Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 716 h 4to
AM 716 h 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-4r) Ljómur Jón Arason biskup Icelandic Liomur Note: Fol. 4v was originally blank.
i, 4, i202 mm x 155 mm
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 is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners (1-8).
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.
The text is written in one column. 165 mm x 115 mm27-298-11
Unknown Kurrent Sole
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. Árni 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 dec. 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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