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AM 646 4to

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Andreas Saga Postola; Iceland, 1300-1349

Name
Árni Magnússon 
Birth
13 November 1663 
Death
07 January 1730 
Occupation
Professor, Arkivsekretær (Secretary of the Royal Archives) 
Roles
Scholar; Author; Scribe; Poet 
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Name
Jón Einarsson 
Birth
1674 
Death
11 September 1707 
Occupation
Conrector; Teacher 
Roles
Author; Owner; Correspondent; Scribe 
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Name
Þorsteinn Benediktsson 
Occupation
 
Roles
Owner 
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Name
Wedervang-Jensen, Eva 
Birth
26 March 1974 
Occupation
 
Roles
Cataloguer 
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Contents

1(1r)
Arabic Numerals
Language of Text

Non (primary); Latin

2(1bisv-33v)
Andreas Saga Postola
Bibliography

Postola sögur, pp. 354-83

Language of Text

Non

3(34r-36v)
Af biskupi ok púka
Explicit

“enn raða verða. eðr”

Language of Text

Non

Icelandic

Physical Description

Support

Parchment.

No. of leaves
36. 190 mm x 135 mm
Foliation

Foliated 1-36, including 1 bis

Condition

Defective at the end and has two lacunae; 1bisr is torn.

Decoration

1 bis r. St. Andrew is crucified on a Greek cross, surrounded by four praying worshippers. The frame of the miniature is red and green and the cross forms two diagonals exceeding the edge of the picture. The halo of St. Andrew is pearl-studded and his hands and feet are tied to the cross with rope. In the open space between his legs is written: “Ora pro nobis beate andrea |vt digni efficiamur christi”

The initials are red and green.

History

Origin

The manuscript is written in Iceland; it is dated to the first half of the fourteenth century by Unger (Unger, 1874, p. xxi), Gering (Gering, 1882, p. xxvii ) and Kålund (KKKat). However, Louis-Jensen has dated it to the third quarter of the fourteenth century (Louis-Jensen, 1977, p. 8, 14)

Provenance

An AM-slip has been inserted on the paste-down. The text: “Andreas postula Saga 4to. Vantar aptanvid. Komin til min fra Jone Einars syne 1695. enn til hans ur eign Þorsteins Benedickt sonar i Bolstadarhlid. Er eigi su sama sem finnzt in Codice Vigrensi” Before the manuscript came into the possession of Árni Magnússon in 1695 the owner was Jón Einarsson, who had acquired it from Þorsteinn Benediktsson of Bolstadarhlid († 1697). Besides the mentioned owners, two names Símon Pálsson and Árni Þórarinsson occur on 1r, the fly-leaf, apparently in the fifteenth century. This indicates that the manuscript was at that time in Skagafjörður, for these two names occur together in a deed drawn up in 1493 at Sjávarborg in Skagafjarðarsýsla (Diplomatarium Islandicum, VII, no 253).

Acquisition

According to the AM-slip Árni Magnússon acquired AM 646 4to in 1695.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 16.05.2000 by AWS (parsed 26.06.2000); additions by EW-J 14.02.2005

Custodial History

The manuscript was photographed in 1972.

Surrogates

70 mm 140 70 mm (suppl) 140 — Plate 83

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Postola sögur: legendariske Fortællinger om Apostlernes Liv deres Kamp for Kristendommens Udbredelse samt deres Martyrdøded. C. R. Unger
Íslendzk æventýri: Isländische Legenden, Novellen und Märchened. Hugo Gering1882-1884; I-II
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian Kålund
Jonna Louis-JensenKongesagastudier: Kompilationen Hulda-Hrokkinskinna, 1977; XXXII
Diplomatarium Islandicum: Íslenzkt fornbréfasafn, sem hefir inni að halda bréf og gjörnínga, dóma og máldaga, og aðrar skrár, er snerta Ísland eða Íslenzka menned. Jón Sigurðsson1857-1972; I-XVI
Hulda, Sagas of the Kings of Norway 1035-1177: Manuscript No. 66 Fol. in The Arnamagnæan Collection, Early Icelandic Manuscripts in Facsimileed. Jonna Louis-Jensen1968; VIII
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