaired close to the spine.
The text is written in one column. 140 mm x 90 mm21-236-8
Unknown Chancery Major
Info: An unknown scribe wrote fols. 1r-18v:9, 19r-20r, 22r, 23v-24v.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: Another scribe wrote fols. 18v:9-20, 20v-21v, 22v-23r.
  • Initial: The first letter is only slightly emphasised.
  • Paratext: On fols. 20v-21r, the second scribe drew squiggles in the places where catchwords would be found.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 1r, Árni Magnússon has added:
    "Þetta exemplar er fra Hvamme"
    .
  • There are extensive corrections and variants to the text in a different hand.
  • From fol. 2r:19 on, the whole text is crossed out with a more or less vertical line until and including fol. 15r.
  • Árni Magnússon has made some additions and notes to the text, but they have been crossed out as well.
  • At the end of the text on fol. 24v, three horizontal lines in reddish-brown crayon have been added.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
Árni Magnússon received the codicological unit from Hvammur where his maternal relatives lived (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 f 4to CU7 (1700-1730, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (25r-25r) Biskupaannálar séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Ur byskupa bælki Teitur hiet er fyrst bygdi Skalhollt i Skalhollti grafin. Note: Excerpt. Fol. 1v is blank.
Codex
Paper
1162 mm x 103 mm
There is no watermark visible, but chain-lines.

There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corner of the recto-side (25).
There is one leaf, which is attached to the outside of quire III in AM 408 f 4to CU6.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaf is slightly darker towards the spine.
  • Japanese Paper has been attached to the leaf close to the spine for connecting it to the previous quire.
The text is written in one column. 115 mm x 90 mm165-6
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Sole
There is no decoration.
  • On top of fol. 25r, Árni Magnússon has written:
    "In chartâ qvâdam Islandicâ seqventia inveni annotata."
  • A different hand has made an addition to the bottom of fol. 1r that is very smeard and illegible.
There is no additional material.
The leaf was written in Iceland or Denmark, presumably in the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Árni Magnússon wrote the excerpts for himself.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


AM 408 f 4to CU8 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (27r-45v) Biskupaannálar (defective) séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Annäll vmm Biskupa J Skalahollti frä þuï þad var first Stifftad Teitur hiet sä er first bigdï Skälahollt hafde hann þa 72 är H. T. S. EH. Note: Excerpt. There is a larger lacuna in between fols. 34v and 35r. Fol 46 is an addition and fols. [47r-48v] are blank.
Codex
Paper
21160 mm x 100 mm
There are different watermarks. The watermark of the first quire is a small foolscap in a collar with five large bells. No countermark is visible. The watermark in the next quire is a larger decorated coat of arms. The details are:
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: foolscap (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 29: foolscap (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: "blank"
  • Fol. 32: foolscap (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 33: foolscap (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: coat of arms
  • Fol. 36: "blank"
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 38: coat of arms
  • Fol. 39: coat of arms
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 41: coat of arms
  • Fol. 42: "blank"
  • Fol. 43: "blank"
  • Fol. 44: coat of arms
  • Fol. 45: coat of arms
  • Fol. 46: coat of arms of Amsterdam (bottom part)
  • Fol. [47]: "blank"
  • Fol. [48]: "blank"

There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (27-46).There is later pagination, of which only the odd numbers were written. The older pagination seems partly covered by the red foliation.
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 27-34 (27+34, 28+33, 29+32, 30+31) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 35-41 (35+38, 36+37, 39, 40, 41) (2 bifolia, 3 singletons) Note: This quire is missing three leaves in front.
  • Quire III: fols. 42-[48] (42+[48], 43+[47], 44+45, 46) (3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 46 was inserted into the quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages and pseudo-catchwords on others.
  • There is a lacuna of presumably three leaves in between fols. 34v and 35r.
  • The edges are untrimmed.
  • The leaves show many stains, especially fol. 27r, 34v and [48v].
The text is written in one column. 130-140 mm x 75-80 mm16-194-6
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The colophon reads H.T., which could stand for Halldór Teitsson from Gufudalur (Jón Sigurðsson 1856, 24).
  • Paratext: The rubric is written in chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with various squiggles and lines.
  • There are some additions and corrections to the text, most of them by Árni Magnússon, others presumably by one of his scribes.
  • Árni Magnússon has numbered the bishops in the margins.
  • Fol. 46 is an additional leaf, which is inserted into the last quire. On its recto-side it contains an excerpt of Jóns saga biskups in the hand of Árni Magnússon.

