Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 716 a 4to
AM 716 a 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-4r) Krosskvæði Icelandic Kross Kuædi af Kalldatarness Krössinum Eg vil kueda vmm krössins dyrd Note: On top of fol. 1r, the first ca. 1.5 lines, containing the end of another text, are crossed out. Moreover, the first word in front of the rubric is crossed out, but probably read "Annad". 2. (4v-5v) Krosskvæði Icelandic þridia Krosskuædi i Liödum Þad er upphafid
i, 5, i202 mm x 155 mm
The watermark is a simple jug with one handle. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: jug (top)
The watermark on the added bifolium is a coat of arms of Amsterdam.

There is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners (1-10).
There is one incomplete quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-5 (1+4, 2+3, 5) (2 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The singleton fol. 5 has been attached to fol. 1r. These five leaves used to form the centre of a quaternion with the two leaves now found in AM 716 b 4to in front and the first leaf of the current AM 716 h 4to in the end.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the last.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • There are dirt and many stains throughout the manuscript.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • Some leaves have been repaired in the lower outer corner and close to the spine.
  • The text on top of fol. 1r was crossed out using grey ink. The same ink is found on the AM-slip and in the addition on top of fol. 1v (cf below).
The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 115 mm28-299-11
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 716 b and h 4to.
  • Initial: The first letters of each stanza are written somewhat larger.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled line and a loop.
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece on fol. 10v (consisting of a loop and two dots).
  • On top of fol. 1v, the ink that was used to cross out the text on top of fol. 1r bleeds through the paper and makes some words difficult to read. Therefore, Árni Magnússon repeated the first three words, writing them into the top margin with the same grey ink.
  • A later hand has added stanza numbers in dark ink, mostly at the top and bottom of the pages.

The manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. That binding was made in Copenhagen in 1978 before the manuscript came to Iceland.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding from the period 1771-1780. The older binding has the title and the shelfmark (including the letter) written onto the front cover using dark brown ink. There are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number on the spine. The pastedown is made from printed material. The older binding is stored together with the manuscript.
  • A bifolium (208 mm x 160 mm) is located in front and in the back of the manuscript so that it surrounds the leaves of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on the recto-side of the front part:
    "Krosskvædi af Kalldadarness krossinum."
  • A loose A4 sheet is kept in front of the manuscript. It is a photo copy of the description of the quire structure, which was determined in 1978.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 135).
It is hitherto unknown how or when the larger manuscript, of which this was a part, came into the possession of Árni Magnússon.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms74.

Last update: 2015.
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