Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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				<title>AM 521 a 4to</title>

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				<msDesc xml:id="AM040521a" xml:lang="en">
						<repository ref="#AMIS">Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík</repository>
						<idno>AM 521 a 4to</idno>

					<msPart xml:id="AM040521aCU1"> 
							<idno>AM 521 a 4to CU1</idno>

							<msItem n="1">
								<locus from="1r" to="82v:4">1r-82v:4</locus>
								<title type="uniform">Ambáles saga</title>
								<textLang mainLang="is">Icelandic</textLang>
								<rubric>Saga af Amloda edur Ambal<del>a</del><add place="inline">e</add>s</rubric>
								<note>Most of fol. <locus>82r</locus> and all of fols. <locus>82v-84v</locus> are blank.</note>

							<objectDesc form="codex">
								<supportDesc material="chart">
										<num type="front-flyleaf" value="2"/>
										<num type="book-block" value="84"/>
										<num type="back-flyleaf" value="1"/>
										<dimensions type="leaf">
											<height unit="mm" quantity="210"/>  
											<width unit="mm" quantity="165"/>
										<watermark ana="yes">The watermark is a coat of arms of Amsterdam with the letters "AJ" underneath.
											The countermark consists of two letters ("AI"?)
											<p>The details are:
												<item>Fol. 1: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 2: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 3: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 4: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 5: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 6: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 7: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 8: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 9: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 10: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 11: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 12: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 13: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 14: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 15: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 16: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 17: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 18: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 19: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 20: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 21: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 22: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 23: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 24: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 25: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 26: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 27: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 28: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 29: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 30: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 31: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 32: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 33: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 34: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 35: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 36: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 37: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 38: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 39: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 40: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 41: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 42: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 43: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 44: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 45: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 46: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 47: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 48: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 49: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 50: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 51: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 52: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 53: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 54: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 55: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 56: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 57: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 58: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 59: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 60: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 61: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 62: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 63: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 64: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 65: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 66: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 67: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 68: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 69: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 70: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 71: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 72: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 73: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 74: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 75: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 76: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 77: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 78: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 79: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. 80: top</item>
													<item>Fol. 81: bottom</item>
													<item>Fol. 82: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. [83]: letters</item>
													<item>Fol. [84]: top</item>
											<p>The watermark on the flyleaves and the pastedowns is a foolscap in a collar with seven bells.</p>
									<foliation ana="later fol">There is later foliation in red ink in the top 
									outer margins (1-82).</foliation> 
										<p>There are twenty one quires: <list>
											<item>I: fols. 1-4 (1+4, 2+3) (2 bifolia)</item> 
											<item>II: fols. 5-8 (5+8, 6+7) (2 bifolia)</item> 
											<item>III: fols. 9-12 (9+12, 10+11) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>IV: fols. 13-16 (13+16, 14+15) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>V: fols. 17-20 (17+20, 18+19) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>VI: fols. 21-24 (21+24, 22+23) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>VII: fols. 25-28 (25+28, 26+27) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>VIII: fols. 29-32 (29+32, 30+31) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>IX: fols. 33-36 (33+36, 34+35) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>X: fols. 37-40 (37+40, 38+39) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XI: fols. 41-44 (41+44, 42+43) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XII: fols. 45-48 (45+48, 46+47) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XIII: fols. 49-52 (49+52, 50+51) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XIV: fols. 53-56 (53+56, 54+55) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XV: fols. 57-60 (57+60, 58+59) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XVI: fols. 61-64 (61+64, 62+63) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XVII: fols. 65-68 (65+68, 66+67) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XVIII: fols. 69-72 (69+72, 70+71) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XIX: fols. 73-76 (73+76, 74+75) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XX: fols. 77-80 (77+80, 78+79) (2 bifolia)</item>
											<item>XXI: fols. 81-[84] (81+[84], 82+[83]) (2 bifolia)</item>
										<signatures>There are no quire signatures.</signatures>
										<catchwords>There are catchwords on every page.</catchwords>
									<condition><p>The fore-edges of the leaves (and some lower edges) are untrimmed.</p>
									<p>In the outer margin of fol. <locus>1</locus>, an extensive part of the leaf (125 x 30mm) was cut out
									and a lighter piece of paper was glued onto the recto-side of the leaf.</p>
									<p>Some leaves are dirty, showing many stains (especially the last leaves, showing traces of mud or other dark liquid).</p>
									<p>The edges are somewhat darker than the rest of the leaves, and fol. <locus>1r</locus>
										is overall darker.</p>
									<p>The outer margins show a folding line (or dry ruling) indicating the boundary of the written area.</p></condition> 
									<layout columns="1" writtenLines="21 24">
										<num type="wpl" atLeast="7" atMost="9"/>
										<dimensions type="written">
											<height unit="mm" atLeast="165" atMost="170"/>
											<width unit="mm" quantity="120"/>

