Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 c 4to
AM 615 c 4to (1651-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-7r) Rímur af sjö vísu meisturum Björn Sturluson Rymur Af Siø Vysu Meisturum Kuednar af Byrne Sturla[!] syne Ofrödumm vid orda skortt optt Ends: A Huijta sunnu hliödar brief Note: Unfinished. Ends in the third ríma. Fol. 7v and most of fol. 7r are blank.
7188 mm x 158 mm
The watermark is a large foolscap in a collar with five bells. The countermark consists of two letters ("DI"?) in a frame.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: large foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 2: large foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 3: letters (bottom)
  • Fol. 4: letters (bottom)
  • Fol. 5: letters (top)
  • Fol. 6: letters (top)
  • Fol. 7: large foolscap (bottom)

There is later pagination in dark ink and pencil in the to outer corner of every recto-side of the leaves.
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-7 (1, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia) Note: This in an incomplete quire that is missing its last leaf.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for the last.
  • There are many stains and the paper has darkened.
  • A characteristic large stain can be seen in the lower part of the fore-edges of all leaves. Note: The same stain can also be found in AM 615 b 4to and the first leaves of AM 610 a 4to, less clearly also in AM 615 a 4to.
The text is written in one column. 160 mm x 120 mm25-2710-13
Unknown Chancery Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 615 a 4to etc.
  • Initial: The first initial corresponds to ca. 5 lines and is decorated with intricate floral ornaments. The initials of the second and third ríma are smaller (2-3 lines) and only somewhat decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubric and first lines of the text are written larger and with more decorative letters.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with oblong loop-squiggles. They are written in kurrent script.
  • Other: The edges of the leaves show traces of red colour.
  • On fol. 1r, a small piece of paper (10 x 20 mm) was glued onto the outer margin, possibly covering some marginalia.

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 of the manuscript 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 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 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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