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AM 554 h α 4to
AM 554 h α 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
13

The current binding (206 mm x 165 mm x 7 mm) is from 1771-1780. It is made out of grey paper on cardboard with printed material as pastedown. On the front cover, the title and shelfmark (including the letters) were written in ink, and on the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.

There is a loose slip with information about the restoration done in Copenhagen by Birgitte Dall in January 1965.
AM 554 h α 4to CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-3v:23) Hákonar þáttur Hárekssonar (defective) Icelandic Begins: sakir ástar við hann sem hann uppbætti, helst þá nætti. Note: Beginning missing. The lower part of fol. 3v:24-37 contains the beginning of Króka-Refs saga, of which the rest is preserved in AM 554 h α CU2.
Codex
Paper
3196 mm x 155 mm
The watermark in the original leaves is a coat of arms of Asterdam. The watermark in the AM-slip shows the top half of a man and woman with a flower (and other attributes).
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: Chain lines
  • Fol. 2: Chain lines
  • Fol. 3: Coat of arms (bottom)

There is modern foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (1-3).There are traces of foliation in red ink.
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-3 (1, 2, 3) (3 singletons) Note: During conservation, the leaves have been joined to form 2 bifolia (including the AM-slip): AM-slip+3, 1+2. Originally, fol. 2 and 3 probably formed bifolia with fols. 10 and 11 in AM 554 h α 4to CU2.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dirty with many stains.
  • The paper is in a poor condition and there are large damages in the margins of the leaves.
  • There have been extensive repairs.
  • The lower edge was cut in a crooked manner so that the length of the leaves is irregular.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 132 mm38-3915-19
Steindór Ormsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: On fol. 3v, there is a larger initial (corresponding to ca. 6 lines) decorated with additional strokes, loops and shorter cross-lines.
  • Paratext: The rubric on fol. 3v is written larger and in chancery script.
  • Paratext: Some of the catchwords have been decorated in the same way as the initial (with short strokes through a line).
There are no later additions.

An AM-slip (204 mm x 159 mm) is bound in the front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"þattur Hakonar Harekssonar. Krokarefs=Saga."
Underneath, one of his scribes has added:
"Ur bok i 4to, sem eg keypte 1710. af Jorunne j ytra Hiardardal j Ỏnundafirde, konu Jons Steindorssonar Yngra. Eru med hende Steindors Ormssonar. A M."
Note: The deletion of Hákonar þáttur Hárekssonar on the slip correlates with the fact that the third leaf (containing the beginning of Króka-Refs saga) is a singleton, but may have formed a bifolium together with fol. 10 of the following CU (see collation), thus forming a larger quire that contained both Hákonar þáttur Hárekssonar and Króka-Refs saga. Moreover, Hákonar þáttur Hárekssonar is not mentioned by Jón Ólafsson in AM 456 fol., 21v, but Króka-Refs saga is said to be missing its beginning. Therefore it can be deduced that the AM-slip in its current state was meant to be with AM 554 h α 4to CU2, but that is was originally the slip for a larger unit containing both texts. Later, Árni Magnússon changed the placement of AM 554 h α 4to CU1, which he appears to have located elsewhere after he has written the AM-slip and thus corrected his note. AM 554 h α 4to CU1 was probably put back into AM 554 h α 4to after Jón Ólafsson has written his catalogue, i.e. by later conservators or librarians.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 702).
Árni Magnússon acquired the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Jórunn in Ytri-Hjarðardalur in Önundarfjörður, wife of Jón Steindórsson the younger, in 1710 (see AM-slip). A certain Steinþór Jónsson owned the manuscript in 1709 (see additions in AM 554 h α 4to CU2).

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms32.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms32a.


