Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 114 8vo
AM 114 8vo (1661, Iceland)
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
1. (1r-16v) Kjalnesinga saga Icelandic Hier Byrjar Søguna af Bwa Jslendinge hinum Eynräda Helge Biölan Son Ketels flatnefs er mikil ætt frä honum kominn. og lukum vier þar Kialnesinga søgu. 2. (16v-22r) Jökuls þáttur Búasonar Icelandic Hier efter byrjast sagann af Jøkle Búa syne. Jøkle þötte nu so Illt verk sitt og lykur so hier frä Jókli ad segja Bua sine Anno: 1661 þann 4.da November Note: Fol. 22v was originally blank.
i, 22, i157 mm x 96-100 mm
The watermark is a small foolscap in a collar with five bells, possibly with a chain. The countermark consists of several letters. Due to the condition of the paper, the watermark is difficult to see. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: foolscap (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 2: letters
  • Fol. 3: letters
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 5: foolscap (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 6: letters
  • Fol. 7: letters
  • Fol. 8: foolscap (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: foolscap (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 11: foolscap (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 12: letters [off centre]
  • Fol. 13: letters [off centre]
  • Fol. 14: foolscap (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 15: foolscap (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: letters
  • Fol. 18: foolscap (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 19: foolscap (top, smaller part) (?)
  • Fol. 20: foolscap (top, larger part) (?)
  • Fol. 21: foolscap (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 22: letters

There is later foliation in different hands (1-20). In black ink, every fifth folio number (and possibly 22 on the last leaf, which is largely damaged) was written in the top outer corner. Two different hands have then added the missing numbers in the equivalent corner using black and grey ink. Finally, the number 22 was written in pencil underneath the foliation number of the first leaf.
There are three 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. 17-22 (17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably and show many stains, e.g. from ink.
  • The leaves are partially untrimmed.
  • The edges of many leaves have been repaired.
  • Fol. 16 has been separated from fol. 9, the other half of the original bifolium. It is now rejoined after restoration. Note: Since the leaf appears to have been cut off, it is possible that the bifolium was intended to be dismembered in order to separate the two texts into individual CUs.
The text is written in one column. 142 mm x 85 mm30-359-10
Brynjólfur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials are decorated by means of bolder lines and additional strokes. At the beginning of the texts, the initials span 2-3 lines. At chapter beginnings, the first letters are only slightly emphasised.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and first lines of each section are written in a more decorative script.
  • Frieze: There are small tailpieces at the end of the texts (resembling a cursive letter "C").
  • On fol. 22v, there are many later pen trials in different kinds of ink. Most of them are a version of the owner's note:
    "Hallur Biarnarson ä þessa Bök med Riettu enn Einginn annar huorr sem vannar þann 30 Aprilis Anno 1665"
  • The lower part of fol. 22r also contains later pen trials.
  • There is some younger marginalia in the upper part of the outer margin on fol. 19v. This writing seems to be partly cut off.

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards made by Birgitte Dall in 1977. Before, the manuscript was bound in a grey cardboard binding with blank, slightly bluish hand made paper as the pastedowns. On the front cover, the number
was written in the top left-hand corner using black ink. Moreover, remnants of the number
in brown ink can be seen in that corner. On the spine, there are two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number. This older binding is kept in the same box as the manuscript.
  • An AM-slip (157 mm x 105 mm) is located in front of the manuscript. Árni Magnússon has written on it:
    "Ur qvere Halldors Þorbergssonar er Mag. Biỏrn liedi mier, þar var ä Sagan af Bua og Jokle Bua Syne Sniasqvædi, Kỏtludraumur, Annar partur Eddu. Grænlandz saga Biỏrns ä Skardzä og fleira rusl."
    The slip is made from an old envelope. On the verso-side, part of the address, folding lines and some remnants of a red applied seal (possibly shellac) are still visible. The legible part of the address reads:
    "Þurydi Arnadotter Minne Elskulegri Velgiórda systur ad Sæboli ä Jngialldssandi er þetta Blad af astseme allkiærlega Thilteyknad(?) og Sentt"
  • A loose slip kept in the front of the manuscript contains information on the restoration done in Copenhagen:
    "AM 114.8vo. Restaureret og indbundet af Birgitte Dall marts 1977. Ældre bind vedlagt."
The codicological unit was written in Iceland in 1661 (see colophon).
The first known owner is a certain Hallur Bjarnarson who claimed the codicological unit in 1665, i.e. only a few years after it was written. Árni Magnússon borrowed the codicological unit as part of a booklet from bishop Björn Þorleifsson. Ultimately, Árni associates the larger volume with Halldór Þorbergsson.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms96.

Last update: 2015.
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