Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 b 4to
AM 615 b 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-24r) Áns rímur bogsveigis Hier byriast Rymur Af Aan Bogsueiger. Fyrsta Ryma. Frædid hef Eg Folke veitt hier skal frædid falla I strä, Fare þeir med sem lykar. Note: Eight rímur. Fol. 24v is blank.
24188 mm x 160 mm
There are watermarks, but they are very difficult to see.
In the major part of the manuscript, there seems to be a smaller foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
The 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 is later pagination in the top outer corner of every recto-side of the leaves in pencil and black ink.
There are four quires:
  • 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 no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last.
  • 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.
The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 125 mm23-258-11
Unknown Chancery Sole
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's time, 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 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 was a part, from Gísli Jónsson in Mávahlíð in 1709. Before him, Magnús Björnsson from Bessastaðir in Steingrímsfjörður owned the manuscript (see AM-slip in AM 615 a fol.).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms38.

Last update: 2015.
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