Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 119 a 8vo
AM 119 a 8vo
Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen
This manuscript consists of 4 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 127, i

The current binding is a modern half binding with fabric on the boards. Note: The current flyleaves belong to this binding.
Before, the manuscript was bound in a cardboard binding with marbled paper on the boards. The flyleaves and pastedowns of the older binding are blank. On the flyleaves, parts of two different countermarks (the letters
"ÅÖ"
and
"IL"
) can be read.
AM 119 a 8vo CU1 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (1r:1-46r:23) Elís saga og Rósamundu Icelandic Eles Saga Heijred Hosker menn fægra fræsỏgn af eynum dyrdlegumm og heidarlegum hertugæ þad ueite os Iesus Christus án enda og läte oss alla þangat venda Amen
Codex
Paper
46155 mm x 102 mm
There are different watermarks, but due to the condition of the paper, some of them are difficult to see. The first watermark is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: "blank"
  • Fol. 2: foolscap (bottom, smaller part)
  • Fol. 3: foolscap (top, smaller part)
  • Fol. 4: foolscap (top, larger part)
  • Fol. 5: foolscap (bottom, larger part)
  • Fol. 6: "blank"
  • Fol. 7: [watermark] (small part)
  • Fol. 8: [watermark]
  • Fol. 9: "blank"
  • Fol. 10: [watermark]
  • Fol. 11: "blank"
  • Fol. 12: "blank"?
  • Fol. 13: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 14: "blank"?
  • Fol. 15: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 16: "blank"
  • Fol. 17: [large watermark]
  • Fol. 18: [large watermark]
  • Fol. 19: "blank"
  • Fol. 20: "blank"
  • Fol. 21: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 22: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 23: "blank"
  • Fol. 24: "blank"
  • Fol. 25: "blank"
  • Fol. 26: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 27: [watermark]?
  • Fol. 28: [watermark]
  • Fol. 29: "blank"
  • Fol. 30: "blank"
  • Fol. 31: ?
  • Fol. 32: [watermark]
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: "blank"
  • Fol. 35: ?
  • Fol. 36: ?
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 38: "blank"
  • Fol. 39: ?
  • Fol. 40: [watermark]
  • Fol. 41: ?
  • Fol. 42: "blank"
  • Fol. 43: [watermark]
  • Fol. 44: [watermark]
  • Fol. 45: ?
  • Fol. 46: "blank"?

There is later foliation in purple in the top left-hand corners (1-46).
There are nine quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-6 (1+6, 2+5, 3+4) (3 bifolia)
  • Quire II: fols. 7-8 (7+8) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves have been joined during later repair. Originally, fol. 7 was part of the preceding quire and fol. 8 of the following.
  • Quire III: fols. 9-14 (9+14, 10+13, 11+12) (3 bifolia) Note: All leaves were repaired close to the spine, but form original bifolia. This quire used to contain one more bifolium: 8+15.
  • Quire IV: fols. 15-24 (15+24, 16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20) (5 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired close to the fold, but some of the bifolia (e.g. 19+20), are still connected. Originally, this was a quire of four bifolia: 16+23, 17+22, 18+21, 19+20.
  • Quire V: fols. 25-30 (25+30, 26+29, 27+28) (3 bifolia) Note: Originally, fol. 24 from the previous quire and fol. 31 from the following formed the outermost bifolium of this quire.
  • Quire VI: fols. 31+32 (31+32) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves have been joined. Originally, they formed part of the preceding and following quires.
  • Quire VII: fols. 33-38 (33+38, 34+37, 35+36) (3 bifolia) Note: Originally, fol. 32 from the previous quire and fol. 39 from the following formed the outermost bifolium of this quire.
  • Quire VIII: fols. 39-40 (39+40) (1 bifolium) Note: The leaves have been joined. Originally, they formed part of the preceding and following quires.
  • Quire IX: fols. 41-46 (41+46, 42+45, 43+44) (3 bifolia) Note: Originally, fol. 40 from the previous quire and fol. 48 of AM 119 a 8vo CU2 formed the outermost bifolium of this quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on all verso-sides of the leaves.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • Especially at original quire boundaries and at times at the centre of the quires, the pages are dirty and the script is fading.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and most corners are damaged or have been cut.
  • Most leaves have been repaired close to the spine using Japanese paper.
  • There are modern repairs here and there at the edges and the corners.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 95 mm28-298-10
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 and the first lines of sections 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: 402), 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. The fols. 16-23 were for some time placed with AM 146 a 8vo, but had been moved back in 1894 (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 402).

