Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 440 a 12mo
AM 440 a 12mo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
ii, 109, i97-105 mm x 81-84 mm
  • On the recto-side of the old (second) flyleaf (80 mm x 104 mm) in front of the manuscript, Árni Magnússon has added:
    "Jons Jons sonar ä Öfridarstỏdum. og ä ad skilast aptur."
    Underneath, a modern hand has written in pencil:
    "Har hengt sammen med bl. 105"
    . Note: The inner ca. 15 mm of this leaf are considerably darker and show traces of this part having been located on the spine. The remaining width of the leaf in front was then ca. 65 mm.
  • There are several lines of writing on the verso-side of the old front flyleaf, mostly attributing the manuscript to
    "Jon Jon sson"
    and differnt pen trials.

Today, the manuscript is bound in a modern half binding with fabric on the boards, stemming from Birgitte Dall's time. Before, the manuscript was bound in a dark half binding with brown and blue marbled paper on the boards. That binding is from Kristian Kålund's time, i.e. ca. 1883-1919, and is kept with the manuscript.

There are two A5-leaves, folded together. They contain copies of the handwritten quire structure that was made during the conservation in Copenhagen.
AM 440 a 12mo CU1 (1651-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-42r:10) Partalopa rímur Icelandic Rijmur Af Partalopa Note: There is a lacuna after fol. 8v. 2. (42r:11-43v) Verse Icelandic Eitt Kuæde Vm Sektatekt Valldsmanna a legordz malmumm
Codex
Paper
43
There are many different watermarks, not all of them identifiable. The details are:
  • Fol. 1: coat of arms of Amsterdam (smaller part of top)
  • Fol. 2: coat of arms of Amsterdam (larger part of bottom)
  • Fol. 3: "blank"?
  • Fol. 4: "blank"?
  • Fol. 5: "blank"?
  • Fol. 6: "blank"?
  • Fol. 7: "blank"?
  • Fol. 8: "blank"?
  • Fol. 9: "blank"?
  • Fol. 10: "blank"?
  • Fol. 11: "blank"?
  • Fol. 12: "blank"?
  • Fol. 13: "blank"?
  • Fol. 14: "blank"?
  • Fol. 15: "blank"?
  • Fol. 16: part of watermark
  • Fol. 17: part of watermark
  • Fol. 18: part of watermark
  • Fol. 19: part of watermark
  • Fol. 20: part of watermark
  • Fol. 21: part of watermark
  • Fol. 22: part of watermark
  • Fol. 23: "blank"?
  • Fol. 24: "blank"?
  • Fol. 25: countermark "CI" (part)
  • Fol. 26: countermark "CI" (part)
  • Fol. 27: "blank"?
  • Fol. 28: "blank"?
  • Fol. 29: other letters (part)
  • Fol. 30: other letters (part)
  • Fol. 31: 'fantastic' watermark ("dragon"?)
  • Fol. 32: "blank"
  • Fol. 33: "blank"
  • Fol. 34: 'fantastic' watermark
  • Fol. 35: "blank"
  • Fol. 36: "blank"
  • Fol. 37: "blank"
  • Fol. 38: "blank"
  • Fol. 39: different coat of arms of Amsterdam, part of crown?
  • Fol. 40: different coat of armsof Amsterdam, smaller part of lions?
  • Fol. 41: different coat of arms of Amsterdam, larger part of lions?
  • Fol. 42: larger part of top of different coat of arms of Amsterdam
  • Fol. 43: "blank" [bifolium with fol. 42]

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (1-43).
There are five quires:
  • Quire I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire II: fols. 9-22 (9+22, 10+21, 11+20, 12+19, 13+18, 14+17, 15+16) (7 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire III: fols. 23-30 (23, 24+29, 25+28, 26+27, 30) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 23 and 30 presumably used to form a bifolium.
  • Quire IV: fols. 31-38 (31, 32+37, 33+36, 34+35, 38) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 31 and 38 presumably once formed a bifolium.
  • Quire V: fols. 39-43 (39, 40, 41, 42+43) (3 singletons, 1 bifolium) Note: During modern repair, the singletons have been re-joined to three bifolia together with the three singletons in the first quire of AM 440 a 12mo CU2, with which they originally belonged together.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and their height varies.
  • The leaves are slightly dirty, especially at quire boundaries.
  • There is a lacuna after fol. 8v, so that most of the third ríma is missing.
  • Some leaves have been repaired at the spine and have been joined by means of Japanese paper.
The text is written in one column. 75-90 mm x 65-75 mm18-246-9Note: Verses are indicated by means of blank space and two strokes.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is written larger (3-4 lines) and is elaborately decorated by means of additional lines, curls and squiggles. Other initials span 1-2 lines, but are hardly decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and sometimes the first line of a section are written in chancery script.
  • A small slip (22 mm x 70 mm) is now pasted onto the inner margin of fol. 44r of AM 440 a 12mo CU2. It contains an addition to the text on fol. 43r-v in the hand of the scribe.
  • On top of fol. 1r, a later hand has added in pencil:
    "440A"
    .
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 486).
Árni Magnússon borrowed the manuscript from Jón Jónsson at Ófriðarstaðir.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms102.