An AM-slip (164 mm x 104 mm) is located in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Frä Magnuse Arasyne i Haga. Var aptanvid Annala er eg feck fra Haga."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this was a part, from Magnús Arason in Haga, who died in 1728.

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 g 4to CU9 (1701-1726, Iceland)
1. (1r-4v) Biskupaannálar (defective) séra Jón Egilsson Icelandic Nockrar Frasagner Þeirra Hluta sem ädur a Fyrre tímum hafa skied I Tid þeirra biskupa sem fyrre voru […] Þad er her so sem i fleirum frasógnum ad her verdur margs ad giæta hann deyde 1193 Note: Ends with Páll Jónsson. Fols. 5r-6v are blank.
Codex
Paper
6205 mm x 155 mm
The watermark is a coat of Amsterdam with the letters "AJ" underneath. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 4: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (top)

There is later foliation in red ink in the top right-hand corners (1-4).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are made of thick paper that is rather clean.
  • Around the edges, but mostly on top and close to the spine on the outermost bifolium, the leaves are slightly discoloured.
  • There are a few stains on fol. 1r.
The text is written in one column. 155-160 mm x 120-125 mm17-187-8
Frans Íbsson Kurrent Sole
Info: (AM 456 fol., 19r)
  • Initial: The initials are written larger (1-2 lines).
  • Paratext: The first lines of the rubric and the sections are written in chancery script.
  • Árni Magnússon has added in the margin of fol. 1r:
    "Efter hendi Sera Jons i Villingahollti ä bok Gudrunar Þorgilsdottur, sem nu er hia mier."
    .
  • On fol. 4v, Árni Magnússon has added:
    "VII. biskup Pall Jonsson etc."

The manuscript is bound in plain thin, uncovered cardboard. On the inside of the cardboards, a lighter sheet of paper has been pasted on. On the front cover, the shelfmark
"408g"
was added twice, and on the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the beginning of the eighteenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
It is unknown when or how Árni Magnússon came into the possession of this codicological unit, but it is possible that he commissioned this copy.

Former Physical Context:
Codex
Paper
i, 40, iNote: This physical description accounts for AM 408 h 4to CU10-13.

The manuscript is bound in a dark half binding with marbled paper on the boards. The binding is from Kålund's time (ca. 1883-1919).
AM 408 h 4to CU10 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-3v) Biskupaannálar Halldór Þorbergsson Icelandic Registur Skalhollts Biskupa Anno 1056 Vigdur Jsleijfur Biskup biskup Øgmundur j Danmørk 1540 sumer hallda 1542 Note: Only on the bishops from Skálholt. The lower part of fol. 3v and all of fol. 4 do nto carry any text belonging to the annals.
Codex
Paper
4209 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a small foolscap in a collar with seven bells. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 3: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
On the AM-slip, the bottom half of a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark is visible.

There is later foliation in pencil (1-4).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1, 2+3, 4) (2 singletons, 1 bifolium) Note: Fols. 1 and 4 may have originally formed a bifolium. Today, fols. 1+4 have been joined.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 1r and 2r-v.
  • Fol. 4 was formerly an envelope of a letter addressed to Benedikt Einarsson in Skálholt. Based on the common folding lines in all leaves and the matching watermarks, fols. 1-3 were contained by that letter.
  • The verso-side of fol. 4 was at the outside of the letter and is very dirty.
  • There are remnants of two red applied seals (possibly shellac).
  • The paper has been repaired on fol. 4.
  • The leaves are untrimmed except for the fore-edge, where they show the same crooked trimming line.
  • There are smaller stains on all leaves.
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 140 mm29-3011-13
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Paratext: The rubric is written slightly larger.
  • The address on fol. 4v was written by a different hand than the text.
  • On the AM-slip, the shelfmark was added twice, once in pencil without the letter and once in black ink including the letter.
  • Kålund also has written the shelfmark onto the AM-slip, using red ink.

