Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 a 4to
AM 615 a 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-10v) Sigurðar rímur fóts Rymur Af Sigurde Föt Fyrsta Ryma Keysar miøg hin Grimma þrä Lä þegnar grype huor sem mä. FINIS Note: Six rímur.
10190 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is very difficult to see. It could possibly be a rounded version of the foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: [?]
  • Fol. 2: foolscap? (top?)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"? countermark?
  • Fol. 4: letters?
  • Fol. 5: "blank"? (countermark?)
  • Fol. 6: "blank"? (countermark?)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"? (countermark?)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"? (countermark?)
  • Fol. 9: [?]
  • Fol. 10: "blank"? (countermark?)

There is later pagination in pencil and black ink in the top outer corner of every recto-page (1-19).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-10 (1, 2, 3+10, 4+9, 5+8, 6+7) (2 singletons, 4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the last.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, so that the top part of the rubric is cut off.
  • Many leaves are stained and have darkened, mostly around the edges.
  • There are many repairs, especially close to the spine.
  • The ink bleeds through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 170 mm x 120 mm24-258-11
Unknown Chancery Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 615 b 4to etc.
  • Initial: The first initial correlates to ca. 4 lines and is decorated with intricate floral ornaments. The initials of the other rímur are smaller (1-2 lines) and only slightly decorated.
  • Other: The edges of the leaves show traces of red colour.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first line of text are written larger and in more decorative letters.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with wide zigzagging squiggles. They are written in kurrent script.
  • There are underlinings in pencil, e.g. on fol. 3r.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from Jens Jakob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. There is printed material in the pastedowns. On the front cover, the shelfmark (including the letter) and the title were written in ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
  • An AM-slip (192 mm x 158 mm) written by Árni Magnússon is bound in the front of the manuscript. It reads:
    "Rimur af Sigurdi fot _ _ _ 6.
    Rimur af An Bogsveiger_ _ _ 8.
    Rimur af 7. visu meistaranum
    kvednar af Birne Stullasyne _ 3.
    og vantar aptanvid
    ur bok er eg feck 1709. fra Gisla Jons-
    syne i Mafahlid, enn fyrrum hafde
    att Magnus Biỏrnson ä Bessastỏdum
    i Steingrimsfirde.
    Hier voru og samanvid
    Geiplur med sỏmu hendi. Jtem
    Eigils rimur Skallagrims sonar
    med annarre hendi."
  • Two loose slips with information on the restoration of the manuscript by Birgitte Dall in 1983 and by Anja Scocozza in 1993 are found in front of the manuscript.
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 (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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