Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 i 4to
AM 615 i 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-6v) Geiplur Icelandic Rÿmur sem kallast Geÿplur Vienis laat j vÿsur færd Geiplur skulu hier falla nidur Note: 4 rímur. The first two verses of the first ríma were not written. 2. (6v-8r) Aldarháttur Hallgrímur Pétursson Icelandic Alldar haattur S H P S Aadur ä tÿdum og liktar so kvædi 3. (8r-8v) Skýringar við Aldarhátt (defective) Hallgrímur Pétursson Icelandic Notæ sera Hallgrijms P.S. Stropha 1 Haars Elldur Trollkonuhejtj
8202 mm x 165 mm
The watermark is a double circle with numbers or letters(?) in the framing lines. In the centre, there is an object, possibly the top of a tower or the trunk or branch of a tree.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: circle (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: circle (bottom)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: circle (top)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: circle (top)

There is older foliation in brown ink in the bottom margins (210-217).There is modern foliation in pencil in the top outer corners of some leaves (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • There are stains throughout the manuscript, but especially the pages on the outside of the quire (i.e. fols. 1r and 8v) are dirty and have darkened.
  • Many leaves have been repaired around the edges and at the spine.
The text is written in one column. 165-180 mm x 140 mm28-3910-11
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.
  • Some verse numbers have been added to the margins.

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: 26-27).
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.
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