An AM-slip (210 mm x 155 mm) is located in front of the manuscript and is attached to fol. 4v. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Author Halldör Þorbergsson."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
It is not known when the codicological unit came into Árni Magnússon's possession, but at some point it was probably with Benedikt Einarsson who died in 1707.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


AM 408 h 4to CU11 (1678, Iceland)
2. (5r-14r) Biskupaannálar Halldór Þorbergsson Icelandic Annälar nockrer Edur Ärtal allra þeirra Biskupa, Sem verid hafa a Jslandi, Einkum þeirra sem ad Stolum hafa setid, fra þui firsta ad Christinndomur hofst a Jslandi. Eirninn af huorjum Jsland first er fundid og Bigt, og huorier þa hafi a Nordurlondum rijkt, Bædi i Keysaradæmi. Paufalegu sæti og odrum Kongarijkium hier i Evropa, þar med og lyka Nofnn annarra Biskupa og Ärtal þeira ey hafa stolsetid, og hier hafa Christni Bodad, Samannskrifad eptir skyrum Annalum, og visri Historiu Olafs Kongs Triguasonar (sem first kom Christni a Noreg Orkneyar FærEyar Jsland og Grænland) Eirninn Authore Sira Arngrymi Jonssyni i Sinni Crÿmogæa Anno Christi 770 fann Naddadur edur Nadoddur Christiann var med 13 synum þenorum 1551 i helsleiginn af nordlendskum vtrodrar mönnum Anno 1678. HT. Note: The bishops from Skálholt and Hólar were written side by side with the former being written on the verso-sides, the latter on the recto-sides. Fol. 3v is blank. 2. (14v-14v) Letter Icelandic Note: The letter is dated 1697. The names underneath include Halldór Þorbergsson. The text has been crossed out in a lighter ink.
Codex
Paper
10196 mm x 152 mm
The watermark is a crowned coat of arms with a lily in the centre. There is no countermark visible.
  • Fol. 5: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 14: coat of arms (bottom)

There is contemporary foliation (a-h) in the bottom margins of fols. 1r-8r.There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corners (5-14).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 13-14 (13+14) (1 bifolium)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • The paper has darkened considerably and is very stained.
  • Fols. 5r and 14v are darker and dirtier than the other leaves.
The text is written in one column. 160-165 mm x 123 mm26-2910-12Note: There are running titles on fols. 7v-13r.The dates were written in the margins and the bishops are numbered.
Halldór Þorbergsson Kurrent Sole
Info: This is presumably an autograph. The script is an early form of kurrent, showing some aspects of hybrida script, see e.g. the letter "h", and "e" is both written as a kurrent "e" and as a hybrida/chancery "e".
  • Paratext: The rubric and most running titles are written in chancery script.
  • There are some notes and corrections in the margins, most of them in the hand of the scribe.
  • A later hand has added in the lower margin of fol. 5r:
    "Author Halldor Þorbergsson."
  • A later hand has added in red crayon
    "N 48"
    in the upper margin of fol. 5r.
  • A different hand has added the name
    "Gisli Olafsson"
    in the bottom margin of fol. 9v.
  • There are additions using smearing ink on fol. 14v.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland in 1678 (see colophon).
It is not known when or how the codicological unit came into Árni Magnússon's possession.

