Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 m 4to
AM 615 m 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-17v:10) Hektors rímur Icelandic Hectors Rymur Note: 16 rímur. 2. (17v:11-17v:39) Kossakvæði Icelandic Kossakvæde
17204 mm x 162 mm
The watermark is a smaller foolscap with seven bells in the collar.
The watermark is difficult to see due to the darkening of the paper.
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"?
  • Fol. 9: "blank"?
  • Fol. 10: "blank"?
  • Fol. 11: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 12: foolscap (top)?
  • Fol. 13: foolscap (bottom)?
  • Fol. 14: foolscap (bottom)
  • Fol. 15: "blank"?
  • Fol. 16: "blank"?
  • Fol. 17: "blank"

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 (1-17).
There are two quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-17 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13, 17) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 17 used to form a bifolium together with fol. 1 of AM 615 l 4to.
There are no quire signatures.There is a catchword on fol. 1r.
  • There are many stains and especially the pages at the former quire boundaries (i.e. fols. 1r, 8v, 9r, 16v and 17r) are dirty and have darkened.
  • In the outer margin of the last leaves, there are characteristic stains that are also visible on fol. 1 of AM 615 l 4to.
  • Many leaves have been repaired in the outer corners and close to the spine.
The text is written in one column. 180 mm x 130 mm44-4711-13
Unknown Hum cursiva Sole
  • Initial: The initials are written slightly larger than the main text (1-3 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 titles of the texts were written in ink. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.

There is a slip with information on the restoration done in 1964 and the last check in 1991 before the manuscript was sent to Iceland.
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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