The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 115 mm27-298-11
i, 4, i202 mm x 155 mmThere is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners (1-8).
The watermark is a simple jug with one handle.
The details are:
- Fol. 1: jug (top, large part)
- Fol. 2: jug (bottom, large part)
- Fol. 3: jug (bottom, large part)
- Fol. 4: "blank"
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 are four singletons that have been joined to two bifolia.
Note: Originally, the first leaf used to form the last leaf in the quire
that is now mostly preserved in AM 716 a 4to. The three remaining leaves
where part of another quire of at least three bifolia.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but the last two.
- The leaves have darkened considerably.
- There are dirt and many stains throughout the manuscript.
- Fols. 1v-2r are even darker and show more stains than the other pages.
Note: This opening used to be at a quire boundary.
- The leaves are untrimmed except for the bottom edge of the last three leaves. They all
show a similar crooked trimming line.
- Some leaves have been repaired in the lower outer corner and close to the spine.
- The ink of the addition on fol. 4v is bleeding through the paper.
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 716 a and b 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. 4r (in the shape of a loop).
- On fol. 4v, a later hand has added two verses filling the whole page.
- 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.
This older binding is stored together with the manuscript.
- A bifolium
(208 mm x 161 mm)
is located in front and the back of the manusript so that it surrounds the leaves of the manuscript.
Magnússon has written on the verso-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 h 4to
Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall
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
- When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms74.