Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 613 c 4to
AM 613 c 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-12v) Persíus rímur Guðmundur Andrésson Hier skrifast rymur aff þeim vydfræga Pertioz kvednar aff Gudmundi H. Andressyni Ollumm sie þeim oskad godz æffe hæverkst gaman Note: 6 rímur. 2. (12v-21r) Bellerofontis rímur Guðmundur Andrésson Epter fylgia rymur af frægdar kappanumm Bellerofontiz er reyd hestinumm Pegasuz wmm huörn talad er j fyrer farandi rijmumm Skialad dreg eg Fialarz fley ant og vant er læsa Note: On the identification of the author see Jakob Benediktsson (Rit rímnafélagsins (II) 1949). There are 5 rímur, the 6th ríma was never written out here. Fol. 21v contains the beginning of Áns rímur bogsveigis by Sigurður blindi. Compared to the edition, the rímur here begin in the 24th verse of the first ríma and end in the 40th verse of the same ríma (Íslenzkar miðaldarímur (II) 1973). The rubric reads "Hier byriast Ans rymur kuednar af Sugurdi[!] blinda" and the text starts with "Sueirn er nefndur j sögumm Án". It ends with "fanst þar einginn betri". Fol. 21bis used to be glued onto fol. 21v.
22212 mm x 167 mm
The watermark is a small foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
The details of the last quire are:
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: lower part of foolscap
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: top part of foolscap
  • Fol. 21: lower part of foolscap
The added leaf 21bis bears a large coat of arms of Amsterdam-watermark with the letters "M I" underneath.

There is later pagination in the top outer corners (1-42), partly in pencil, partly in ink. Most of the time, the pagination only occurs on the recto-sides of the leaves. On the verso-side of fol. 21bis, the pagination "42" was added.
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 17-21bis (17, 18, 19, 20+21, 21bis) (4 singletons, 1 bifolium) Note: Fol. 21bis was used to be glued onto 21v, but is now included in the quire as a singleton. To this original quire, there are three leaves missing in the end.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for fol. 21r.
  • The recto-side of fol. 1 has darkened considerably and is heavily worn with smaller damages here and there. Note: It may have been on the outside of a manuscript without a cover for a while.
  • The edges are not trimmed and relatively dark.
  • There are slight traces of folding in most leaves, indicating that the manuscript may have been folded in half or quarters for some time.
The text is written in one column. 185 mm x 140 mm30-3211-14
Unknown Kurrent Major
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: A different hand wrote the first 11 lines on fol. 10v.
  • Initial: The initials span 2-3 lines. They are decorated by means of additional lines and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and the first lines of each ríma are written in decorative chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with intricate squiggles on both sides. The squiggles are connected by a line underneath the catchword.
  • Fol. 21bis was added to manuscript. It was originally used to paste over the verso-side of fol. 21, which contains the beginning of Áns rímur bogsveigis. The leaf is now removed and bound at the end of the manuscript.
  • There are a few additions and corrections in the margins. They were written by the scribe.
  • At the end of Bellerofontis rímur on fol. 21r, the scribe has written:
    "Vantar hier eina vera eiga sex"

The binding is from Jen Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. It is made out of grey cardboard and the pastedown uses printed material (of which the page number 63 can be read). On the front cover, the shelfmark
"613 c"
and the title were written in ink. On the spine, there is a blue sticker for the shelfmark.
An AM-slip (198 mm x 155 mm) is located in the front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"fra Monsieur Gudmunde Þorleifssyne
Perseus Rimur _ _ 6.
Bellerophontis Rimur _ 5. vantar þä 6ta.
Hier aptanvid voru
Ansrïmur Sigurdar Blinda _ 8. voru önytar.
Grimalldz Rimur sira Jons Arasonar _ _ _ 3.
Nockrar vïsur sira Jons Arasonar."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 20), but Jakob Benediktsson dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Jakob Benediktsson 1949, xxiv-xxv).
Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, from Guðmundur Þorleifsson in Brokey (see AM-slip), who died in 1720.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms33.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms33c.

Last update: 2015.
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