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 h 4to CU12 (1601-1700, Iceland)
3. (15r-27v) Biskupaannálar Halldór Þorbergsson Icelandic Ärtal allra þeirra Byskupa sem verid hafa ä Jslandi, Einkum þeirra sem ad Stölum hafa setid, frä þuj firsta ad Christendömur höfst ä Jslande Eirnenn under Huorium Köngumm þeir hafe Lifad! Frä þuj är 1000 Christiän var med 13 sÿnum þienurum 1551 j helsleigenn af nordlendskum vtrödrar monumm Note: Fol. 28 is blank.
Codex
Paper
14207 mm x 166 mm
There is a large round watermark with several motives in the centre, a tree among them. In the wide double surrounding lines, the letters "ALDSCH[...]" can be rad. There is no countermark.
  • Fol. 15: tree
  • Fol. 16: bottom
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: tree
  • Fol. 22: bottom
  • Fol. 23: bottom
  • Fol. 24: "blank"
  • Fol. 25: "blank"
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: tree

There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corners (15-28).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 15-22 (15+22, 16+21, 17+20, 18+19) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 23-28 (23+28, 24+27, 25+26) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 16r, 21r, 22v and 23r, a pseudo-catchword on fol. 20v.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • The paper has darkened and shows a few stains.
  • Fols. 5r, 14r, 22v-23r and 28v are darker than the other leaves.
  • The ink bleeds through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 135 mm22-257-9Note: Dates, names and numbers of bishops were written in the margins.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The script switches to chancery for names, places, countries and Latin words.
  • Initial: The initials are written larger than the main text and are decorated by means of additional bolder lines and curls. The first initial spans ca. 3 lines, others only 1 or 2 lines.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in chancery script.
  • There are additions in the hand of the scribe on fol. 16v.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
It is not known when or how the codicological unit came into Árni Magnússon's possession.

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 h 4to CU13 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (29r-39r) Biskupaannálar Halldór Þorbergsson Icelandic Annalar - Nockrer edur Aartal allra þeirra Biskupa sem vered hafa ä Islande Anno 1000. Ad räde og samþicke Olafs kongs Triggva sonar hier hefur enda nafnaregistur og aartal þeirra catholisku Höla biskupa Note: The annals until til the year 1000 are not included. Fol. 39v is blank and fol. 34r is partly blank as a new section starts on fol. 34v.
Codex
Paper
11213 mm x 162 mm
The watermark is a Maid of Dort with the letters "AJ" underneath. On top, it also reads "ProPatria". The countermark consists of the letters "IV". The details are:
  • Fol. 29: Maid of Dort (bottom)
  • Fol. 30: letters
  • Fol. 31: letters
  • Fol. 32: Maid of Dort (top)
  • Fol. 33: letters
  • Fol. 34: Maid of Dort (top)
  • Fol. 35: Maid of Dort (bottom)
  • Fol. 36: letters
  • Fol. 37: Maid of Dort (bottom)
  • Fol. 38: letters
  • Fol. 39: letters

There is later foliation in pencil in the upper right-hand corners (29-39).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 29-32 (29+32, 30+31) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 33-36 (33+16, 34+35) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 37-39 (37, 38+39) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium) Note: Fol. 37 is attached to fol. 38, but probably used to form a bifolium together with a now missing leaf.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages and pseudo-catchwords on fols. 30r-v, 31v and 32r.
  • Close to the spine on fol. 29r, there are bulky remnants of old glue.
  • The fore-edges of fols. 29-35 show the same crooked trimming line. The rest of the edges are untrimmed.
  • Especially the untrimmed edges show discolouration.
  • There are a few stains throughout the manuscript, and a large stain that is visible in the top outer corners of the leaves starting on fol. 33. This stain is increasing in size.
The text is written in one column. 174-178 mm x 132 mm28-308-10Note: Names, dates and numbers of the bishops were written in the margins of the first part.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: Names, places and countries were written in chancery script.
  • Initial: The initials are written larger than the rest of the text (1-2 lines).
  • Paratext: The first lines of the rubrics are written in chancery script.
  • Frieze: There are small line fillers.
  • The scribe has made some additions and notes to the text.
  • In the upper margin of fol. 29r, Árni Magnússon has added:
    "fra Jone Einarssyne 1697."
    On the same page, he has made some corrections to the rubric.

