The text is written in one column. 155-175 mm x 125 mm27-2913-15Note: There are running titles in the first part before the genealogical material starts.
ii, 41, ii195 mm x 155 mmThere is later pagination in brown ink in the top outer corners (1-81).
The watermark in the main part of the manuscript is a medium sized foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
In the last part, there are a lily and a heart-like watermark.
Some details are:
- Fol. 1: foolscap (bottom)
- Fol. 2: "blank"
- Fol. 3: foolscap (top)
- Fol. 4: "blank"
- Fol. 5: "blank"
- Fol. 6: foolscap (bottom)
- Fol. 7: "blank"
- Fol. 8: foolscap (top)
- Fol. 33: ? [thinner paper]
- Fol. 34: "blank" [thicker paper]
- Fol. 35: heart (bottom) [thinner paper]
- Fol. 36: lily (top)
- Fol. 37: lily (bottom)
- Fol. 38: "blank" [thinner paper]
- Fol. 39: "blank" [thinner paper]
- Fol. 40: heart (top) [thinner paper]
- Fol. 41: "blank" [thicker paper]
There are six quires:
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
- 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. 33-41 (33, 34+41, 35+40, 36+37, 38+39) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia, one inserted bifolium)
Note: The bifolium 36+37 is inserted in between the second and third bifolium of the quire.
The inner edge of the folded bifolium is bent around the innermost quire, so it can be sewn with the quire,
even though it is not in the centre of the quire.
Fol. 33 is a singleton, possibly from the beginning.
It may have been attached to the previous gathering at some point.
- Most leaves are somewhat dirty from stains (especially in the corners and front margins).
- There are some characterisic stains on fol. 41v which are
mirrored by stains on fol. 1r of AM 585 b 4to (not the stain on the top edge, though).
- Fol. 1r is darker and dirtier than the other pages.
- The edges are darker than the rest of the pages.
- The outer corner of some leaves is slightly damaged.
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 345 4to etc. He used mostly
a hybrid script between chancery and kurrent, which sometimes switches into clear and upright chancery. The catchwords are usually written in kurrent script (except for
- Initial: There are extraordinary initials, e.g. fols. 1r,
23v. The initials span ca. 10 lines of text and are decorated with intricate floral ornaments
- Initial: Other initials are smaller (2-3 lines), but nevertheless nicely decorated. Except for
floral ornaments and leaves, there are bearded faces in the letters "Þ" and "N".
- Illustration: In the bottom margin of fol. 25r, there is a drawing in ink.
It depicts a man with a hat and a mustache.
- Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with varying squiggles.
The current binding is a half binding with parchment on the spine and brown marbled paper on the boards.
There are parchment strips laced
through at the spine fold in the manner which is typical for bindings from Árni Magnússon
Where the parchment from the spine extends onto the boards, it shows traces of rubbed-off ink from writing and a green initial.
The traces witness that the boards of the manuscript
used to be covered in reused parchment leaves. Kålund describes them as leaves from a Latin ecclesiastical
manuscript containing musical notation (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 681).
The leaves from the boards were taken off and replaced with the marbled paper under Kristian Kålund
They are now part of AM Access. 7 (Hs 18 and Hs 44).
(158 mm x 132 mm)
in front of the manuscript reads in the hand of Árni
"Magus saga. ur bök
er eg feck af Markuse Bergssyne, og tok i sundur. Er fïn."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland by Jón Þórðarson.
According to the colophon in the other parts of the original manuscript, it was written in
the second half of the seventeenth century.