Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 606 g 4to
AM 606 g 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-11r) Ólafs rímur Tryggvasonar Sigurður blindi Icelandic Rymur aff Olafe konge Trygguasyne Fyrsta Ryma Note: Fols. 11v-12v are blank.
12203 mm x 156 mm
The watermark is a double-lined cross with a crown on top and an oval shape over layering the cross. There is no countermark visible. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: cross (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: cross (top)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: cross (bottom)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: cross (top)
  • Fol. 9: cross (top)
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: cross (bottom)
The watermark of the added bifolium is a large coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: The same watermark is found on the innermost flyleaves of AM 410 4to.

There is later pagination in black ink in the top right-hand corners (1-21).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There is a catchword on fol. 8v and there are pseudo-catchwords on fols. 9v-10v.
  • The leaves are rather clean, mostly showing stains around the edges.
  • Fols. 1r, 8v-9r and 12v are somewhat dirtier than the other pages.
  • The ink is bleeding into the paper, outlining the written area even on the blank pages.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 130 mm26-309-12Note: The end of a rhymed line is indicated by means of two strokes (forward slashes).There is dry ruling in the outer margins marking the written area.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same hand wrote AM 410 4to CU1-2.
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are decorated by means of additional lines and strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of each section are written in larger chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords (and pseudo-catchwords) are decorated with angled lines to the left and underneath the words.
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece on fol. 11r resembling a modern @-sign.
  • Other: The edges have been coloured dark blue.
  • A later hand has written
    "No 606i"
    onto the recto-side of the current first leaf of the AM-slip (see accMat), indicating that the leaves may have been misplaced for some time.

The current binding is a grey cardboard binding from ca. 1771-1780. On the front cover, the shelfmark (including the letter) and the title were written in black ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material.

An AM-slip in form of a bifolium (203 mm x 156 mm) is added in front of the manuscript (now glued onto the inner margin of fol. 1r). On the recto-side of the current second leaf, Árni Magnússon has written:
"Olafs rimur Tryggva sonar Sigurdar Blinda.
Feingnar 1712. i Octobri hia Monsieur Þormodi Torfasyne, og voru þä innbundnar framanvid Annala. tvenna, gamla og Biỏrns ä Skardzä.
Eru (sem mier synest) med hende eins skrifara Herra Þorlaks biskups ä Holum, og var bokin ỏll med sỏmu hendi ritud."
Note: Since the current inside of the bifolium is dirtier than the current outside, it is very likely that the bifolium used to be placed around the leaves as a jacket with the writing on the outside.
The manuscript was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 12).
Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Torfæus in 1712.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms36.

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