An AM-slip (174 mm x 147 mm) is attached to the inner margin of fol. 30r. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Hver author þeirra biskupa annala er, sem vid hỏfum umskrifad. veit Sera Ari ecki
sem mier þä liedi, nemi þad higg eg hann hafi þä feinged af Þorsteini Bendedicts syni
Jon Einarsson 1698."
Note: This is presumably copied from a letter that Árni Magnússon received from Jón Einarsson together with the manuscript.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 612).
Árni Magnússon received the codicological unit from Jón Einarsson in 1697 (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
AM 408 i 4to CU14 (1675-1725, Iceland/Denmark)
1. (1r-7r) Ættartölur biskupa Icelandic . . . aas en sida ondr. Sigridr .h. d. Eyolfs var Arnfridr dottir Þorgeirs Steins sonar Copy of AM 162 m fol. Note: On fol. 7r, only half a line was written. The rest of the page is blank.
Codex
Paper
8200 mm x 158 mm
The watermark is a large round watermark with an ape and a pole on a pillar in the centre. There is a small crown on top and the countermark reads "HONIG". The details are:
  • Fol. 1: letters
  • Fol. 2: ape watermark (bottom)
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: letters
  • Fol. 5: letters
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • Fol. 7: ape watermark (top)
  • Fol. [8]: letters

There is later foliation in red ink in the upper right-hand corners (1-7).
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 catchwords on every verso-page.
  • The ink bleeds through the paper.
  • The manuscript has suffered severe damage from humidity, so that some of the ink rubbed off onto the adjacent leaves as well as the pastedown in front.
  • In the top outer corner of fol. 1r (and at the top edge of most leaves), stains from dirt or mud are visible. Note: Such stains are not present on the front cover, indicating that the manuscript bound after the stain occurred.
The text is written in one column. 160 mm x 120 mm18-206-8
Árni Magnússon Chancery Sole
  • Frieze: A larger tailpiece is found on fol. 7r in slightly lighter ink. Note: An almost identical tailpiece is found on fol. 23v of AM 408 b 4to b CU2.
  • A later hand has added the shelfmark
    "408 i"
    in the outer margin of fol. 1r.

The manuscript is bound in plain thin, uncovered cardboard. On the inside of the cardboard, a lighter sheet of paper has been pasted on. In the back, some printed text shines through the sheet and shows the date 1822. On the front cover, the shelfmark
"408i"
was added twice, and on the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
  • An AM-slip (157 mm x 104 mm) is attached in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it describing the exemplar:
    "ofanaf bladinu eru skornar sosem 8. edur 9. linur. Munde þær med minne skrift giỏrt hafa hier um eina paginam con 18. 19. eda 20. linur.
    Eg ætla og ad blad edr blỏd mune vanta hier framan vid. fyrer utan þad sem ofanaf bladinu er skorid.
    Þvi þessar genealogiæ, synast byriazt hafa ä Jone Ỏgmundarsyne, og näd so nidr til Jorundar biskups.
    Kannske og hier framan vid hafi vered ellra handa genealogiæ fyrir utan biskupa genealogias."
  • A second slip (201 mm x 159 mm) written by Árni Magnússon is now kept separately in a cardboard bifolium. It contains a family tree of bishop Klængur. Note: This slip was at some point located in between the AM-slip and the main text as can be seen from the rubbed-off ink on the slip. The slip shows the lower part of a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark with the letters "VI" underneath.
  • Inside the cardboard bifolium, there are two photographic images of the printed text on the inside of the back cover.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 614).
Árni Magnússon wrote the codicological unit, presumably for himself.

Former Physical Context:
Last update: 2015.
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Den Arnamagnæanske Samling
Nordisk Forskningsinstitut
Københavns Universitet
Njalsgade 136
2300 København S
Denmark
Nordisk Forskningsinstitut
Københavns Universitet
Njalsgade 136
2300 København S
nfi@hum.ku.dk
Tel. +45 35 32 85 00