CodexPaperii, 143, ii320mm x 185mmCrown above hornContemporary foliationGood240mm x 117mmYesNote: Written in dark brown ink in long lines with 37 to 43 lines per page. The title page is
written in 2 paragraphs, the first line is the longest, and then the lines get narrower
and narrower towards the end of the paragraph, like many title pages in printed books.
Ölkofra þáttr does not have chapter counting, but the
text starts in new lines instead. On fols. 78r-81r verses are indicated
with a "v" in the margins. On fols. 44v:40-45r:6 verses are written in
a different script and are indicated with a "v" in the margins. The margins on fols.
1-129 are either grooved or drawn. On fols.
129v:13-143v, written by Jón Björnsson, the ink
is brighter and the margins are narrower. Written area for fols. 1-129: c.
240mm high, 115mm wide, for fols. 130-143 240mm high, 120mm wide Þórður JónssonKurrentMajor
Info: Fols. 1-129v:12 were
written by Þórður Jónsson.UnknownKurrentMinor
Info: Fol. 129v:13-43 was
probably written by hand 2 of AM 148 8vo.Jón ÞórðarsonKurrentMinor
Info: Fols. 130r-133v were
written by Jón Þórðarson. identity ref uncertainJón BjörnssonKurrentMinor
Info: Fols. 134r-143v were
written by Jón Björnsson. identity ref uncertain
- Border: Title page: ornamented frame, ca 1.5cm wide (ca 3cm on bottom) top:
stairways-meander (looks like little squares), 2 interlaced meanders to the left and 4 at the
bottom, leaf ornament to the right, between 2nd and 3rd line of writing again a
- Initial: Often decorated initials at saga and chapter beginnings, usually over 2
lines; on fols. 13v, 14v, 15r, 71v, 74v and 81r over 3 lines; on fols. 69v
and 89r over 4 lines; on fols. 28v and 61r over 5 lines. Initials on
fols. 13v, 15r, 81v, 85v and 96v with little faces drawn inside the
- Paratext: Catchwords on each page, on right bottom margin, with flourish beneath them,
except on fol. 57r; on fol. 101v an animal is drawn around the
catchword; on fol. 121v the catchword is underlined with a drawing of an animal’s
head, hand and pointing fingers; on fol. 122r there are two hands drawn around the
Additions and corrections to the text in margins (same hand or different? some
probably by Jón Björnsson). Stamp of British Library (picture of a crown,
with "British Museum" written in half-circles around it) on fols. 11v, 22v, 35v, 48v, 65v,
77v, 91v and 113v. On fols. 1v and 143v there is "MUSEUM BRITANNICUM"
stamped in red ink. Fol. 27v, bottom margin: "13 Arker." Fol.
113v:1: "edur herra Ivent." added to the rubric
probably by Jón Björnsson. From fol. 85r on hardly any
Moderately decorated (later)
The current binding from 1898 is a standard British
Museum half binding; black leather corners and spine, rest navy blue, gold imprints along
corners (where black and blue leather meet), paste-downs blue marbled paper, gold imprint on
spine "ICELANDIC SAGAS. BRIT. MUS. - PRESENTED BY SIR J. BANKS, BART.
ADDITIONAL 4857"; on top of spine sticker "113", on bottom sticker "d".
Note: The leaves are mounted on guards, the quires consist of single leaves. No
information about former quires or the original structure of the manuscript is available.
Sir Joseph Banks: OwnerThe manuscript, along with others, was sent to Sir
Joseph Banksbetween 1773 and 1779. Sir
Joseph Banks gave the manuscript to the British Library either on 9 January 1778 or on 16 March 1781.