Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 585 d 4to
AM 585 d 4to (1691, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-3r) Sigurðar saga fóts Icelandic Sagann af Sigurde foot og Asmunde Anno 1691 i Litlu Töme. Skriffud. 2. (3v-8v) Sigurðar saga turnara Icelandic Saga af Sigurþe Turnara Anno 1691
8201 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The countermark consists of the letters "DI".
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: letters (DI)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (lions)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: coat of arms (lions)

There is modern foliation in pencil in the top margins (1-8).There is earlier pagination in brown and black ink in the top outer corners (145-160), which is the continuation of the pagination in AM 585 c 4to.
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-2 (1+2) (1 bifolium) Note: Fols. 1 and 2 were joined later on, possibly during restoration. Originally, fol. 1 belonged to the last quire of AM 585 c 4to and fol. 2 formed the outer most bifolium of the following quire together with fol. 1 of AM 585 a 4to.
  • Quire II: fols. 3-8 (3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (3 bifolia). Note: There used to be 4 bifolia in this quire (see above).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves have darkened, especially at quire boundaries.
  • There are smaller stains.
  • The edges have been trimmed, so that some of the marginalia was lost.
The text is written in one column. 175 mm x 135 mm35-3915-18Note: Chapters and their numbers are indicated in the margins.
Jón Þórðarson Mixed Sole
Info: The same hand as in AM 345 4to etc. He used hybrida, chancery and kurrent script, changing from one to the other. The catchwords were written in kurrent script.
  • Initial: The main initials span 4-6 lines. They are emphasised by means of several bold and thin lines. Other initials are written only slightly larger than the text.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of the texts are written in larger letters of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with different squiggles.
  • Paratext: The end of the last text is written in the shape of a half diamond.
  • There are a few additions in the margins.

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.
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 is 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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