Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 53 8vo
AM 53 8vo (1601-1700, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-23v) Kristinréttur Árna biskups Icelandic Hier Byriar vpp hinn Nyia Kristinns Doms Riettur þann er herra Jon Erki biskup saman sette, og logtekinn er vmm Skalholtz Biskups Dæme 2. (23v-51r) Kirkjuskipanir Icelandic Note: Fol. 51v is blank.
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There is pagination in black ink in the top outer corner of every recto-page (1-51).
There are eight quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia) Note: Fol. 7 originally belonged to this quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 7-15 (7, 8+15, 9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (1 singleton, 4 bifolia) Note: Fol. 7 originally belonged to the previous quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 16-23 (16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (4 bifolia) Note: The bifolium 16+23 has been repaired at the spine. However, this could be an original quire according to the watermarks.
  • Quire IV: fols. 24-31 (24+31, 25+30, 26+29, 27+28) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 32-39 (32+39, 33+38, 34+37, 35+36) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 40-47 (40+45, 41+44, 42+43, 46, 47) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 46 and 47 originally belonged to quire VII, which is short of the last two leaves.
  • Quire VII: fols. 48-51 (48+51, 49+50) (2 bifolia) Note: This is an incomplete quire. Originally, fols. 46 and 47 formed the outermost two bifolia together with two more leaves (now missing).
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page except for at the end of a text.
  • The paper is relatively dark and shows several stains.
  • Most leaves are trimmed, but a few edges were missed.
  • The openings fols. 7v-8r, 15v-16r, 23v-24r, 31v-32v, 39v-40r and 45v-46r are slightly darker than the other pages, indicating the original quire boundaries. Note: Fol. 1r is similarly dirty, but fol. 51v is cleaner.
  • Some leaves were repaired in modern times using Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 80 mm19-258-12
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 first initial (H) spans 4 lines and is decorated by means of double lines with cross strokes inside. Other initials usually span 1-2 lines (sometimes 3-4) and are emphasised by means of additional loops and squiggles.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written in a more decorative version of chancery script.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are written in kurrent script and are decorated with a squiggle or zigzag-line to the left and underneath it.
  • Paratext: The end of the text is written in the shape of half a diamond.
  • Frieze: At the end of the text, there is a small tailpiece resembling a modern @-sign.
  • The scribe has made some additions and corrections in the margins.
  • A later hand has added a few corrections and chapter numbers in the margins.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. It was made by Birgitte Dall in 1980 (see accMat).
Before, the manuscript was bound in a dark half binding from Kristian Kålund's time (ca. 1911-1913). The older binding has blue and brown marbled paper on the boards and is kept separately in a box with other older bindings.
Even earlier than that, the manuscript was bound in a parchment binding from Árni Magnússon's time (ca. 1700-1730) with reused leaves from a Latin ecclesiastical manuscript on the boards (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 360). The leaves were taken of under Kristian Kålund and are now stored in AM Access. 7 d (Hs 28). now
  • An AM-slip (131 mm x 77 mm) is attached in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Kristin Rettur Jons Erki biskups med hende Eggerts, gamla, ä ỏkrum, ur bok er eg feck fra Skapta Josefssyne."
  • A loose slip with information on the restoration done in Copenhagen is stuck into the manuscript. It reads:
    "AM 53 8vo. Restaureret og indbundet på Birgitte Dalls værksted juni 1980. Vedlagt: Ældre bind."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 360).
Árni Magnússon received the manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part, in 1712 from Skapti Jósefsson (see accMat).

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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