Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 716 i 4to
AM 716 i 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-6r) Ljómur Jón Arason biskup Icelandic Liómur Herra Jons Note: Fol. 6v is blank.
6190 mm x 160 mm
The watermark on the original leaves is a serpent with a crown on top. On the added leaf fol. 6, the watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank(?)"
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: serpent (top)
  • Fol. 4: serpent (bottom)
  • Fol. 5: serpent (top)
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (top)

There is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners of the recto-pages.
There are is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1, 2+5, 3+4, 6) (2 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: The leaves were joined during restoration. Originally, fols. 4+5 formed a bifolium which was located at the centre of the quaternion. The first three leaves of the current AM 716 k 4to were also part of this quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on all original leaves.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably and there are many stains throughout the manuscript.
  • Fol. 1r is especially dark.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • All leaves have been repaired at the spine and many of them at the fore-edge and the corners as well.
The text is written in one column. 150 mm x 110 mm21-226-10
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 716 k 4to.
  • Initial: The first initial span 2-3 lines and is decorated by means of additional strokes. Other initials span ca. 2 lines.
  • Paratext: The rubric is emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated by means of a wide zigzagging line.
  • Fol. 6 is a later addition by Árni Magnússon, who copied the end of the text onto its recto-side.
  • 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 grey cardboard binding from the period 1771-1780. On the front cover, the title and the shelfmark (including the letter) were written 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.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 137).
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 Ms101.

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