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Icelandic Manuscripts

Date range: 15th and 17th centuries.

There are five Icelandic manuscripts, of which Icelandic MSS 1-4 were acquired with the Crawford collection in 1901, the fifth being acquired later from another source.

They comprise:

  • a 15th-century pocket-book containing the text of the computational treatise Rímbegla, a calendar in Latin and several devotional works (Icelandic MS 1)
  • a set of three 17th-century copies of the medieval law text Jónsbók, (Icelandic MSS 2-4), one of which (Icelandic MS 2) is beautifully decorated
  • another Jónsbók from the mid-15th century (Icelandic MS 5), a palimpsest with the underwriting probably from a Latin horae

Finding aids

  • B.S. Benedikz, 'Notes on Some Medieval Icelandic Manuscripts', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 60 (1977-8), pp. 289-302.
  • N.R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, III, Lampeter - Oxford (Oxford, 1983), pp. 454-6.
  • Olai Skulerud, Catalogue of Norse Manuscripts in Edinburgh, Dublin and Manchester (Kristiania, 1918), pp. 57-60.


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