Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 l 4to
AM 615 l 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-9v) Reinalds rímur Icelandic Reinallds Rimur Note: 12 rímur.
9204 mm x 160 mm
The watermark is a large foolscap.
Due to darkening, the watermark is difficult to see.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"?
  • Fol. 2: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"?
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (top)?
  • Fol. 5: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 6: foolscap (top)?
  • Fol. 7: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"?
  • Fol. 9: foolscap (top)?

There is older foliation in brown ink in the bottom margins (125-133).There is modern foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corner of most leaves (1-9).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-9 (1, 2+9, 3+8, 4+7, 5+6) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia) Note: Fol. 1 used to form a bifolium together with fol. 17 of AM 615 m 4to.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • There are many stains and especially the pages at the former quire boundaries (i.e. fols. 1v, 2r and 9v) are dirty and have darkened.
  • Many leaves have been repaired around the edges and close to the spine.
  • Characteristic stains from the last leaves of AM 615 m 4to are also visible in the outside margin of fol. 1 in the present manuscript.
The text is written in one column. 175 mm x 140 mm43-4614-16
Unknown Hum cursiva Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 615 f-m 4to, except for the last page in AM 615 k 4to.
  • 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.
There are no later additions.

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 title of the text were written in ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
A modern piece of blank, bright white thicker paper with a whole in it is stored with the manuscript.
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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