Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 613 f 4to
AM 613 f 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-48r) Pontus rímur Icelandic Hier Epter Skrifast Rymur af pontus sem pietur Eynarsson herur queded Note: Unfinished. The same rímur are found in AM 613 e 4to, but counted as number 1-16. The end of the rímur is missing. Fol. 48v was originally blank.
48192 mm x 155 mm
There are different watermarks.
The most common watermark in the first quire resembles a wreath with letters or a year(?) on top and some bands on the bottom part.
The second quire shows some kind of coat of arms with floral ornaments on top.
In the last part, there is another coat of arms-like watermark with the letters "MC" underneath.
Some details are:
  • Fol. 1: wreath (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: countermark ("blank"?)
  • Fol. 3: wreath (top)
  • Fol. 4: countermark "blank"?)
  • Fol. 5: countermark "blank"?)
  • Fol. 6: wreath (bottom)
  • Fol. 7: countermark "blank"?)
  • Fol. 8: wreath (top)
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 40: "blank"
  • Fol. 41: "MC"
  • Fol. 42: "MC"
  • Fol. 43: "blank"
  • Fol. 44: "blank"
  • Fol. 45: "blank"
  • Fol. 46: "blank"
  • Fol. 47: coat of arms-like shape (top)
  • Fol. 48: coat of arms-like shape (top)

There is later pagination in the top outer corner of every recto-page in black ink and partly in pencil (1-95).
There are six 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. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-32 (25+32, 26+31, 27+30, 28+29) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 33-40 (33, 34+39, 35+38, 36+37, 40) (2 singletons, 3 bifolia) Note: The two singletons fols. 33 and 40 have been joined during conservation and did also form an original bifolium.
  • Quire VI: fols. 41-48 (41+48, 42+27, 43+46, 44+45) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords at the original quire boundaries, i.e. on fols. 8v, 16v, 24v, 32v and 40v. Moreover, there are catchwords on fols. 44r, 47v and a few pseudo-catchwords. Most of those seem to be added later.
  • The leaves are rather dirty with many stains.
  • Especially the pages at the quire boundaries are dirty and darker than the other pages.
  • Fols. 33 and 40 are of slightly thinner paper.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 125 mm23-268-12
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same hand wrote AM 613 g 4to.
  • Initial: The initials span 1-3 lines. They are decorated by means of bolder strokes and partly flourishing.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of sections are written larger. They are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • On the originally empty fol. 48v, there are a stanza and different pen trials. The names
    "Jon "
    "A(?) Halldorsdotter"
    can be read among them.
  • There are more additions by later hands, e.g. in the margins of fols. 29r and 48v.
  • A later hand has added
    "No 613."
    to the recto-side of the AM-slip (see accMat).

The current binding (198 mm x 161 mm x 10 mm) is from 1771-1780. It is made out of grey paper on cardboard with printed material as pastedown. On the front cover, the title and shelfmark were written in ink. First, the shelfmark was only indicated as
and a later hand has added
. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.

An AM-slip (67 mm x 137 mm) is attached to the front of the manuscript. On the recto-side of the slip, Árni Magnússon has written:
"Pontus Rimur 16. Petrs Einarssonar. fragment Kollantz Rimna. ur bok fra sira Þorkele Oddz syne i Gaulveriabæ."
Note: The second item refers to the rímur now found in AM 613 g 4to. Something more seems to have been written on the slip below the note, but it is now cut off. On the verso-side, there are fragments of older perpendicular writing, also in the hand of Árni Magnússon. The words on the verso-side are partially crossed out.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 21).
Árni Magnússon borrowed the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, from séra Þorkell Oddsson in Gaulverjabær. Þorkell Oddsson had inherited the manuscript from his father Oddur Eyjólfsson the older. Earlier it belonged to Einar Eyjólfsson, and after his death it came into the possession of the named Oddur Eyjólfsson, who married Einar Eyjólfsson's widow. Oddur Eyjólfsson lent the manuscript for some time to his relative Páll Oddsson (Hast 1960: 2, 151-152).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms61.

Last update: 2015.
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