Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 h 4to
AM 615 h 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r:1-18v:30) Appollonius rímur Björn Jónsson Icelandic APOLLONII RMUR Þógn ad lasta mæter menn Gud sie med oss øllum Note: 18 rímur. 2. (18v:31-28v:9) Ásmundar rímur og Tryggva (defective) Icelandic Rÿmur af Asmunde og Triggva Myn er fanyt fræda menntt audnu virdist senda Note: There is a lacuna at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth ríma due to one missing leaf after fol. 20v. 3. (28v:10-28v:43) Samstæður Hallgrímur Pétursson Icelandic Eitt er vid ofe hætt lÿka er halldinn djgd rÿk
28205 mm x 162 mm
The watermark in the first quire is a smaller foolscap.
In the latter quires, no watermark can be seen.
The details of the first quire are:
  • Fol. 1: ?
  • Fol. 2: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: GH?
  • Fol. 7: "blank" (opp. of GH)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. 9: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 12: ?

There is older foliation in brown ink in the bottom margins (69-95) not counting the missing leaf after fol. 20. By mistake, number 80 was used twice. A later hand thus corrected the second occurrence (on fol. 13r) to "80bis".There is modern foliation in pencil in the top outer corners of some leaves (1-12).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-12 (1+12, 2+11, 3+10, 4+9, 5+8, 6+7) (6 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 13-20 (13+20, 14+19, 15+18, 16+17) (4 bifolia) Note: The missing leaf must have been a singleton in this or the following quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 21-28 (21+28, 22+27, 23+26, 24+25) (4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • One leaf is missing in between fol. 20 and 21.
  • There are many stains and repairs.
  • The pages are rather dirty and have darkened. The pages that are at a quire boundary are the darkest. Their text is at times difficult to read.
  • Many edges have been repaired and some text was lost due to the decay of the material.
The text is written in one to two columns. 180 mm x 135 mm43-4713-15Note: Most of fol. 28v was written in two columns.
Unknown Hum cursiva Sole
  • Initial: The initials are written slightly larger than the main text (1-2 lines) and are emphasised by means of a few additional strokes.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are emphasised by means of larger script.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 20v, a later hand has added:
    "vantar! 1 bl."
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 20r, a different hand has added two illegible words and the number 78 upside down.
  • Fol. 19v contains some later marginalia.
  • In the first part of the manuscript, there are additions in the margins written by the scribe.

The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. Printed material was used for the pastedown. On the front cover, the shelfmark (including the letter) and the titles of the texts 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: 27).
It is not known when, from whom or in which physical form Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit. It is very likely that either Árni Magnússon himself or someone not too long before him rearranged the parts of a former manuscript, which now form AM 615 f-m 4to. That collection Árni Magnússon compiled with the rest of today's AM 615 4to-manuscripts.

Former Physical Context:
  • Earlier it was part of the compilation Ms39.
  • Before then the codicological unit was part of Ms39a.

Last update: 2015.
Please note: Bibliographical references are abbreviated. For complete references please contact the editor.
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