AM 440 a 12mo CU2 (1651-1700, Iceland)
3. (44r-108v) Andra rímur Icelandic Note: Fols. 44r-44v:3 contain a long title and the beginning of a mansöng in the hand of the scribe. The lower part of fol. 44v and all of fol. 45 are blank. The lower part of fol. 108v and all of fol. 109 were originally blank.
Codex
Paper
66
There are many different watermarks, not all of them identifiable. The details are:
  • Fol. 44: "blank"
  • Fol. 45: small watermark part (bottom outer corner)
  • Fol. 46: "blank"
  • Fol. 47: "blank"
  • Fol. 48: "blank"
  • Fol. 49: "blank"
  • Fol. 50: "blank"
  • Fol. 51: "blank"
  • Fol. 52: "blank"
  • Fol. 53: 'fantastic' watermark ("dragon"?)
  • Fol. 54: "blank"
  • Fol. 55: "blank"
  • Fol. 56: 'fantastic' watermark
  • Fol. 57: "blank"
  • Fol. 58: "blank"
  • Fol. 59: "blank"
  • Fol. 60: "blank"
  • Fol. 61: part of foolscap (bottom, cross)
  • Fol. 62: part of foolscap (top, back)
  • Fol. 63: part of foolscap (top, front)
  • Fol. 64: part of foolscap (bottom, triangle)
  • Fol. 65: "blank"
  • Fol. 66: "blank"
  • Fol. 67: letters
  • Fol. 66: "blank"
  • Fol. 69: letters
  • Fol. 70: "blank"
  • Fol. 71: "blank"
  • Fol. 72: "blank"
  • Fol. 73: coat of arms (with a female figure?)
  • Fol. 74: coat of arms (with a female figure?)
  • Fol. 75: coat of arms (with a female figure?)
  • Fol. 76: coat of arms (with a female figure?)
  • Fol. 77: "blank"
  • Fol. 78: "blank"
  • Fol. 79: "blank"
  • Fol. 80: "blank"
  • Fol. 81: part of foolscap (bottom, triangle)
  • Fol. 82: "blank"
  • Fol. 83: "blank"
  • Fol. 84: part of foolscap (bottom, cross)
  • Fol. 85: "blank"
  • Fol. 86: "blank"
  • Fol. 87: "blank"
  • Fol. 88: "blank"
  • Fol. 89: letters in a frame
  • Fol. 90: part of foolscap (top, back)
  • Fol. 91: letters in a frame
  • Fol. 92: "blank"
  • Fol. 93: part of foolscap (top, front)
  • Fol. 94: "blank"
  • Fol. 95: "blank"
  • Fol. 96: "blank"
  • Fol. 97: large round watermark with coat of arms (lion) inside and lily on top
  • Fol. 98: small detail
  • Fol. 99: small detail
  • Fol. 100: "blank"
  • Fol. 101: large round watermark with coat of arms (lion) inside and lily on top
  • Fol. 102: "blank"
  • Fol. 103: "blank"
  • Fol. 104: "blank"
  • Fol. 105: large round watermark with coat of arms (lion) inside and lily on top. Note: This leaf once belonged together with the old flyleaf in front, which does not show any watermark but matching chain-lines.
  • Fol. 106: small detail
  • Fol. 107: small detail
  • Fol. 108: "blank"
  • Fol. 109: "blank"

There is later foliation in black ink in the top outer corners (44-109).
There are nine quires:
  • Quire VI: fols. 44-48 (44+45, 46, 47, 48) (1 bifolium, 3 singletons) Note: During modern repair, the singletons have been re-joined with the three singletons of the last quire in AM 440 a 12mo CU1, with which they originally belonged together. The bifolium 44+45 was potentially added later to the manuscript.
  • Quire VII: fols. 49-56 (49, 50+55, 51+54, 52+53, 56) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 49 and 56 probably used to form a bifolium.
  • Quire VIII: fols. 57-64 (57+64, 58+63, 59+62, 60+61) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire IX: fols. 65-72 (65+72, 66+71, 67+70, 68+69) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire X: fols. 73-80 (73+80, 74+79, 75+78, 76+77) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XI: fols. 81-88 (81+88, 82+87, 83+86, 84+85) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XII: fols. 89-96 (89, 90+95, 91+94, 92+93, 96) (3 bifolia, 2 singletons) Note: Fols. 89 and 96 probably once formed a bifolium.
  • Quire XIII: fols. 97-104 (97+104, 98+103, 99+102, 100+101) (4 bifolia) Note: This is an original quire.
  • Quire XIV: fols. 105-109 (105, 106+109, 107+108) (1 singleton, 2 bifolia) Note: Fol. 105 once formed a bifolium with the old flyleaf in front of the manuscript. This bifolium once surrounded the whole manuscript except for the last two bifolia, which were glued onto fol. 105v.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on every page.
  • The leaves are untrimmed and their height varies.
  • The leaves are slightly dirty, especially at quire boundaries.
  • Some leaves have been repaired at the spine and at times joined by means of Japanese paper.
  • In the last two quires, the leaves show a large stain of liquid close to the spine.
  • Similar to the recto-side of the old flyleaf, fol. 109v is considerably darker, indicating that it was at the outside of the unbound manuscript.
The text is written in one column. 75-90 mm x 65-75 mm18-246-9Note: Verses are indicated by means of blank space and two strokes.
Unknown Kurrent Sole
  • Initial: The initials span 1-2 lines, but are hardly decorated.
  • Paratext: The rubrics and sometimes the first line of a section are written in chancery script.
  • A small slip (22 mm x 70 mm) is now pasted onto the inner margin of fol. 44r, but belongs to the previous text (see above).
  • The bifolium 44+45 was possibly added after the initial copying of the manuscript.
The codicological unit was written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the end of the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 486).
Árni Magnússon borrowed the manuscript from Jón Jónsson at Ófriðarstaðir.

Former Physical Context:
  • When Árni Magnússon acquired the codicological unit it was part of Ms102.


Last update: 2016.
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