Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 e 4to
AM 615 e 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-39v) Sigurðar rímur þögla Icelandic Hier Biriast Rymur Af Sigurde þøgula, edur þøgla Note: 15 rímur. Parts of the twelfth, all of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fourteenth ríma are missing due to a larger lacuna following fol. 32v.
39, i182-187 mm x 147 mm
The main watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. On many leaves the watermark is difficult to see due to the condition of the paper. On the added leaves in the first quire, no watermark is visible but chain-lines can be seen. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: ?
  • Fol. 5: ?
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: ?
  • Fol. 9: "blank"?
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms (bottom)?
  • Fol. 11: "blank"?
  • Fol. 12: coat of arms (crown)?
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms (bottom)?
  • Fol. 14: "blank"?
  • Fol. 15: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"?
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 18: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 24: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 25: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 26: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: "blank"
  • Fol. 29: "blank"
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 32: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: coat of arms (bottom)?
  • Fol. 36: coat of arms (crown)
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 38: "blank"
  • Fol. 39: "blank"
The watermark on the back flyleaf is (the top half of) a Maid of Dort "IT ProPatria".

There is later pagination in black ink on every fifth page (1-75 and 78). A later hand has added the missing pagination on the recto-sides of the leaves, skipping the verso-sides.
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5, 8) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 1 and 8 are glued onto fol. 2 and 7, respectively.
  • 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-back flyleaf (33+back flyleaf, 34+39, 35+38, 36+37) (4 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired and joined at the spine and the current structure is not the original structure. Originally, the bifolium 35-36 was the center of the quire and fol. 39 formed the outer bifolium together with a now lost leaf preceding fol. 33. The missing leaf or leaves coincide with the lacuna following fol. 32.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The paper of the original leaves is very dark and shows many stains (i.e. the added leaves in the first quire are significantly cleaner).
  • The ink is bleeding through the paper.
  • The leaves have been trimmed, so that the catchwords are partly cut off. The trimming was done in a tilted way. Thus, the total height of the leaves is 5 mm less at the spine than at the fore-edge.
  • One leaf is missing following fol. 32.
  • There used to be older repairs at the spine, of which the glue is still visible. The glued-on slips of reused paper have been taken off and are now attached to the back flyleaf.
  • The bottom outer corner of fol. 13 is missing, but no text is damaged.
  • There are holes from overcast stitches in the inner margins of all leaves (including the additional leaves).
The text is written in one column. 145-165 mm x 120 mm22-248-10Note: There is dry ruling on the added leaves.
Unknown Chancery Minor
Info: The added pages (1-3 and 6-7) were written in a simple and plain chancery script.
Unknown Chancery Major
Info: The main part was written in chancery script by an unknown scribe.
  • Initial: In the main part, initials are slightly larger (1-2 lines) and decorated by means of additional lines, squiggles and cross lines.
  • Initial: In the added part, there is a major initial on fol. 1r. Its hight correlates to 10 lines and it fills more than half of the text width. The initial is decorated with floral ornaments. Smaller initials in the added parts expand over 1-2 lines and are decorated to varying degrees spanning from floral ornaments to bolder lines.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with squiggles.
  • Paratext: There are 2-3 line fillers at the end of paragraphs.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the text.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Other: All leaves show traces of red colouring on the edges.
  • Fols. 1-3 and 6-7 are early additions (2 bifolia and an added first leaf), probably replacing the original leaves. Note: The added leaves show the same trimming line and colouring as the other leaves.
  • The note
    "vantar í"
    at the bottom of fol. 32v indicate the beginning of the lacuna (1 leaf).

The binding is from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. It is made from grey cardboard and uses printed material in the pastedown. On the front cover, the shelfmark (including the letter) and the title of the text were written in ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 25).
It is hitherto unknown how Árni Magnússon came into the possession of this codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
Last update: 2014.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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