Árni Magnússon’s rearrangement of paper manuscripts

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                            <locus from="1r:1" to="8v:23">1r-8v</locus>
                            <title type="uniform" ref="#hsh">Sörla þáttur</title>
                            <title type="parallel">Heðins saga og Högna</title>
                            <rubric>Saga af Hǫgna og Hiedinn</rubric>
                            <rubric>Cap I</rubric>
                            <incipit>Firer Astan<ex>n</ex> Vanaqvísl í Asialande</incipit>
                            <explicit>og settist ad ríke sínu</explicit>
                            <finalRubric>og endast so þesse þáttur af hiedin<ex>n</ex> og Hǫgna</finalRubric>
                            <textLang mainLang="is">Icelandic</textLang>
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                                    <num type="book-block" value="8"/>
                                    <num type="back-flyleaf" value="1"/>
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                                        <height unit="mm" quantity="212"/>
                                        <width unit="mm" quantity="165"/>
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                                    <watermark ana="yes"><p>There is a coat of arms of Amsterdam watermark. The countermark consists of the letters "PD".</p>
                                        The details are:
                                        <list>
                                            <item>Fol. 1: PD</item>   
                                            <item>Fol. 2: crown</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 3: PD</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 4: crown</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 5: lions</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 6: "blank"</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 7: lions</item>
                                            <item>Fol. 8: "blank"</item>
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                                        <p>On the two flyleaves, which form a bifolium, the watermark depicts a man and a woman holding a flower.</p></watermark> 
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                                <foliation ana="pag contemporary">There is older pagination in dark ink in the top outer corners (573-588).</foliation>
                                <foliation ana="later fol">There is later foliation in red ink in the top outer corners
                                    by <name type="person" key="KriKaa001">Kålund</name> (1-8).
                                </foliation>
                                <collation><p>There is one quire: <list>
                                    <item>I: fols. 1-8 (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5) (4 bifolia)</item> 
                                    
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                                    <signatures>There is a quire signature ("Pp") on fol. <locus>1r</locus>. The signature is located in the middle of the bottom margin and was written 
                                        with brown ink.</signatures>
                                    <catchwords>There are no catchwords.</catchwords>
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                                <condition><p>Some edges are darker than the rest of the leaves.</p>
                                    <p>The ink is partially bleeding through the paper.</p>
                                    <p>There are large stains of dirt (mud) on the last leaves of the manuscript, including the flyleaf.
                                    <note>Neither the binding nor the rear pastedown show any trace of it, so the stains must be older than the binding.</note></p></condition>
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                                <layout ana="verse-prose" columns="1" writtenLines="22 26">
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                            <handNote scribeRef="#ArnMag001" scope="sole" script="kurrent">
                                Written by Árni Magnússon.
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                        <decoDesc><decoNote type="paratext">The rubrics are written slightly larger than the rest of the text.</decoNote></decoDesc> 
                        <additions>
                            <p>There are a few variant readings in the hand of <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name> on fols. 
                            <locus>1r</locus>, <locus>3r</locus>, <locus>6v</locus> and <locus>8r</locus>.</p>
                            <p>On the front flyleaf, one of <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni
                                Magnússon</name>'s scribes has written: <q>af Hỏgna <ex>og</ex> Hiedne. 
                                    Ur bök er Eg feck a Markuse Bergs=syne og
                                    tök i sundur.</q>  Below, <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni
                                        Magnússon</name> has added:
                                <q>Synest ad vera skrifad epter þvi prent=ada i Olafs Sỏgu Tryggvasonar.</q>
                                <note>Considering that <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name> has written <title type="uniform">Sörla
                                        þáttur</title> himself, the information about the former owner must have referred to another manuscript. 
                                    Indeed, there are traces of a former manuscript, to which the note belonged: 
                                    The manuscript <ref>NKS 1760 4to</ref>, formerly owned by <name type="person" key="PetSuh001">Peter Frederik Suhm</name>, 
                                    states that it is a copy of No. 587 in 4to of <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name>'s manuscripts. <title>Sörla þáttur</title>,
                                    the text it contains, is not a copy of the extent <ref>AM 587 e 4to</ref>, but agrees with the variant readings that are found in the present 
                                    manuscript. Moreover, <name type="person" key="JonOla003">Jón Ólafsson</name> registered in his handwritten catalogue two copies of
                                    the saga in number 587 in 4to <bibl>AM 456 fol., 23v</bibl>, but only one is preserved today.
                                    It can thus be assumed that <ref>NKS 1760 4to</ref> is a copy of the other copies of <title type="uniform">Sörla
                                        þáttur</title> that was once contained by number 587 in 4to and was probably used for taking variants. That text is now lost, only
                                    <name type="person" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name>'s note survived and was attached to the present manuscript.</note></p>
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                            <binding><p>The manuscript is bound in a grey cardboard binding from the time of 
                                <name type="person" key="JenWeb001">Jens Jacob Weber</name>, i.e. <date from="1771" to="1780">1771-1780</date>.
                                On the front cover, <q>No  578e. af Högna og Hedni.</q> was written in black ink.
                                On the spine, there are remnants of two stickers for the shelfmark and the running number.
                                The pastedown is made from printed material. The cardboard is slightly bent towards the 
                                fore-edge, which gives the whole manuscript a curved form.</p></binding>
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                                <p>The codicological unit was probably written in <placeName>Copenhagen</placeName>, <origPlace key="DK">Denmark</origPlace>.
                                    Kålund dates it to <origDate notBefore="1690" notAfter="1710">ca. 1700</origDate> 
                                    <bibl><ref target="KKKat">Katalog I</ref>,
                                        <biblScope unit="page">749</biblScope></bibl>.
                                </p>
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                                <p>Before <name type="person" role="owner" key="ArnMag001">Árni Magnússon</name> owned the larger codex, 
                                    of which this codicological unit was a part,
                                    it was probably in the possession of <name type="person" role="commissioner" key="ThoBar001">Thomas Bartholin</name>.</p>
                                
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