Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 521 a 4to
AM 521 a 4to (1651-1700, Iceland/Denmark)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-82v:4) Ambáles saga Icelandic Saga af Amloda edur Ambalaes Note: Most of fol. 82r and all of fols. 82v-84v are blank.
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ii, 84, i210 mm x 165 mm
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The watermark on the flyleaves and the pastedowns is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells.

There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer margins (1-82).
There are twenty one quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 17-20 (17+20, 18+19) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 21-24 (21+24, 22+23) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 25-28 (25+28, 26+27) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 29-32 (29+32, 30+31) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 33-36 (33+36, 34+35) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire X: fols. 37-40 (37+40, 38+39) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 41-44 (41+44, 42+43) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XII: fols. 45-48 (45+48, 46+47) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XIII: fols. 49-52 (49+52, 50+51) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XIV: fols. 53-56 (53+56, 54+55) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XV: fols. 57-60 (57+60, 58+59) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XVI: fols. 61-64 (61+64, 62+63) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XVII: fols. 65-68 (65+68, 66+67) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XVIII: fols. 69-72 (69+72, 70+71) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XIX: fols. 73-76 (73+76, 74+75) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XX: fols. 77-80 (77+80, 78+79) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire XXI: fols. 81-[84] (81+[84], 82+[83]) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The fore-edges of the leaves (and some lower edges) are untrimmed.
  • In the outer margin of fol. 1, an extensive part of the leaf (125 x 30mm) was cut out and a lighter piece of paper was glued onto the recto-side of the leaf.
  • Some leaves are dirty, showing many stains (especially the last leaves, showing traces of mud or other dark liquid).
  • The edges are somewhat darker than the rest of the leaves, and fol. 1r is overall darker.
  • The outer margins show a folding line (or dry ruling) indicating the boundary of the written area.
The text is written in one column. 165-170 mm x 120 mm21-247-9
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial spans the equivalent of 3 lines and is decorated using additional strokes. At other chapter beginnings, the first letter is somewhat more pronounced and larger, but does not exceed the writing line.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and the very first line of text are written in chancery script.
  • Paratext: Most catchwords are decorated with an angled line.
  • The rubric on fol. 1r may have been added somewhat later.
  • There are a few later notes in brown ink in the margins.
  • Some words and passages have been highlighted by means of underlining and marks in the margins, using pencil and black ink.

The manuscript is bound in a full binding made from light parchment on cardboard with parchment strips laced through the spine fold. On the spine, there is a sticker for the shelfmark, and another sticker for the running number left a mark but is not preserved. Instead, the number has been written onto the spine using black ink. The parchment shows traces of having been used previously (at least once) on a somewhat narrower, but possibly very thick manuscript. The pastedowns and flyleaves are made from blank paper with a foolscap watermark (see watermark).

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 has written:
"Ur Num. 10."
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"Hun er tilforna komen fra mier."
The AM-slip shows a now horizontal folding line, on which seven stitching holes are visible in pairs.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland or Denmark. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 674).
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this then 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 part from Árni (see accMat).

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


Last update: 2015.
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