Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 k 4to
AM 615 k 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-1v) Flóres rímur og Leó (defective) Hallgrímur Pétursson Bjarni Jónsson Borgfirðingaskáld Icelandic Begins: [Feri]an Aasa falz vr vór Ends: bundinn j nausti [þ]ag[na] Note: Fragmentary. Contains only ríma 16. 2. (2r:1-8r:35) Lykla-Péturs rímur (defective) Hallgrímur Pétursson Icelandic Begins: Bryniu klæddist beyntt i stad raade þockum synum Note: Fragmentary. Begins in ríma 2 with the 19th verse. 3. (8r:36-8v) Kvæði and lausavísur Hallgrímur Pétursson Icelandic 3.1. (8r-8r) HexametraIcelandicHexaMetrariett rannsaks spurninn rökNote: Two vísur. 3.2. (8v-8v) Tóbaks vísurIcelandicTobaks WysurNu þorna NefinNote: Six verses. 3.3. (8v-8v) LausavísaIcelandic[no rubric]Se[000]rd a fyrst ad syngiaNote: The text is partly missing to due damage. 3.4. (8v-8v) LeirkarlsvísurIcelandicLeirkallz WysurSkildir Erum vid skieggkarl tueirNote: Five verses.The text is partly missing to due damage. 3.5. (8v-8v) HestastrákurIcelandicGräna WysurAtti gräni og ymiNote: Two verses.The text is partly missing to due damage.
8204 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a large foolscap.
Due to darkening and the condition of the paper, the watermark is difficult to see.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"?
  • Fol. 2: "blank"?
  • Fol. 3: foolscap (top)?
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (top)?
  • Fol. 5: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 6: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 7: "blank"?
  • Fol. 8: "blank"?

There is older foliation in brown ink in the bottom margins (160-167).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 many stains and 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 close to the spine.
  • The inner margin of the last leaves is damaged, so that text is missing.
  • The first leaves also show damage that results in text loss.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 140 mm46-5116-19
Unknown Hum cursiva Major
Info: Fols. 1r-8r were written in very tight humanist cursiva script.
Unknown Chancery Minor
Info: The final page and the last 7 lines on fol. 8r were written in chancery script, possibly by another scribe.
  • 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.
  • On top of fol. 1r, Jón Sigurðsson has written:
    "Flóres og Leó. 16. r."
  • There is a later correction to the text on fol. 3r.

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 some of the texts were written in ink. A later hand has added some more details about the contained texts. 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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