Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 615 o 4to
AM 615 o 4to (1694, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1v-34v) Sörla rímur sterka Þórður Jónsson Icelandic Hier byriaſt Rimur af Sörla hinum Sterka kvednar af Þorde Ions Syne Anno 1682 Fyrsta Rima Endad Anno 1694. þan 6 februarij. Eyjolfur þorbjornsson med Eigin hendi Note: 14 rímur.
i, 34208 mm x 163 mm
The watermark in the added first leaf (and front flyleaf) shows the letters "ICD". The watermark in most of the original leaves is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. A countermark is not visible.
In the last quire, there is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells.
  • Fol. 1: "ICD"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 8: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 9: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 10: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 14: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 20: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 24: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 25: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 26: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 27: "blank"
  • Fol. 28: "blank"
  • Fol. 29: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 30: foolscap (top)
  • Fol. 31: "blank"
  • Fol. 32: "blank"
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
The watermark on the AM-slip is a Maid of Dort, of which the lower right-hand corner is visible at the upper inner corner of the slip. The chain-lines are running vertically.

There is later pagination in black ink on every other recto-page (1-67) and on the last page (68). A later hand has added the missing pagination in pencil on every first recto-page.
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. front flyleaf-4 (front flyleaf+1, 2, 3, 4) (1 bifolium, 3 singletons) Note: The three singletons are glued onto the added bifolium.
  • Quire II: fols. 5-12 (5+12, 6+11, 7+10, 8+9) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 13-20 (13+20, 14+19, 15+18, 16+17) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 21-28 (21+28, 22+27, 23+26, 24+25) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 29-34 (29, 30, 31+34, 32+33) (2 singletons, 2 bifolia) Note: This was originally a quire of 4 bifolia, of which the last two leaves are now found in AM 612 c 4to as fols. 1 and 2.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • There are several stains and smaller damages throughout the manuscript.
  • The edges of the leaves are curled up.
  • The leaves at original quire boundaries, i.e. fols. 4v-5r, 12v-13r, 20v-21r and 28v-29r, are slightly darker. Both fols. 2r and 34v, are relatively clean, indicating that there used to be leaves preceding and following.
  • In the first quire, close to the spine, traces of old glue are visible.
The text is written in one column. 165-180 mm x 135-140 mm29-3211-13
Eyjólfur Þorbjörnsson Hyrbida Sole
Info: Written by Eyjólfur Þorbjörnsson.
  • Initial: There are decorated initials. Larger initials span 4-5 lines, whereas smaller initials correlate to ca. 2 lines. The initials are written bolder and are decorated with floral ornaments and additional lines.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with varying squiggles.
  • Paratext: There are small line fillers at the end of verses. At the end of a ríma, there are up to three line fillers.
  • Paratext: On the added first leaf, the title and the first line of text are distinguished from the rest by means of a different script type (chancery).
  • The bifolium that now forms the first front flyleaf and fol. 1 was added for Árni Magnússon. On the verso-side of its second half (now fol. 1v) his scribe Þórður Þórðarson copied over the beginning of the text. On the recto-side (now fol. 1r), Árni Magnússon has added
    "Sỏrla Rimur ens sterka, ordtar af Þorde Jonssyne"
  • There are additions and corrections to the text, partly by the scribe, partly by a later hand.

The binding is from Jens Jacob Weber's time, i.e. 1771-1780. It is made from grey cardboard and uses printed material as 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.
  • An AM-slip (163 mm x 99 mm) is located in between fol. 1v and 2r. One of Árni's scribes has written on the slip:
    "Þessar Rimur eru komnar frä Eyiolfe j Längey til Jöns Magnussonar, enn frä honum til min 1707."
  • On the verso-side, there are crossed-out remnants of a family tree in Árni Magnússon's hand. The first field in the second row reads
    "Ketill Jỏrundsson, prestur ad Hvamme i Hvammssveit"
    , while the second field reads
    . The larger field below reads
    , who is the child of Ketill and Guðlaug, i.e. Árni Magnússon's mother. Note: The verso-side of the AM-slip in AM 612 c 4to shows the same kind of family tree, but centred around Árni Magnússon's father.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland in 1694 (see colophon).
The codicological unit came to Árni Magnússon from his brother Jón Magnússon in 1707. Before him, Eyjólfur Þorbjörnsson in Langey owned the codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms31.

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