Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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AM 440 b 12mo
AM 440 b 12mo
Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík
This manuscript consists of 2 parts.
Codex
Paper
i, 41, i

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. The binding is from Kristian Kålund's time, i.e. ca. 1883-1919. This older binding is kept together with the manuscript, but in a separate blue box.
AM 440 b 12mo CU1 (1601-1700, Iceland)
1. (1r-28r:13) Partalopa rímur (defective) Icelandic Rimur Af Partalopa Note: There is at least one lacuna after fol. 8v, probably spanning one leaf. 2. (28r:14-29v) Verse Icelandic Eitt Qvæde fallegt
Codex
Paper
2992 mm x 76-82 mmNote: The first 17 leaves are the smallest, while fols. 18-29 are wider.
In the first quire (fols. 1-8) hardly any signs of a watermark or chain-lines are visible due to the condition of the paper. The chain-lines appear to be horizontal. On fols. 9-17, the chain-lines run horizontally, and on fol. 17, there is possibly a lily.
On fols. 18-29, the watermark is possibly a foolscap and the chain-lines run horizontally.

There is later foliation in black ink in the bottom margins (1-29).
There are four 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. 9-16 (9+16, 10+15, 11+14, 12+13) (4 bifolia) Note: This quire used to consist of 5 bifolia, with fol. 17 of the following quire in the outermost bifolium. Its counterpart, which used to be in front of fol. 9, is now missing.
  • Quire III: fols. 17-24 (17+24, 18+23, 19+22, 20+21) (4 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during conservation. Fol. 17 used to be part of the previous quire. The original quire structure cannot be recreated as the watermarks are unclear and some leaves may be missing.
  • Quire IV: fols. 25-29 (25+28, 26+27, 29) (2 bifolia, 1 singleton) Note: The leaves of the two bifolia have been joined during conservation and fol. 29 is now attached to fol. 28. The original quire structure cannot be recreated.
There are no quire signatures.There are pseudo-catchwords on most recto-pages.
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • The leaves are untrimmed.
  • All leaves are rather dirty and there are many stains. Most promenently, there is a dark stain in the top outer corners of fols. 1-17, all of which are damaged.
  • The fore-edges of fols. 1 and 29 have been repaired with Japanese paper.
  • Many leaves have been repaired close to the spine.
  • Fol. 29v is mostly illegible, because the ink is fading and the paper has darkened.
The text is written in one column. 75-80 mm x 70-75 mm14-173-5Note: The end of a long line is at times marked with two vertical strokes.
Unknown Hybrida Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is written barely larger than the rest of the text.
  • Árni Magnússon has added
    "Þorvalldz Rỏgv. s."
    to the bottom margin of fol. 1r.
  • Another hand has added
    "Parta lopa Rimur"
    to the right side of the rubric on fol. 1r.
  • A different hand has added some lines of text to the bottom of fols. 24v-25r. The same hand has made some corrections here and there.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 286).
It is hitherto unknown how and when Árni Magnússon came into the possession of this codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
AM 440 b 12mo CU2 (1601-1700, Iceland)
3. (30r-36v) Verse Icelandic Eytt heylagt kvædi 4. (37r-39r:7) Verse Icelandic Annad Kvæde Note: The lower half of fol. 39v was originally blank. 5. (39v-41v) Verse Icelandic [no rubric] O þu galenn fiall fäla
Codex
Paper
12102 mm x 80 mm
Due to the condition of the paper, no watermark can be identified, but occasionally it can be seen that chain-lines run vertically.

There is later foliation in black ink in the bottom margins (30-41).
There are two quires:
  • Quire V: fols. 30-35 (30+35, 31+34, 32+33) (3 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during restoration, but this may have been an original quire.
  • Quire VI: fols. 36-41 (36+41, 37+40, 38+39) (3 bifolia) Note: The leaves have been joined during restoration, but this may have been an original quire.
There are no quire signatures.There are catchwords on most pages (except for at the end of a text).
  • The leaves have darkened considerably.
  • Many edges have been repaired with Japanese paper, and at times, part of the writing is damaged.
  • Prior to the repairs, the leaves were untrimmed.
  • Fols. 30r, 35v-36r and 41v are darker and slightly dirtier than the other pages.
  • Especially on fol. 36r, the ink is fading.
The text is written in one column. 85 mm x 65 mm17-194-6
Unknown Chancery Sole
  • Initial: The first initial is damaged, but other initials are written somewhat larger (1-2 lines) and are often decorated with additional lines and dots or squiggles.
  • Paratext: The catchwords are decorated with an angled or curved line.
  • Border: On fol. 36v at the end of the text, there is a decorative border line consisting of a top and bottom rule and a curly line in the middle.
  • Other: As an insertion mark, the scribe drew four small crosses arranged in a diamond shape (fol. 34r).
  • There are many pen trials in at least one later hand in the outer and bottom margins of fol. 38v as well as on the previously blank lower half of fol. 39r. The name
    "Eynar Jonsson"
    can be read several times.
  • On fol. 39r, an unknown hand has added a little drawing of a face with long hair and something coming out of the mouth or going into the mouth.
There is no additional material.
The codicological unit was presumably written in Iceland. Kålund dates it to the seventeenth century (Kålund 1889-1894, 2: 486).
It is hitherto unknown how and when Árni Magnússon came into the possession of this codicological unit.

Former Physical Context:
Last update: 2016.
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