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Medieval parchment fragments in Bergen University Library and The Regional State Archives in Bergen

Description of UB Bergen MS 1836, 2

Fragment of the Book of Sirach in Icelandic

Introduction

In 1981 Bergen University Library bought this fragment, together with 1836, 1, a-b, from the antiquarian bookshop Cappelens Antikvariat, Oslo. The fragment contains text from a an Icelandic translation of the Book of Sirach.

Facsimiles and transcriptions

Manuscript Identification

settlement

Bergen University Library, Art and Humanities Library

repository

Bergen University Library

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MS 1836, 2

Fragment of the Book of Sirach in Icelandic [Parchment, one leaf, 130 x 180 mm, Iceland, 2nd half of 16th century.]

Manuscript Content

Text from Gissur Einarssons Icelandic translation of the Book of Sirach. Corresponds to text edited by Chr. Westergård-Nielsen (see bibliography).

Physical Description

Parchment, two fragments from the same leaf, 110 x 80 mm

History

origin

Written in Iceland probably in the 2nd half of the 16th century.

acquisition

According to information from the antiquarian bookshop Cappelens Antikvariat, Oslo, this fragment like 1836 1, a-b, has belonged since around year 1850, to the philologist and book collector George Stephens (1813-1895), professor of English language at the University of Copenhagen, thereafter it belonged to his son, landowner Joseph Stephens at Huseby in Skateløv (Småland), and lastly to his sons daugther. From her inheritors the fragment together with 1836 1, a-b, was acuired by Cappelens antique bookshop.

Bibliography

Chr. Westergård-Nielsen in Bibliotheca Arnagmagnæanæ, vol. 15, pp. 27.6-31.10.

Holm-Olsen, Ludvig. Et blad av et håndskrift av Gissur Einarssons oversettelse av Jesu Siraks bok (Ecclesiasticus), UB Bergen Ms 1836. 2. In: Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana. Vol. 39. Opuscula 9. København 1991, pp. 166-171.

Tveitane, Mattias et. al.: Bergen University Library Manuscript Catalogue [unpublished]