Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 610 a 4to
AM 610 a 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-95v) Egils rímur Skallagrímssonar Jón Guðmundsson Icelandic Hier byriar Rymur af þeim Gamla forfødur Eigle Skallagrijmssyne huoriar Jön Gudmundsson ortt hefur, þä Dätumm skrifadest 1643 Fyrsta Ryma Mig hefur beded af mærdar hleim mynumm verda äa kvædumm finis EH. Note: 40 rímur.
95, i190 mm x 160 mm
The watermark in the first quire is a small foolscap with seven bells in the collar. The countermark consists of the letters "IC".
The following quires show different watermarks: A larger watermark consisting of at least one word with some images on top, a foolscap, and finally a pitcher.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: IC
  • Fol. 3: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 4: "blank" (counterpart of IC)
  • Fol. 5: IC
  • Fol. 6: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 7: "blank" (counterpart of IC)
  • Fol. 8: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 89: pitcher
  • Fol. 90: "blank"
  • Fol. 91: pitcher
  • Fol. 92: "blank"
  • Fol. 93: "blank"
  • Fol. 94: bottom of pitcher
  • Fol. 95: "blank"

There is later pagination in pencil and black ink in the top outer corners of the recto-sides of the leaves.
There are twelve quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-33 (25+32, 26+31, 27+30, 28+29, 33) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton)
  • Quire V: fols. 34-39 (34+39, 35+38, 36+37) (3 bifolia) Note: The singletons 33 and 40 of the previous and following quires used to form the outermost bifolium in this quire.
  • Quire VI: fols. 40-48 (40, 41+48, 42+47, 43+46, 44+45) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 49-56 (49+56, 50+55, 51+54, 52+53) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 57-64 (57+64, 58+63, 59+62, 60+61) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IX: fols. 65-72 (65+72, 66+71, 67+70, 68+69) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire X: fols. 73-80 (73+80, 74+79, 75+78, 76+77) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 81-89 (81+88, 82+87, 83+86, 84+85, 89) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 89 most likely originally belonged to quire XII, which in that case is missing its final leaf.
  • Quire XII: fols. 90-95 (90+95, 91+94, 92+93) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page. They are decorated with varying squiggles.
  • There are many stains and some leaves have been repaired, mostly close to the spine.
  • The paper has darkened and the script is unclear in some areas.
  • On the lower part of the fore-edge of the first leaves, there is a large characteristic stain.
  • The leaves have been trimmed so that some catchwords are cut off.
  • The spine (binding) is in rather bad condition.
The text is written in one column. 165-190 mm x 125 mm28-3211-14
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The scribe, who's initials may be "EH" (according to the colophon), wrote most of the text in kurrent script. On fol. 86v, the beginning of the 38th ríma is in chancery script. Most rubrics and first lines of text are in chancery script. Note: Elsewhere, Þórður Jónsson has been suggested as the scribe of this manuscript ( see Ólafur Halldórsson 1973, 9)
  • Initial: Most of the initials span 2-3 lines and are decorated with additional lines and floral ornaments. The first initial correlates to ca. 7 lines and is decorated in a more elaborated manner than the other initials.
  • Paratext: The first lines of sections and rubrics are written in chancery script.
  • In the margins, the scribe has written initials in order to indicate the speaker.
  • On the back flyleaf, 13 strips have been attached, which were taken out of the binding during restoration. The strips are made from both printed and handwritten material.
  • On fol. 5v,
    "ion minn"
    can be read in the margin.

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. The title was corrected from
"Egils saga Skallagrims sonar"
"Egils rímur Skallagrims sonar"
. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material.
  • An AM-slip (111 mm x 146 mm) is attached to the front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Eigils Rimur Skallagrimssonar ortar af Jone Gudmundz syne i Russeyium. Ur bok er eg feck 1709. fra Gisla Jonssyne i Mafahlid. þä bok hafde ätt Magnus Biỏrnsson ä Bessastỏdum i Steingrimsfirde 1702."
    And has added later:
    "703. 704. 1705 i Majo atti Gisle Jonsson bokina."
  • There is a loose leaf, on which a modern hand has written:
    "Egils rímur, AM 610 a 4to 1sta Ríma:
    Sæbjörg (f. Sal.)
    Haralldur lurpa
    Hundþiöf kongur
    Hlaupið yfir Auðbjörn konung,
    Hafssfjörðuraustu ... fol. fremst."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the second half of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 24).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, from Gísli Jónsson in Mávahlíð in 1709. Before him, Magnús Björnsson from Bessastaðir in Steingrímsfjörður owned the manuscript until at least 1704 (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms38.

Last update: 2015.
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