Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 34 8vo
AM 34 8vo (1625-1675, Iceland)
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
1. (1r-28v) Hirðskrá Icelandic Hier hefur vpp hirdskra og seiger J fyrsta capitula hvad vier erum skyllduger konunge vorum Bædi Hundgeingner menn og Almugmenn J norey konungs Ryki Þad er vpphaf hirdlaga vorra ad Jesus malefni koma firer kong logmann edur hirdstiora Endast hier hirdsider Copy of AM 350 fol.
i, 28, i157 mm x 96 mm
The watermark is difficult to see due to the condition of the paper. It seems to consist of one rather asymmetrical part, and one more symmetrical part (possibly a coat of arms?). Note: The same watermark is found in AM 53 8vo and AM 37 b 8vo CU2.The watermarks are not located in the centre of the bifolia, but rather mostly on one leaf.
The details are:
  • Fol. 1: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 2: large part of asymmetric part (bottom?)
  • Fol. 3: large part of asymmetric part (top?)
  • Fol. 4: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 5: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 6: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 7: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 8: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 9: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 10: large part of symmetric part
  • Fol. 11: small part of symmetric part
  • Fol. 12: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 13: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 14: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 11: small side part of symmetric watermark
  • Fol. 16: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 17: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 18: small part of watermark
  • Fol. 19: side part of symmetric part
  • Fol. 20: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 21: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 22: large part of symmetric part
  • Fol. 23: large part of watermark
  • Fol. 24: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 25: large part of asymmetric part (top?)
  • Fol. 26: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 27: [no watermark visible]
  • Fol. 28: small part of asymmetric part

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-28).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-28 (25, 26, 27, 28) (4 singletons) Note: The singletons were joined during restoration in order to form two bifolia (25+28, 26+27).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are relatively dark.
  • There are many modern repairs by means of Japanese paper (from 1981), especially at the corners and close to the spine.
  • The leaves were trimmed, but in the bottom right corner the original edge of the paper is visible on some leaves. Others have not been cut open properly and are therefore slightly damaged in the bottom right corner.
  • There are a few stains.
The text is written in one column. 130-140 mm x 70-80 mm24-2510-13
Eggert Jónsson Chancery Sole
Info: The beginning was written in clear chancery script. Later, the rubrics remain that way, but the main text is less angular, showing aspects of kurrent script.
  • Initial: The initials are larger than the main text (2-4 lines). Many initials show additional decoration and the letter "Þ" on fol. 25r has a face drawn into the bow.
  • Paratext: In the latter part of the text, the rubrics are distinguished from the main text by means of a more decorative variant of chancery script than the main text.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with a zigzag-line.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • There are additions by the scribe in the margins.
  • In the top margin of fol. 1r, a later hand has added the word

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards made by Birgitte Dall in 1983. Included in the box of the manuscript is the former binding, a dark half binding from Kristian Kålund's time (ca. 1911-1913) with blue marbled paper on the boards. Before that, the manuscript was bound in reused parchment leaves from a Latin Psalter, which were taken off under Kålund and are now stored in AM Access. 7 d (Hs 107).

An AM-slip (128 mm x 76 mm) is located in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
"Hirdskrä med hendi Eggerts, gamla, ä ỏkrum. ur bok er eg fieck frä Skapta Josefs syne"
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Storm dates it to the middle of the seventeenth century (Storm 1885 (Norges Gamle Love IV), 612).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, from Skapti Jósefsson (see AM-slip).

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms46.

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