Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 585 a 4to
AM 585 a 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-27v) Hektors saga Icelandic Hier Byriar Hectors søgu og Hanns Kappa Note: The lower half of fol. 15v and all of fol. 16r are blank to indicate a lacuna in the exemplar.
27200 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam with a large crown on top (with a cross and floral ornaments). Below the two lions, the letters "MLD" can be read.
The details are:
  • fol. 1: "blank"
  • fol. 2: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 3: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 4: "blank"
  • fol. 5: "blank"
  • fol. 6: "blank"
  • fol. 7: "blank"
  • fol. 8: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 9: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 10: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 11: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 12: "blank"
  • fol. 13: "blank"
  • fol. 14: "blank"
  • fol. 15: "blank"
  • fol. 16: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 17: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 18: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 19: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 20: "blank"
  • fol. 21: "blank"
  • fol. 22: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 23: coat of arms (lions)
  • fol. 24: "blank"
  • fol. 25: "blank"
  • fol. 26: coat of arms (crown)
  • fol. 27: coat of arms (lions)

There is modern foliation in pencil (1-27).There is earlier pagination in black ink in the top outer corners (1-54).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-9 (1, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia) Note: Fol. 1 used to form the outermost bifolia of an original quire together with fol. 8 of AM 585 d 4to.
  • Quire II: fols. 10-17 (10+17, 11+16, 12+15, 13+14) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 18-27 (18+27, 19+26, 20+25, 21+24, 22+23) (5 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are rather dirty with many stains.
  • The script is fading on the pages that used to be at a quire boundary.
  • The leaves have been trimmed so that parts of the marginalia and chapter numbers were cut off.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 140 mm32-3414-16Note: Chapters and their numbers are indicated in the margins.
Jón Þórðarson Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 345 4to etc. The rubrics and certain words were written in chancery script.
  • Initial: The initials are emphasised by means of size (2-5 lines) and decorated with additional strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of sections are written in chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with varying squiggles.
  • Paratext: The end of the saga is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • In the lower margin of fol. 24r, the word
    is added in black ink.
  • There are a few marginal additions by the scribe.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from the time of Jens Jacob Weber, i.e. 1771-1780. The shelfmark (including the letter) and the title of the saga were written on the front cover. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material.
An AM-slip (193 mm x 146 mm) is attached to the inner margin of the first leaf. It was written by Árni Magnússon. The last page numbers were corrected in a lighter brown ink, though possibly by Árni Magnússon himself. The slip reads:
"Hectors saga pag. 1.
Ulfars Saga Sterka 55.
Gibbeons Saga 87.
Nikulass Saga Leikara 124.
Sigurdar Saga Fotz 145.
Sigurdar Saga Turnara 150.
Valldemars Saga 1601.
Konrads Saga 1745.
Þialar Jons saga 2045.
Ur bok er eg feck af Markuse Bergssyne, og tok i sundur."
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 in the second half of the seventeenth century.
Jón Jónsson inherited the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was part, after his father Jón Þórðarson. In 1710, Markús Bergsson gave the larger manuscript to Árni Magnússon, who rearranged the parts. It is not known how the manuscript came to Markús Bergsson, but in his notes, Árni Magnússon mentions that Sigmundur Sæmundsson is said to have been a previous owner (AM 435 a 4to, 82r).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms35.

Last update: 2015.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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