AM 544 h α 4to CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
2. (4r-11v) Króka-Refs saga (defective) Nú kemur sagan af Króka-Ref Íslendingi Á dögum Hákonar konungs Aðalsteinsfóstra og er margt göfugra manna frá honum komið. Og lúkum vér svo sögu Króka-Refs. Hafi þeir þökk sem hlýddu, og sá sem lás en sá öngva sem skrifaði. Note: The beginning of the saga is found on the last page of AM 554 h α CU1.
Codex
Paper
8196 mm x 155 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The details are:
  • Fol. 4: Chain lines
  • Fol. 5: Coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 6: Coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 7: Coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 8: Coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 9: Chain lines
  • Fol. 10: Coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 11: Chain lines

There is modern foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (4-11).There are traces of foliation in red ink.
There are two quires:
  • Quire II: fols. 4-9 (4+9, 5+8, 6+7) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 10-11 (10, 11) (2 singletons) Note: Today, the singletons form a quire together with fols. 12-13 of AM 554 h α 4to CU3. Fols. 10 and 11 probably originally formed two bifolia with fols. 2 and 3 of AM 554 h α 4to CU1.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dirty with many stains.
  • Especially the last leaves show a characteristic stain on the top edge close to the spine.
  • The paper is in a poor condition and there are large damages in the margins of the leaves.
  • There have been extensive repairs.
  • The lower edge was cut in a crooked manner so that the length of the leaves is irregular.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 132 mm38-3915-19
Steindór Ormsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: There are some smaller initials (2-3 lines). They are decorated by means of additional lines and strokes (cross-lines) and flourishing.
  • Paratext: Some of the catchwords have been decorated in the same way as the initials (with short strokes through a line).
  • Frieze: There is a small tail-piece at the end of the text in fol. 11v (resembling a capital "H").
  • On the originally blank lower part of fol. 11v, a certain Steinþór Jónsson, possibly the son of Jón Steindórsson, has written his name several times:
    "Stein þor Jonsson meh A bokina med riettv"
    ,
    "stein þoor Jons son m e h anno 1709"
    and
    "Steinþoor Jons son"
    .
(See above.)
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 702).
Árni Magnússon acquired the whole manuscript, of which this is a part, from Jórunn in Ytri-Hjarðardal in Önundarfjörður, wife of Jón Steindórsson the younger, in 1710 (see AM-slip). A certain Steinþór Jónsson owned the manuscript in 1709 (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms32.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms32a.


AM 554 h α 4to CU3 (1690-1710, Iceland)
1. (12r-13v) Ísleifs þáttur biskups (defective) Icelandic Þáttur af Ísleifi biskupi Það er sagt að Ísleifur son Gissurar ens hvíta því svá reyndum vér hann. Lyktar hér svo þessari ræðu að segja frá Ísleifi biskupi Gissurssyni. Note: Written later than CU1 and 2 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 702).
Codex
Paper
2200 mm x 158 mm
The two leaves are of a clearly distinct quality of the leaves in the previous CUs.
On fol. 13, there is the bottom part of a foolscap watermark, while on fol. 12, no watermark is visible but chain lines.

There is modern foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (12-13).There are traces of foliation in red ink.
There is half a quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 12-13 (12, 13) (2 singleton) Note: The singletons have been joined with fols. 10 and 11 from the previous CU and now form a quire of two bifolia.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • There are a few stains and some dirt, especially around the edges and on fol. 13v.
  • The leaves have been folded in the middle (vertically).
The text is written in one column. 160 mm x 125 mm20-2310-13
Unknown Chancery Sole
Info: The hand seems inexperienced, but otherwise resembles Ásgeir Jónsson's chancery script (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 702).
  • Initial: The initials are not decorated, but written larger and in bold (ca. 2 lines).
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of text are written with slightly larger letters than the main text.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with a squiggle that starts to the left of the catchword and ends in loops or zigzag lines underneath the words.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Árni Magnússon has added to the top of fol. 12r:
    "Ur Olafs Sỏgu Helga i Flateyiarbok p. m. 269."
The leaves were written in Iceland. Kålund dates them to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 702).
It is not known when or how Árni Magnússon came into possession these leaves.

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


Last update: 2015.
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