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


AM 119 a 8vo CU2 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (47v:1-80r:29) Gibbons saga Icelandic Gibbons saga Vilhialmur hefur kongur heitid styrdi Synum Rykium medmd og æru og lykir hier þetta æfintyr Fynis Note: The original rubric ("Hier eptir Biriast sagan af Gybbon", fol. 46r of AM 119 a 8vo CU1) and the beginning of the text (on fol. 46v of AM 119 a 8vo CU1) were crossed out. As a replacement, the leaves [47a] and 47 were added to the manuscript. On the verso-side of fol. 47, the beginning of the text was copied (see additions). The lower half of fol. 54v is blank, fol. 68 was originally blank, and fol. 69 was mostly blank except for seven lines of writing on its recto-side. Fol. 80v contained the beginning of Sigurðar saga fóts. The 26 lines were crossed out with three long lines. The text is now found in AM 588 p 4to CU1.
Codex
Paper
35155 mm x 95-100 mm
For most parts, the watermark cannot be identified due to the condition of the paper. In quires III-IV, a large symmetrical watermark, possibly a crown, is visible.
The leaves [47a] and 47 show different countermarks. On fol. [47a],
"VI(?)"
can be made out, while the mark on fol. 47 reads
"HDARY"
.

There is later foliation in purple ink in the top left-hand corners starting on fol. 48r (1-33).There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom right-hand corners (47-80), not foliating the first leaf of the added bifolium.
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. [47a]-50 ([47a], 47, 48+49, 50) (1 bifolia, 3 singleton) Note: The leaves [47a] and 47 are later additions and have been joined to form a bifolium. Fols. 48 and 49 have also been joined during conservation. Originally, fol. 48 was the last leaf in the final quire of AM 119 a 8vo CU1 and fols. 49-50 were part of the following quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 51-54 (51+54, 52+53) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired close to the spine. Originally, fols. 49-50 were part of this quire, presumably as singletons: 49, 50, 51+54, 52+53.
  • Quire III: fols. 55-62 (55+62, 56+61, 57+60, 58+69) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire IV: fols. 63-69 (63+69, 64, 65+68, 66+67) (3 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: Fol. 64 is attached to fol. 68v. Originally, fols. 70-71 also belonged to this quire, probably as a bifolium: 63+69, 64, 65+68, 66+67, 70+71.
  • Quire V: fols. 70-79 (70, 71+80, 72+79, 73+78, 74+77, 75+76) (1 singleton, 5 bifolia) Note: Only fols. 72-79 form original bifolia and used to be in a quire of four. Fols. 70-71 once belonged to the preceding quire and fol. 80 used to be part of the first quire of the current AM 588 p 4to CU1.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides of the leaves.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • Especially at original quire boundaries and at times at the centre of the quires, the pages are dirty and the script is fading.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and most corners are damaged or have been cut.
  • Most leaves have been repaired close to the spine using Japanese paper.
  • There are modern repairs here and there at the edges and the corners.
  • On fols. 55-62, the ink bleeds through the paper.
The text is written in one column. 130 mm x 90 mm24-277-9
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 and the first lines of sections are written larger than the main text.
  • Paratext: Some catchwords are decorated with a line to the left or below the catchword.
  • The leaves [47a] and 47 are a later addition by Árni Magnússon. One of his scribes copied the beginning of the text from fol. 46v of the previous CU onto fol. 47v. Árni Magnússon has added the rubric
    "Gibbons saga."
    He has written the same title on top of fol. [47ar].
  • On the originally blank fol. 68r a later hand has has added in brown ink:
    "Þessa Bök ä Oläfur Jons son huoria hann hefur sialfur samann skrifad. Olafur Jons son med Annars hendi"
    .
  • On the originally blank lower half of fol. 69r, the same hand that has added the ownership note to fol. 68r copied the first two and a half lines from fol. 70r.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 402), 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. The only other known owner is the scribe Ólafur Jónsson (see additions).

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


AM 119 a 8vo CU3 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (81r:1-100v:11) Partalopa saga Icelandic Partalopa Saga byriast her. Svo er sagt ad firir Miklagarde ried sa keisare er Saragus hiet, hans dotter het Mar=moria og morgum odrum storlaundum og lykur So Sogu fratal og giefe gud oss goda daga firir vtan enda Amen Note: Fols. 81-82 were added later. Fol. 81 contains the beginning of the saga in the hand of Árni Magnússon, while fol. 82 is blank. The original beginning of Partalopa saga is preserved in AM 109 a 8vo III CU7. The last 20 lines of fol. 100v are crossed out. They contained the beginning of Viktors saga og Blávus, which is now found in AM 118 a 8vo CU3.
Codex
Paper
20152 mm x 100 mm
The watermark in the original leaves cannot be determined due to the condition of the paper.
There are no watermarks (but vertical chain-lines) visible on the added bifolium 81-82.

