Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 716 k 4to
AM 716 k 4to (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1v-4v) Vísur um afgang Jóns Arasonar og sona hans Oddur Halldórsson Icelandic Vysur vm affgang Herra Jons B: og hanns sonar Ara .L. Røgnis rosar minne Note: On fol. 1r, the last 12 lines of Ljómur are preserved. The text (including a copy of the end) is now found in AM 716 i 4to. The lower half of fol. 4v was originally blank.
i, 4, i191 mm x 159 mm
The watermark is a serpent with a crown on top. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: serpent (bottom)
  • Fol. 2: "blank(?)"
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
The watermark on the flyleaves is a countermark, "PDB", most likely of a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Note: Cf. e.g. fol. 6 in AM 716 i 4to.

There is later pagination in black ink in the top outer corners of the recto-pages.
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during conservation, but do not originally belong together. The first three leaves used to be part of the quire that is now mostly preserved in AM 716 i 4to. The fourth leaf was part of another quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page but fols. 1r and 4v.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably and there are many stains throughout the manuscript.
  • Fols. 3v-4r are especially dark.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • All leaves have been repaired close to the spine and many at the fore-edge and the corners as well.
  • There is a large yellowish-brown stain in the centre of fol. 2r.
The text is written in one column. 150 mm x 110 mm21-228-9
Unknown Kurrent Sole
Info: The same scribe wrote AM 716 i 4to.
  • Initial: The first initial is written larger than the main text (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.
  • Frieze: There is a small tailpiece on fol. 4v resembling the letter "C" with a dot to the right.
  • On fol. 1r, a later hand has added
    "Katrijn [..]or[..]dett[..]"
    and decorative squiggles around that.
  • On the lower half of fol. 4v different hands have added their names and other pen trials and squiggles. Among the legible names are
    "Snorre Magnusson Meh"
    "Biarna Arnasonn med "

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.
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