Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 539 4to
AM 539 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
ii, 28, ii190 mm x 160 mm
The inner flyleaves from Árni Magnússon's time show different watermarks and can not have been an original bifolium.
The inner front-flyleaf shows the downside of a man and a woman standing on a horizontal platform. There is something in between them.
The inner back flyleaf only shows chain-lines but no watermark.

  • The innermost flyleaves have been added by Árni Magnússon. He has written on the recto-side of the now second front-flyleaf:
    "Remundar saga. Ur bok j 4to sem eg keypte 1710. af Jorunne j Ytra Hiardardal j Ønundafirde konu Jons Steindorssonar yngra. Er med hende Steindors Ormssonar. A.M. "

The current binding is a modern half binding with canvas on the boards from March 1990. It was made in Copenhagen prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a dark half binding from Kålund's time. The boards of that binding were covered with dark marbled paper.
Even before, the manuscript was bound in a parchment binding with a reused leaf from a Latin ecclesiastical manuscript on the boards (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 682). The leaf is now part of AM Access. 7 (Hs 1). In Jón Ólafsson's record, however, the manuscript is only described as "upplimd" (AM 456 fol., 21r).

A loose slip with information about the restoration done in Copenhagen in March 1990 is kept in front of the manuscript.
AM 539 4to CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-16v) Rémundar saga keisarasonar (part) (defective) Icelandic Sagan fra Riemundi keisara syne Þad er vpphaf a þessare frasogu ad eirnn agiætr keisari Ends: langa stund ad hnor minnest vid annann Note: The text ends in the 43th chapter.
Codex
Paper
16
The watermark is hard to see due to the condition of the paper. It has a large oval shape with a double edge with flowers inside and some animal(?) in the centre. On both the top and the bottom, there is an addition (decoration?) to the oval outline.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: ?
  • Fol. 3: smaller part of oval
  • Fol. 4: smaller part of oval
  • Fol. 5: larger part of oval
  • Fol. 6: larger part of oval
  • Fol. 7: ?
  • Fol. 8: "blank"?
  • Fol. 9: "blank"?
  • Fol. 10: smaller part of oval
  • Fol. 11: larger part of oval
  • Fol. 12: "blank"?
  • Fol. 13: "blank"?
  • Fol. 14: smaller part of oval
  • Fol. 15: larger part of oval
  • Fol. 16: "blank"?

There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom margins (1-16).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves in this and the previous quire have been repaired at the spine. Therefore it is possible that the two quires used to form one quire of 4 bifolia. However, the relative dirtiness of the fols. 12v and 13r does not support this hypothesis.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The manuscript is rather dirty, especially at the quire boundaries.
  • There are many stains and the ink bleeds through the paper, so that some words are difficult to read.
  • The fore-edge of many leaves is darker than the rest.
  • Many leaves have been repaired close to the spine.
The text is written in one column. 155 mm x 130-140 mm30-3718-21
Steindór Ormsson Hybrida Major
Info: Steindór Ormsson wrote fols. 1-16 in a very neat hybrida script with elements of chancery.
  • Initial: The initials span up to three lines and are decorated with additional strokes and short cross-lines.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated. Most of them show a half circle to the left of the word.
  • Paratext: The rubric and the first lines of sections are written in chancery script.
  • On fol. 1r, there are pen trials in the bottom margin.
  • On fols. 5v, 6v, 8v-9r, 11v-12r, 14v, 15v and 16r-v, there are notes and corrections in the margins, some of which are in the hand of the scribe.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 682). Note: This CU was probably extended with AM 539 4to CU2 before the manuscript came to Árni Magnússon.
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Jórunn in Ytri-Hjarðardalur in Önundarfjörður in 1710 (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms32.


AM 539 4to CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (17r-28v) Rémundar saga keisarasonar (part) (defective) Icelandic Begins: minnest vid annann vidur[!] hiartannlegre Äst hafe sa þøck er las og sa er skrifade og aller þeir tilhlÿda, Geÿme vor nu allra Gud j himerÿke. Amen. Note: Fols. 17-28, containing the end of the saga, have been added, probably early on.
Codex
Paper
12
There is a foolscap watermark. The details are:
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 19: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 24: countermark (letters, completely on this half)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 23: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 24: countermark (letters, completely on this half)
  • Fol. 25: "blank"
  • Fol. 26: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 27: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 28: countermark (letters, completely on this half)

There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom margins (17-28).
There is one quire:
  • Quire IV: Fols. 17-28 (17+28, 18+27, 19+26, 20+25, 21+24, 22+23) (6 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The manuscript is rather dirty, especially at the quire boundaries.
  • There are many stains and the ink bleeds through the paper, so that some words are difficult to read.
The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 130 mm30-3414-17
Unknown Cursiva Minor
Info: The text was written by an unidentified scribe.
  • Initial: The initials are slightly larger than the other letters (1-2 lines) and are decorated by means of additional lines and strokes.
  • Frieze: There is a row of small tail-pieces on fol. 28v which resemble a modern "@"-sign.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated. Most of them show a half circle to the left of the word.
  • Paratext: The rubric and the first lines of sections are written in chancery script.
  • On fol. 19v, there is an addition by the scribe in the outer margin. Note: The text is partially damaged.
  • In the margins of fols. 26r and 28r, there are pen trials.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates the codicological unit to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 682). Note: This CU was probably added to AM 539 4to CU1 before the manuscript came to Árni Magnússon.
Árni Magnússon bought the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Jórunn in Ytri-Hjarðardalur in Önundarfjörður in 1710 (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms32.


Last update: 2015.
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