							<handDesc hands="1">
								<handNote scribeRef="unknown" scope="sole" script="kurrent"/>

							<decoDesc><decoNote type="initial">The first initial spans the equivalent of 3 lines and is decorated 
							using additional strokes. At other chapter beginnings, the first letter is somewhat more pronounced  and 
							larger, but does not exceed the writing line.</decoNote>
							<decoNote type="paratext">The rubrics and the very first line of text are written in chancery script.</decoNote>
							<decoNote type="paratext">Most catchwords are decorated with an angled line.</decoNote></decoDesc>
							<additions><p>The rubric on fol. <locus>1r</locus> may have been added somewhat later.</p>
							<p>There are a few later notes in brown ink in the margins.</p>
							<p>Some words and passages have been highlighted by means of underlining and marks in the margins, using pencil
							and black ink.</p></additions>
							<bindingDesc><binding><p>The manuscript is bound in a full binding made from light parchment
							on cardboard with parchment strips laced through the spine fold. On the spine, there is a sticker for the shelfmark, and another sticker for the running number
							left a mark but is not preserved. Instead, the number has been written onto the spine
							using black ink. The parchment shows traces of having been used previously (at least once) on a somewhat narrower,
							but possibly very thick manuscript. The pastedowns and flyleaves are made from blank paper with a foolscap
							watermark (see watermark).</p></binding>

								<p>An <locus from="accMat01r" to="accMat01v">AM-slip</locus>
									(<dimensions type="slip" unit="mm"><height>154</height><width>111</width></dimensions>) 
									is located in front of the manuscript. One of <name key="ArnMag001" type="person">Árni
										Magnússon</name>'s scribes has written on it: <q>Fra Sal<ex>ugum</ex> Assessor Thormod
											Torvesens Enke 1720.</q> Below, Árni has written: <q>Ur Num. 10.</q> and <q>Hun er t<ex>il</ex>forna komen fra mier.</q>
									The AM-slip shows a now horizontal folding line, on which seven stitching holes
									are visible in pairs.</p> <!-- the same slip (scribe, size, chain-lines, stitching line and fold) is found in AM 403 4to and AM 224 fol. -->

								<p>The codicological unit was presumably written in <origPlace key="IS DK">Iceland or Denmark</origPlace>. 
									Kålund dates it to the <origDate
										notBefore="1651" notAfter="1700">end of the seventeenth century</origDate>
									<bibl><ref target="KKKat">Katalog I</ref>, 
										<biblScope unit="page">674</biblScope></bibl>.</p>
								<p><name type="person" role="owner" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name>
									bought the larger manuscript, of which this then was a part, in <date when="1720">1720</date> after <name type="person" key="ThoTor001">Torfæus</name>'s death
									<bibl>Finnur Jónsson 1930, <biblScope unit="volume">I.1</biblScope>:<biblScope unit="page">417</biblScope></bibl>.
									According to <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni</name>'s statement, <name type="person" key="ThoTor001">Torfæus</name>
										had previously received the part from <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni</name> (see accMat).

								<listRelation period="t0">
									<relation type="CRM" name="P46_forms_part_of" active="#AM040521aCU1" passive="#AM040521a" n="1"/>
								<listRelation period="t1">
									<relation type="CRM" name="P46_forms_part_of" active="#AM040521aCU1" passive="#JO040521" n="1"/>
								</listRelation><listBibl><bibl>AM 456 fol.</bibl></listBibl> 
								<listRelation period="t2">
									<relation type="CRM" name="P46_forms_part_of" active="#AM040521aCU1" passive="#BS54" n="3"/>
								</listRelation><listBibl><bibl>Kålund 1909, <biblScope unit="page">76</biblScope></bibl></listBibl>
								<listRelation period="t3">
									<relation type="CRM" name="P46_forms_part_of" active="#AM040521aCU1" passive="x" n="x"/>

			<change when="2015" who="#BS">Catalogued according to own


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