Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 611 e 4to
AM 611 e 4to (1650-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-3v) Grímals rímur Sr. Jón Arason í Vatnsfirði GRymallz Rymur Orttar aff sira Jone Arassyne. Anno 1649. hier skal lytinn hefia brag i liöda smid inn so ad styma 2. (3v-4r) Kvæði Sr. Jón Arason í Vatnsfirði Nockrar vysur sira Jöns Arassonar. Anno 1650. Halfft seitianda hundrad Aar, hefst lidid fra tyma oss þad fyrir Jesum christ. Amen Sira Jön Ara Son Note: Fol. 4v is blank.
4208 mm x 164 mm
The watermark is a large foolscap in a collar with five bells and a chain.

There is later pagination i pencil (1-7). Only the odd numbers are indicated in the top outer corners of every recto-page.
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages (not on fols. 2v, 3v and 4r).
The leaves have been folded twice (into 12mo format) after they had been written on. Fol. 4v was on the outside of this bundle and shows strong traces of wear and dirt.

The text is written in one column. 195 mm x 145 mm34-3710-12
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials were drawn in black ink. They span 3-7 lines and are decorated to a varying degree with addiitonal strokes and floral ornaments.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in larger letters, sometimes using chancery script. Note: The same style occurs in AM 613 c 4to.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with different squiggles to the left of them.
  • Border: On fol. 3v, there is a horizontal line dividing the two items.
  • On fol. 4v, which was originally blank, there are some pen trials. Some of them (at the very bottom of the page) continue onto fol. 3v.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from the time of Jens Jacob Weber, i.e. 1771-1780. On the front cover, the shelfmark
"No 611. E"
and the title
"Grimallds Rímur Nockrar vísur Síra Jons Arasonar"
were written by two different hands. On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. The pastedown is made from printed material, on which the page numbers 262 and 263 can be read.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 17), but according to the dates given in the rubrics, the manuscript can not be written before 1650 and should consequently be dated to the second half of the seventeenth century.
Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Guðmundur Þorleifsson in Brokey (see AM-slip in AM 613 c 4to), who died in 1720.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms33.

Last update: 2015.
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