Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 587 e 4to
AM 587 e 4to (1690-1710, Denmark)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r:1-8v:23) Sörla þáttur Icelandic Saga af Hǫgna og Hiedinn Cap I Firer Astann Vanaqvísl í Asialande og settist ad ríke sínu og endast so þesse þáttur af hiedinn og Hǫgna
i, 8, i212 mm x 165 mm
There is a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark. The countermark consists of the letters "PD".
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: PD
  • Fol. 2: crown
  • Fol. 3: PD
  • Fol. 4: crown
  • Fol. 5: lions
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: lions
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
On the two flyleaves, which form a bifolium, the watermark depicts a man and a woman holding a flower.

There is older pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (573-588).There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners by Kålund (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
There is a quire signature ("Pp") on fol. 1r. The signature is located in the middle of the bottom margin and was written with brown ink.There are no catchwords.
  • Some edges are darker than the rest of the leaves.
  • The ink is partially bleeding through the paper.
  • There are large stains of dirt (mud) on the last leaves of the manuscript, including the flyleaf. Note: Neither the binding nor the rear pastedown show any trace of it, so the stains must be older than the binding.
The text is written in one column. 190 mm x 140 mm22-268-12
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Sole
Info: Written by Árni Magnússon.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written slightly larger than the rest of the text.
  • There are a few variant readings in the hand of Árni Magnússon on fols. 1r, 3r, 6v and 8r.
  • On the front flyleaf, one of Árni Magnússon's scribes has written:
    "af Hỏgna og Hiedne. Ur bök er Eg feck a Markuse Bergs=syne og tök i sundur."
    Below, Árni Magnússon has added:
    "Synest ad vera skrifad epter þvi prent=ada i Olafs Sỏgu Tryggvasonar."
    Note: Considering that Árni Magnússon has written Sörla þáttur himself, the information about the former owner must have referred to another manuscript. Indeed, there are traces of a former manuscript, to which the note belonged: The manuscript NKS 1760 4to, formerly owned by Peter Frederik Suhm, states that it is a copy of No. 587 in 4to of Árni Magnússon's manuscripts. Sörla þáttur, the text it contains, is not a copy of the extent AM 587 e 4to, but agrees with the variant readings that are found in the present manuscript. Moreover, Jón Ólafsson registered in his handwritten catalogue two copies of the saga in number 587 in 4to (AM 456 fol., 23v), but only one is preserved today. It can thus be assumed that NKS 1760 4to is a copy of the other copies of Sörla þáttur that was once contained by number 587 in 4to and was probably used for taking variants. That text is now lost, only Árni Magnússon's note survived and was attached to the present manuscript.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from the time of Jens Jacob Weber, i.e. 1771-1780. On the front cover,
"No 578e. af Högna og Hedni."
was written in black ink. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material. The cardboard is slightly bent towards the fore-edge, which gives the whole manuscript a curved form.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kålund dates it to ca. 1700 (Kålund 1889-1894, 1: 749).
Before Árni Magnússon owned the larger codex, of which this codicological unit was a part, it was probably in the possession of Thomas Bartholin.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms83.

Last update: 2015.
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