Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 118 a 8vo
AM 118 a 8vo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 3 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 128, i

The manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards from 1970.

A loose slip with information about the restoration in Copenhagen is kept in front of the manuscript. It reads:
"AM 118 8vo. Restaureret og indbundet september 1970. Vedlagt: Ældre bind + lægfordeling."
AM 118 a 8vo CU1 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (1r-68v) Adonias saga Icelandic Addonyus saga Note: The first 6 lines on fol. 1r and the last 16 lines on fol. 68v are crossed out. The crossed-out lines on fol. 1r contained the end of Sigurðar saga fóts (now found in AM 588 p 8vo), and the lower part of fol. 68v contained the original beginning of Bevers saga (now found in AM 118 a 8vo CU2). Fol. 24 is blank.
Codex
Paper
6895-151 mm x 75-100 mmNote: Fols. 17, 21, 22, 25 are ca. 15 mm shorter than the regular size, and fols. 18, 19, 20, 23, 24 are again smaller, measuring only ca. 95 x 75 mm.
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There is later foliation in purple ink (1-68) in the middle of the top or bottom margin.
There are nine 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. 17-25 (17+25, 18, 19+24, 20+23, 21+22) (4 bifolia, 1 singleton)
  • Quire IV: fols. 26-33 (26+33, 27+32, 28+31, 29+30) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire V: fols. 34-41 (34+41, 35+40, 36+39, 37+38) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VI: fols. 42-49 (42+49, 43+48, 44+47, 45+46) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VII: fols. 50-57 (50+57, 51+56, 52+55, 53+54) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire VIII: fols. 58-65 (58+65, 59+64, 60+63, 61+62) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire [IX:] fols. 66-68 (66, 67, 68) (3 singletons) Note: The singletons used to form three bifolia together with fols. 72, 73, 74 of AM 118 a 8vo CU2. During later repair, the leaves have been joined again.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides, sometimes on the recto-sides of the leaves instead.
  • Many leaves have been repaired at the spine, mostly with Japanese paper.
  • Some leaves show large repairs at the front or bottom edge.
  • Fol. 22 shows a large horizontal folding line, which has been repaired.
  • There are many stains.
  • The leaves have been washed, but are still rather dark. Especially the openings fols. 8v-9r, 16v-17r, 25v-26r, 33v-34r, 41v-42r, 49v-50r, 57v-58r, 66v-67r and fol. 1r.
The text is written in one column. 130-135 mm x 90-95 mm27-287-10
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-4 lines and are decorated using bold lines, additional strokes and partly other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • A later hand has added
    "109"
    in the top margin of fol. 1r above the crossed-out text.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


AM 118 a 8vo CU2 (1660-1663, Iceland)
2. (69av-110v:15) Bevers saga Icelandic Hier byriast Biefus Saga Note: Fols. 69v and 69ar are blank. The last 14 lines on fol. 110v are crossed out. They contained the beginning of Konráðs saga keisarasonar, which is now preserved in AM 119 a 8vo CU4.
Codex
Paper
43146-151 mm x 100 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There is later foliation in purple ink (70-110) in the middle of the top or bottom margin. A later hand has added the foliation in pencil on the added leaves (69 and 69a).
There are six quires:
  • Quire IX: fols. 69-74 (69+69a, 70+71, 72, 73, 74) (2 bifolia, 3 singletons) Note: The bifolium 70+71 has been repaired but is an original bifolium. The singletons 72, 73, 74 used to form the three outermost bifolia of the quire together with fols. 66, 67 and 68 from the previous CU. When the texts were separated, the additional bifolium 69+69a was inserted. During later conservation, fols. 72-74 have been rejoined with their original counterparts.
  • Quire X: fols. 75-82 (75+82, 76+81, 77+80, 78+79) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XI: fols. 83-90 (83+90, 84+89, 85+88, 86+87) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XII: fols. 91-98 (91+98, 92+97, 93+96, 94+95) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XIII: fols. 99-106 (99, 100+105, 101+104, 102+103, 106) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 99 and 106 used to form the outermost bifolium of this quire.
  • Quire XIV: fols. 107-110 (107, 108, 109, 110) (4 singletons) Note: The singletons used to form bifolia together with the first four leaves in AM 119 a 8vo CU4.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides, sometimes on the recto-sides of the leaves instead.
  • Many leaves have been repaired at the spine, mostly with Japanese paper.
  • Some leaves show large repairs at the front or bottom edge.
  • There are many stains.
  • The leaves have been washed, but are still rather dark. This is especially true for the openings fols. 74v-75r, 82v-83r, 90v-91r, 106v-107r, which are at original quire boundaries.
  • The openings at the centre of the quires are also slightly darker and the script is somewhat fading.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 90 mm28-309-11
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-3 lines and are decorated using bold lines, additional strokes and partly other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • The bifolium fols. 69-69a is a later addition. Árni Magnússon has written
    "Befus Saga."
    on fol. 69r and a different hand, possibly one of his scribes, has written the beginning of the text on fol. 69av. Note: The text is copied from fol. 68v of AM 118 a CU1.
  • There are a few later additions in the margins.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


AM 118 a 8vo CU3 (1660-1663, Iceland)
3. (111r-128r) Viktors saga og Blávus Icelandic Sagann af Blaus og Victor Note: The text on fol. 127v is crossed out. It contained the beginning of Bærings saga, which is now found in AM 118 a 8vo CU2.
Codex
Paper
18150 mm x 98 mm
The watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper.

There is later foliation in purple in the middle of the bottom margins (111-126). This foliation has been corrected twice with pencil. The latest foliation counts 111-127, including 111a.
There are three quires:
  • Quire XV: fols. 111-113 (111-111a, 112, 113) (1 bifolium, 2 singletons) Note: The bifolium 111+111a was added later. Fols. 112 and 113 may have formed a short quire before.
  • Quire XVI: fols. 114-121 (114+121, 115+120, 116+119, 117+118) (4 bifolia)
  • Quire XVII: fol. 122-127 (122+127, 123+126, 124+125) (3 bifolia)
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides, sometimes on the recto-sides of the leaves instead.
  • Some leaves have been repaired at the spine, mostly with Japanese paper.
  • Some leaves show large repairs at the front or bottom edge.
  • There are many stains.
  • The leaves have been washed, but are still rather dark. This is especially true for the openings fols. 113v-114r, 121v-83r and fol. 127v, which are at original quire boundaries.
  • The openings at the centre of quires are also slightly darker and the script is somewhat fading.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 90 mm30-3310-11
Ólafur Jónsson Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-3 lines and are decorated using bold lines, additional strokes and partly other flourishing and dots.
  • Paratext: The rubrics are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
There are no later additions.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 396), whereas Lise Præstgaard Andersen specifies that it must have been written before 1663 (Lise Prætgaard Andersen 1983, xl-xliv).
It is hitherto unknown when or how Árni Magnússon received the larger manuscript, of which this codicological unit was a part.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms15.


Last update: 2016.
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