Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 554 i 4to
AM 554 i 4to (1620-1670, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-16v) Gunnars saga Keldugnúpsfífls Icelandic Sagan af Keldugnúps Gunnari. Þorgrímur er maður nefndur, hann bjó á bæ þeim eður um tilburði á þeim dögum. Lúkum vér svo sögu af Keldugnúps Gunnari. Note: The lower part of fol. 16r and the entire fol. 16v were originally blank.
16210 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a small foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: top part of foolscap
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: lower part of foolscap
  • Fol. 6: "blank"

There is later foliation in red ink.
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire II: fol. 7-12 (7+12, 8+11, 9+10) (3 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III fol. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia) Note: This may be an original shorter quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are long pseudo-catchwords, longer than 2/3 of a line.
  • The leaves are somewhat dirty with many small stains.
  • There are larger dark stains at the bottom edges of most leaves.
  • The edges are untrimmed and darker than the rest of the pages.
  • The bottom edge of fol. 15 is torn.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 135 mm21-2210-12Note: Chapter numbers are indicated in the margins.
Ketill Jörundsson Cursiva Sole
  • Initial: The initials are written slightly larger than the other letters (1 line), but are not decorated.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with a simple curved line to the left.
  • Paratext: The rubric is written larger than the main text.
  • There are additions and corrections in the margin. They were written by the scribe.
  • On fol. 16v, which was originally blank, there are some pen trials.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding (214 mm x 167 mm x 6 mm) from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. The pastedown is made from printed material (on which the page numbers "262" and "263" can be read). On the outside of the front cover, the shelfmark
"No 554 I"
and the title were written in ink. 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 seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 703), but the active period of the scribe was ca. 1620-1670.
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, from Guðmundur Þorleifsson in Brokey in 1703 (see AM-slip in AM 554 h beta 4to).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms33.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms33b.

Last update: 2015.
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