Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 585 c 4to
AM 585 c 4to (1691, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-19r) Gibbons saga Icelandic Sagann af Gibbeon Anno 1691. 2. (19v-29v) Nikulás saga leikara Icelandic Sagann af Niculase Leykara Anno 1691.
i, 29, i200 mm x 160 mm
There are two different watermarks: A lily and a coat of arms of Amsterdam.
The countermark of the latter consists of the letters "DI".
The details are:
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: lily (bottom)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: lily (top)
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 8: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 9: DI (top)
  • Fol. 10: DI (top)
  • Fol. 11: DI (rest)
  • Fol. 12: DI (rest)
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 14: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 15: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 23: letters (DI)
  • Fol. 24: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 25: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 29: coat of arms (crown)
The watermark on the added leaf fol. 1 is a different coat of arms of Amsterdam.

There is modern foliation in pencil in the top margins (1-29).There is earlier pagination in brown ink in the top outer corners. The original leaves, fols. 2-29, have the numbers 89-144. The added leaf fol. 1 show the numbers 87-88, which is in accordance with the old pagination, but was added later. Note: The pagination is the continuation of the pagination in AM 585 b 4to and continues in AM 585 d 4to.
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1, 2, 3+6, 4+5) (2 singletons, 2 bifolia) Note: Fol. 1 is a later addition.
  • Quire II: fols. 7-14 (7+14, 8+13, 9+12, 10+11) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 15-23 (15+22, 16+21, 17+20, 18+19, 23) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The singleton used to be part of quire VI, forming the outermost bifolium together with fol. 1 of AM 585 d 4to.
  • Quire VI: fols. 24-29 (24+29, 25+28, 26+27) Note: This quire used to have four bifolia (see above).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are somewhat dark and have many stains.
  • The leaves have been trimmed in a way that some of the ascenders in the top line were cut off.
  • The edges are rather dark and dirty.
The text is written in one column. 175 mm x 135 mm32-3413-16
Jón Þórðarson Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 345 4to etc.
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines. They are only slightly emphasised by means of additional lines and bolder strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of text of item 2 are written with more decorative and slightly larger letters.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with different squiggles.
  • Paratext: The end of the first text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Fol. 1 was added in replacement of the missing beginning. The text of the beginning is seemingly copied by one of Árni Magnússon's scribes and is corrected by him in black ink.
  • Jón Jónsson, son of the scribe, has added to the colophon on fol. 19r:
    "Jon Thordarsson m.e.h."
    Note: Identified based on additions in AM 345 4to, fol. 29v.
  • There are a few marginal additions by the scribe.

The manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1983. It was made under Birgitte Dall prior to the manuscript being sent to Iceland.
An older binding is preserved. It is a plain grey cardboard binding from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. The shelfmark (including the letter) and the title were written on the front cover. The pastedown in made from printed material. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland by Jón Þórðarson. According to the colophon it was written in 1691.
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.
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