Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 588 p 4to
AM 588 p 4to
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 55, i

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1975-1976.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding from Jens Jacob Weber's time (1771-1780). On the front cover of this binding,
"No 588 P in 8vo. Saga af Sigurde Fot - af Bæring Fagra - af Alafleck"
was written in black ink. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. Underneath the green sticker for the shelfmark,
"588 P"
can be read, which was written onto the spine by the same hand as the text on the front cover using similar ink. The pastedown is made from printed material.

A loose slip with information about the restoration in Copenhagen is kept in front of the manuscript. It reads:
"AM 588p 4to. Restaureret og indbundet i nyt bind 1/12 1975 - 9/6 1976 af Birgitte Dall. Vedlagt: Gammelt bind og lægfordeling."
AM 588 p 4to CU1 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (1r-7v) Sigurðar saga fóts (defective) Icelandic [no rubric] Asmundur er konungur nefndur Note: Beginning and end defective. The saga begins with the second chapter. The end of the last sentence of the first chapter (2 lines) is preserved on top of fol. 1r, but is crossed out. The original beginning of the saga is now found in AM 119 a 8vo CU2. The last 2.5 lines on fol. 7v are equally crossed out. The original end of the saga is now found in AM 118 a 8vo CU1.
Codex
Paper
7150 mm x 100 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There used to be foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (1-7). It is almost invisible now, because the leaves have been cleaned with water.There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom margins (1-7).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-7 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4, 7) (3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The bifolia 2+5 and 3+4 are still connected. Fols. 1+6 are repaired but used to form an original bifolium. The singleton fol. 7 has been joined with fol. 8 of AM 588 p 4to CU2, but used to form the outermost bifolium of this quire together with fol. 80 of AM 119 a 8vo CU2.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every verso-page, except for fol. 7, where the catchword is on the recto-side.
  • Many leaves have been repaired close to the spine, and partly at the fore-edge.
  • The leaves have been washed during restoration but are still relatively dark, especially fol. 7v.
  • There are many stains.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 90 mm25-267-10
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are decorated by means of bold lines, additional strokes and other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • A later hand has added a rubric (
    "af Sigurdi fót"
    ) in brown ink to the top margin of fol. 1r. The same hand has added the (incorrect) shelfmark
    "588 c"
    in the upper right-hand corner of the leaf. A different hand corrected the shelfmark by crossing out the letter
    "c"
    with a pencil. Note: The correction was possibly done by the modern foliator.
  • On fol. 1r, the first two lines of text were crossed out using brown ink.
  • On fol. 7v, the last two and a half lines were crossed out in the same brown ink as was used on the first page.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


AM 588 p 4to CU2 (1660-1663, Iceland)
2. (8r-46v) Bærings saga (defective) Icelandic Begins: Raungu tecid Riki Bonda mynz Note: Beginning defective. The saga begins in the middle of the first chapter. The first line on fol. 8r, containing an incomplete sentence, is crossed out. On fol. 46v:25-27, the end of the text is crossed out. The continuation is found in AM 588 p 4to CU3, fol. 47r:1-12.
Codex
Paper
34151 mm x 100 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There used to be foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (8-46). It is almost invisible now, because the leaves have been cleaned with water.There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom margins (8-46).
There are five quires:
  • Quire II: fols. 8-15 (8, 9+14, 10+13, 11+12, 15) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fol. 8 has been joined with fol. 7 of AM 588 p 4to CU1, but used to form the outermost bifolium of this quire together with fol. 15.
  • Quire III: fols. 16-23 (16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 24-31 (24+31, 25+30, 26+29, 27+28) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 32-38 (32, 33+38, 34+37, 35+36) (3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 32 used to form a bifolium together with fol. 39 of the following quire.
  • Quire VI: fols. 39-46 (39, 40, 41+46, 42+45, 43+44) (2 singleton, 3 bifolia) Note: Fol. 39 used to belong to the previous quire. Originally, fol. 47 of AM 588 p 4to CU3 also belonged to this quire (forming a bifolium together with fol. 40), but has been separated. During modern restoration, fols. 40+47 have been rejoined (see AM 588 p 4to CU3).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides, sometimes on the recto-sides of the leaves instead.
  • Many leaves have been repaired close to the spine, mostly with Japanese paper.
  • Some leaves show large repairs at the fore-edge.
  • There are many stains.
  • The leaves have been washed, but are still rather dark. Especially the openings fols. 15v-16r, 23v-24r, 31v-32r, 39v-40r and fol. 8r.
The text is written in one column. 130-140 mm x 90 mm26-278-10
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are decorated using bold lines, additional strokes and partly other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • The same hand that crossed out the first line on fol. 8r also crossed out the last lines of the text on fols. 46v using brown ink.
  • There are a few later additions in a different hand in the margins.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


AM 588 p 4to CU3 (1660-1663, Iceland)
3. (47r-55v) Ála flekks saga (defective) Icelandic Aleflecks[!] saga Biriast hier Note: On top of fol. 47r, the first 12 lines are crossed out. They contain the end of Bærings saga, which is now found in AM 588 p 4to CU2.
Codex
Paper
14151 mm x 100 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There used to be foliation in red ink in the top outer corners (47-55). It is almost invisible now, because the leaves have been cleaned with water.There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom margins (47-55).
There is one quire:
  • Quire VII: fols. 47-55 (47, 48, 49+54, 50+53, 51+52, 55) (3 bifolia, 3 singletons) Note: Fol. 48 and 55 used to form the outer bifolium of this quire. Fol. 47 originally formed a bifolium with fol. 40 of AM 588 p 4to CU2, but was separated, when the two texts were split into different codicological units. During later conservation, and because the two texts followed each other again, they were rejoined (see above).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides, sometimes on the recto-sides of the leaves instead.
  • The fore-edges have been repaired extensively using Japanese paper, especially on the last ten leaves.
  • Many leaves have been repaired close to the spine, mostly with Japanese paper.
  • There are many stains.
  • The leaves have been washed, but are still rather dark (especially fols. 47v-48r and 55v).
The text is written in one column. 130-140 mm x 90 mm26-278-10
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are decorated using bold lines, additional strokes and partly other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • On fol. 47r, a later hand has crossed out the first 12 lines using brown ink.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


Last update: 2015.
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