There is later foliation in purple in the top left-hand corners starting on fol. 83r (1-18).There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom outer corners (81-100).
There are four quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 81-82 (81+82) (1 bifolium) Note: This bifolium is a later addition. During conservation, fol. 70 of AM 119 a 8vo CU2 has been attached to the outside of this bifolium.
  • Quire II: fols. 83-86 (83+86, 84+85) (2 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 87-93 (87, 88+93, 89+92, 90+91) (1 singleton, 3 bifolia) Note: Originally, fol. 94 was also part of this quire, forming a bifolium together with fol. 87.
  • Quire IV: fols. 94-96 (94, 95+96) (1 singleton, 1 bifolium) Note: Fol. 94 used to be part of the previous quire. The bifolium 95+96 was joined during restoration and used to be part of the outermost two bifolia in the following quire.
  • Quire V: fols. 97-100 (97+100, 98+99) (2 bifolia) Note: Fol. 98+99 form an original bifolium and used to be at the centre of a larger quire, to which fols. 95 and 96 belonged as well as the first leaves of AM 109 a 8vo III CU7.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most verso-sides f the leaves.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • Especially at original quire boundaries and at times at the centre of the quires, the pages are dirty and the script is fading.
  • There are larger discolorations close to the fore-edge of some leaves.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and most corners are damaged or have been cut.
  • Most leaves have been repaired close to the spine using Japanese paper.
  • There are modern repairs here and there at the edges and the corners.
  • The inner margin of fol. 83r is damaged and has been repaired where the added bifolium used to be glued on.
The text is written in one column. 135 mm x 90-95 mm27-298-10
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 and the first lines of sections 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. 81-82 is an addition by Árni Magnússon. He copied the beginning of the saga onto fols. 81r:1-81v:5.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 402), 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 119 a 8vo CU4 (1660-1663, Iceland)
1. (100av:1-125v:9) Konráðs saga keisarasonar Icelandic Konrads Saga. 1 Cap Þad er upphaf þessrar frasögu Sydann og prydde þenann Rausnsamasta kong þessvm ordum og er nu hier lokid þessare frasogn Note: The bifolium fols. 100a+101 is a later addition by Árni Magnússon. One of his scribes copied the beginning of the saga onto fol. 100av. The original beginning is now found in AM 118 a 8vo CU2. The last seventeen lines on fol. 125v are crossed out. They contained the beginning of Hjálmþérs saga og Ölvers, which is now found in AM 109 a 8vo III CU7.
Codex
Paper
26145-155 mm x 100 mm
The watermark in the original leaves cannot be determined due to the condition of the paper.
The watermark in the added bifolium 100a+101 is a coat of arms of Amsterdam. The lower part is visible, and underneath the watermark the letters
"cVA"
can be read.

There is later foliation in purple in the top left-hand corners starting on fol. 102r (1-24).There is later foliation in pencil in the bottom right-hand corners (100a-125).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 100a-101 (100a+101) (1 bifolium) Note: This is a later addition. The leaves have been repaired at the spine, but probably form an original bifolium.
  • Quire II: fols. 102-105 (102+105, 103+104) (2 bifolia) Note: All leaves have been repaired close to the spine and joined into two bifolia. Originally, the singletons may have formed a full quaternion together with the four last leaves of the current AM 118 a 8vo CU2.
  • Quire III: fols. 106-113 (106+113, 107+112, 108+111, 109+110) (4 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been repaired, but this is most likely an original quire.
  • Quire IV: fols. 114-121 (114+121, 115+120, 116+119, 117+118) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire V: fols. 122-125 (122+125, 123+124) (2 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during later conservation. Originally, the leaves formed a quire of four bifolia together with the first four leaves in AM 109 a 8vo III CU7.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • Especially at original quire boundaries and at times at the centre of the quires, the pages are dirty and the script is fading.
  • There are larger discolorations close to the fore-edge of some leaves.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and most corners are damaged or have been cut.
  • Most leaves have been repaired close to the spine using Japanese paper.
  • There are modern repairs here and there at the edges and the corners.
The text is written in one column. 130-135 mm x 90-95 mm28-318-10
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 and the first lines of sections 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. 100a+101 was added by Árni Magnússon. One of his scribes copied the beginning of the saga onto fol. 100av, while Árni repeated the title on fol. 100ar:
    "Konrads Saga."
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was written in northern Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 402), 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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Den Arnamagnæanske Samling
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