The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 125 mm23-258-11
24188 mm x 160 mmThere is later pagination in the top outer corner of every
recto-side of the leaves in pencil and black ink.
There are watermarks, but they are very difficult to see.
major part of the manuscript, there seems to be a smaller foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
last four leaves probably show a different watermark.
The details are:
- Fol. 1: "blank"?
- Fol. 2: "blank"?
- Fol. 3: foolscap (bottom)
- Fol. 4: letters
- Fol. 5: letters
- Fol. 6: foolscap (top)
- Fol. 7: "blank"?
- Fol. 8: "blank"?
- Fol. 9: "blank"?
- Fol. 10: "blank" (no chain-lines), thicker paper
- Fol. 11: "blank" (no chain-lines), thicker paper
- Fol. 12: "blank"?
- Fol. 13: small foolscap (top)
- Fol. 14: ? (foolscap top?)
- Fol. 15: "blank"?
- Fol. 16: "blank"?
- Fol. 17: "blank"?
- Fol. 18: "blank"?
- Fol. 19: small foolscap (bottom)
- Fol. 20: small foolscap (bottom)
- Fol. 21: [??]
- Fol. 22: "blank"
- Fol. 23: "blank"
- Fol. 24: [??]
There are four quires:
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last.
- Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
- Quire II: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
- Quire III: fols. 13-20 (13+20 14+19, 15+18, 16+17) (4 bifolia)
- Quire VI: fols. 21-24 (21+24, 22+23) (2 bifolia) Note: This may be a short original quire.
- There are many stains.
- A characteristic stain in the lower part of the fore-edge
is found on all leaves. Note: The same stain is present in AM 615 b 4to and the first leaves
of AM 610 a 4to and less clearly in AM 615 a 4to.
- The leaves have been trimmed so that some of the catchwords are damaged.
- The ink bleeds through the paper.
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 615 a 4to etc.
- Initial: The first initial corresponds to 5 lines and is decorated with intricate floral ornaments.
The following initials are smaller (ca. 2 lines) but still somewhat decorated.
- Paratext: The rubric and first line of the text are written larger and in more decorative letters.
- Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with wide zigzagging squiggles.
They are written in kurrent script.
- Other: The edges of the leaves show traces of red colour.
- Towards the centre of fol. 24v, a later hand has added the letters
- On fol. 24r, four lines (a verse) were added at the end of the text, but crossed out again.
The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from Jens Jakob Weber
i.e. 1771-1780. For the pastedown, printed material was used.
On the font board, 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.
There is a loose slip in front containing information on the last check
done by the conservation workshop in Copenhagen in 1991.
The codicological unit was written in
Kålund dates it to the
second half of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 24).
received the manuscript, of which this was a part, from
Before him, Magnús Björnsson
from Bessastaðir in Steingrímsfjörður owned the manuscript (see AM-slip in AM 615 a fol.).
- When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms38.