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Short essays on Icelandic and general subjects, including some translations, by Thorstein Petursson, in four divisions, written in 1783, etc., chiefly by Th. Petursson

MS. Boreal 99
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A list of contents is at p. 441.

The translations are from:
  1. (p. 193) Isocrates ad Demonicum
  2. (p. 216) Valerius Maximus
  3. (p. 235) Erasmus (De civilitate morum puerilium)
  4. (p. 280) Joh. Sulpitius (De moribus in mensa servandis)
  5. (p. 397) Æsop.
Pp. 333-396 are in a different hand and chiefly contain an alphabetical series of Icelandic proverbs collected by Gunnar Palsson. Petursson's name and the date 1783 occur on p. 235.

A probably unique MS., the autograph of the author.


  • written in 1783, etc., chiefly by Th. Petursson


444 pages

Language of Materials

  • Icelandic


MS. Boreal 99

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 20740

A catalogue by Magnusen, dated 1828, is in the Library, and was printed in 1832 with the title 'Catalogus...codicum cliii manuscriptorum Borealium præcipuæ Islandicæ originis, ...autcore... Finno Magnæo, Islando'.

Custodial History

Owned by 'Hallgrimr Jónsson', 1809.

Physical Facet

On paper


6 7/8 × 4 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom