Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 37 b 8vo
AM 37 b 8vo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 4 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 89, i

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. It was made by Birgitte Dall in 1978 (see accMat).
Before, the manuscript was bound in a dark half binding from Kristian Kålund's time (ca. 1883-1919). The older binding has brown marbled paper on the boards and is kept separately in a box with other older bindings.

A loose slip with information on the conservation done in Copenhagen is kept in front of the manuscript. It reads:
"AM 37 b 8vo. Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall juli 1978. Ældre bind vedlagt."
AM 37 b 8vo CU1 (1701-1726, Iceland)
1. (2r-8r) On a manuscript of Jónsbók Icelandic [no rubric] A fyrsta pagina stendur Note: Árni Magnússon's notes on a Jónsbók-manuscript in the possession of Oddur Sigurðsson
Codex
Paper
i, 9164 mm x 105 mm
The watermark of fols. 2-[9] is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. Fol. 1 shows part of a countermark, possibly "cAI", which is located close to the fore-edge instead of the top inner corner as on other leaves. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: letters
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: coat of arms (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 8: "blank"
  • Fol. [9]: coat of arms (bottom, smaller part)

There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corner on all leaves except for the last one (1-8).
There is one quire:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-[9] (1, 2+[9], 3+8, 4+5) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on fols. 2v, 6v and 7v.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • There are a few stains, mostly on fol. 1r.
  • Fols. 1v and 2r show traces of old glue close to the spine, due to the singleton being glued onto fol. 2r.
The text is written in one column. 130-140 mm x 90 mm16-172-5
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Sole
  • Paratext: Rubrics and important information are underlined.
  • Fol. 1 is a full-sized leaf, on which Árni Magnússon mentions another Jónsbók manuscript, which he used for comparison:
    "Þessa lỏgbok hefi eg fenged af sera Magnuse Markussyne, og er hun confererud vid lỏgbok Oddz Sigurdzsonar (Ara Jonssonar.)"
    Note: The leaf may have belonged to a different manuscript or other notes.
  • On the recto-side of the front flyleaf, Kristian Kålund has written "I." in black ink, in order to mark the first part of AM 37 b 8vo.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the beginning of the eighteenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 350).
Árni Magnússon wrote the codicological unit for his own usage.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


AM 37 b 8vo CU2 (1685, Iceland)
1. (2r-26v) Table of contents of Jónsbók Icelandic Registur Eda Agrip yfer vora Islendska Logbok handa vngmennum Componerad A stad I Adaluyk þann 21 februari Anno Domine 1685
Codex
Paper
i, 25165 mm x 92-100 mm
The watermark is difficult to see. 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. The details are:
  • Fol. 2: "blank"
  • Fol. 3: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 4: "blank"
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: watermark (small part)
  • Fol. 9: watermark (small part)
  • Fol. 10: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 11: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 12: "blank"
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: watermark (small part)
  • Fol. 16: watermark (small part)
  • Fol. 17: "blank"
  • Fol. 18: "blank"
  • Fol. 19: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 20: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 21: "blank"
  • Fol. 22: "blank"
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: watermark (large part)
  • Fol. 25: watermark (small part)
  • Fol. 26: "blank"
Note: The bifolium in front (fols. 1+1bis) has a different watermark (added by Árni Magnússon).

There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corners (2-26).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-5 (1+1bis, 2+4, 3, 5) (2 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fol. 5 was attached to the bifolium 1+1bis, fols. 2+4 form an original bifolium, and fol. 3 is a singleton of which the second half was removed, leaving a few millimeters for sewing. On top of the left-over slip, the same words can be seen as on top of fol. 4r, indicating that the scribe has made a mistake during the copying and thus removed the unnecessary leaf.
  • Quire II: fols. 6-12 (6, 7+12, 8+11, 9+10) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia)
  • Quire III: fols. 13-22 (13+22, 14+21, 15+20, 16+19, 17+18) (5 bifolia)
  • Quire IV: fols. 23-26 (23+26, 24+25) (2 bifolia) Note: The two bifolia were joined during later restoration and did not originally belong together.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords here and there.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • The leaves have partly darkened with the ink bleeding through the paper.
  • The edges are especially dirty.
  • Some leaves have been repaired close to the spine using Japanese paper.
The text is written in several columns. 130 mm x 80 mm24-266-9
Eggert Jónsson Chancery Sole
Info: The chancery script in the rubrics is more decorative. In the main text, there is some influence from early kurrent script.
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines and are decorated by means of additional loops and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in a more decorative version of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords were sometimes written in kurrent, sometimes in chancery script and are decorated with a squiggle or zigzag-line to the left and underneath it.
  • In the bottom margin of fol. 2r, the scribe has added an "A" in accordance with the index starting there with A.
  • On the recto-side of the front flyleaf, Kristian Kålund has written "II" in black ink, in order to mark the second part of AM 37 b 8vo.

A bifolium is added to the front of the manuscript (foliated as 1 and 1bis), which probably used to surround all three quires. Árni Magnússon has written on the first recto-page (foliated as 1):
"Registur yfir Jonsbok ur bök er eg feck fra Skapta Josefs syne 1712."
The verso-sides of fol. 1 and 1bis contain upside-down writing in Latin.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland in 1685 (see accMat).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, in 1712 from Skapti Jósefsson (see additions).

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms46.


AM 37 b 8vo CU3 (1701-1726, Iceland)
1. (2r-20v) Margin excerpts of a manuscript of Jónsbok (and Grágás) Icelandic [no rubric] Petur Biarnason ä Tialldanese Note: The excerpts are taken from a manuscript owned by Bjarni Pétursson.
Codex
Paper
i, 20165-167 mm x 105-107 mm
There are several types of paper in the manuscript, showing different watermarks. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 3: coat of arms (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 4: letters (top part?, shorter end)
  • Fol. 5: letters (top part?, larger end)
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: "blank"
  • Fol. 8: letters
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: "blank"
  • Fol. 11: small watermark (flower?)
  • Fol. 12: small watermark (flower?)
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: letters
  • Fol. 17: large watermark
  • Fol. 18: large watermark
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"

There is later foliation in pencil in the top outer corners (1-20).
There are three quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1, 2+3, 4+5, 6, 7, 8) (2 bifolia, 4 singletons)
  • Quire II: fols. 9-14 (9, 10+13, 11+12, 14) (2 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: The bifolium 10+13 has been repaired at the spine, but could be an original bifolium.
  • Quire III: fols. 15-20 (15+20, 16+19, 17+18) (3 bifolia) Note: Fols. 15+20 and 16+19 were joined during restoration and do not originally belong together.
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • Most leaves are untrimmed. Fol. 6, however, has cut edges.
  • Some leaves show a few stains.
The text is written in one column. 30-130 mm x 70-90 mm4-133-7
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Major
Info: Árni Magnússon wrote most parts of the manuscript.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: One of Árni's scribes (Þórður Þórðarson?), wrote parts of fols. 10r-15r and all of fols. 17r-20r.
  • Paratext: In the part written by Árni Magnússon's scribe, some rubrics are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Fol. 1 is an added slip, on which Árni Magnússon has written:
    "Excerpta af Marginibus lỏgbokar Biarna Peturssonar (hins gamla) ä Stadarholi."
  • A small slip with additions to the text in the hand of Árni Magnússon is glued onto fol. 2v.
  • On the recto-side of the front flyleaf, Kristian Kålund has written "III." in black ink, in order to mark the third part of AM 37 b 8vo.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the beginning of the eighteenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 350-351).
Árni Magnússon wrote and commissioned the codicological unit for his own usage.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


AM 37 b 8vo CU4 (1701-1726, Iceland)
1. (1r-31v) Margin excerpts of a manuscript of Jónsbók Icelandic Holms bokarinnar in folio Contenta Note: Fols. 5-6, 9, 20, 26 and 28 are blank.
Codex
Paper
i, 31165 mm x 105 mm
There are different watermarks, as there are different kinds of paper. The most common watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"
  • Fol. 4: coat of arms (bottom)
  • Fol. 5: "blank"
  • Fol. 6: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 7: coat of arms (top)
  • Fol. 8: letters
  • Fol. 9: small unidentifiable part of a watermark
  • Fol. 10: letters
  • Fol. 11: letters
  • Fol. 12: coat of arms (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 13: "blank"
  • Fol. 14: "blank"
  • Fol. 15: "blank"
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: coat of arms (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 18: coat of arms (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 19: large round watermark
  • Fol. 20: large round watermark
  • Fol. 21: coat of arms (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 22: coat of arms (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 23: coat of arms (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 24: coat of arms (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 25: coat of arms (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 26: coat of arms (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 27: coat of arms (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 28: coat of arms (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 29: "blank"
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: [unidentifiable watermark]

There is later foliation in pencil in the top right-hand corners (1-31).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-7 (1, 2+6, 3+5, 4, 7) (2 bifolia, 3 singletons)
  • Quire II: fols. 8-13 (8, 9, 10+11, 12, 13) (1 bifolium, 4 singletons)
  • Quire III: fols. 14-20 (14, 15+18, 16+17, 19+20) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia) Note: Both fols. 15+18 and 16+17 have been joined during restoration. Fol. 19+20 form an original bifolium.
  • Quire IV: fols. 21-26 (21+24, 22+23, 25+26) (3 bifolia) Note: The bifolia 21+24 and 25+26 have been joined during restoration so that they can serve as the center of the quire.
  • Quire V: fols. 27-31 (27+28, 29, 30, 31) (1 bifolium, 3 singletons)
There are no quire signatures.There are no catchwords.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • Except for fol. 1, the leaves are exceptionally clean.
The text is written in one column. 35-140 mm x 85 mm5-194-7
Árni Magnússon Kurrent Major
Info: Árni Magnússon wrote most parts of the manuscript.
Þórður Þórðarson Kurrent Minor
Info: Þórður Þórðarson wrote most of fols. 8r-10v, but most likely not the first line of the text on fol. 8r.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: An unidentified hand, probably one of Árni Magnússon's scribes, wrote fols. 19r-19v.
Unknown Kurrent Minor
Info: An unidentified hand, probably one of Árni Magnússon's scribes, wrote most of fols. 21r-27v.
  • Paratext: In the part written by Árni Magnússon's scribes, some rubrics are emphasised by means of chancery script.
  • Fol. 1 is an added slip, on which Árni Magnússon has written about the exemplar:
    "Þetta hier innlagt er ur Hölms-bökinne."
  • Fol. 31 is a narrower slip. On the recto-side there is writing running perpendicularly. The text is the beginning of a promissory note in the hand of Árni Magnússon for someone owing him money. On the verso-side, parts of
    "Karla Mag[nus] Saga ex membranâ"
    are visible in Árni Magnússon's hand.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was probably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the beginning of the eighteenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 350-351).
Árni Magnússon wrote and commissioned the codicological unit for his own usage.

Former Physical Context:
  • In 1730 this codicological unit was not registered.


Last update: 2015.
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