Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 716 b 4to
AM 716 b 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-2v) Krosskvæði Icelandic Kross kuædi Gud himnanna, grædari manna Note: On fol. 1r, an addition to the rubric ("Fyrsta") was crossed out. The last two lines on fol. 2v where added by Árni Magnússon.
i, 2, i202 mm x 155 mm
The watermark is a simple jug with one handle. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: jug (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: jug (bottom)
The watermark on the added bifolium is a countermark, "PDB", most likely of a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: Cf. e.g. AM 716 a 4to.

There is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners (1-4).
There are two singletons. Note: During later repair, the leaves were joined to a bifolium. Originally, they formed the first two leaves in a quaternion, most of which is now found in AM 716 a 4to.
There is a stain in the colour of the ink used in the bottom margin of fol. 1r. It seems unlikely that this used to be a quire signature.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • There are dirt and many stains throughout the manuscript.
  • Fol. 1r is even darker and shows more stains than the other pages. Note: It used to be on the outside of a quire, if not of the manuscript.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • Some leaves have been repaired in the lower outer corner, at the fore-edge and close to the spine.
  • The ink of the added text on fol. 2v bleeds strongly through the paper. Note: The same ink was used to write the note on the added bifolium and is also found in AM 716 a 4to.
The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 115 mm27-287-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 716 a 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.
  • A later hand has crossed out the word
    in the rubric using darker ink.
  • A later hand has added a few words to the middle of fol. 1r. Since the dark ink is smeared, the text is illegible.
  • On fol. 2v, Árni Magnússon has crossed out the catchword and has added the last ca. 1.5 lines of the poem. Note: The same words used to be on top of fol. 1r of AM 716 a 4to, but there they were crossed out 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 (204 mm x 163 mm) is located in front and in the back of the manusript so that it surrounds the leaves of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on the recto-side of the front part:
  • A loose slip with information on the restoration done in Copenhagen is kept in front of the manuscript. It reads:
    "AM 716 b 4to
    Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall december 1978
    Vedlagt: gammelt bind."
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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