'Galdrakver': Lbs 143 8vo (1670).
This seventeenth-century Icelandic parchment manuscript has been called Galdrakver, which can be translated as ‘little book (or booklet) of magic’. I thought I would share it since another of my posts on an Icelandic book of codes and runes has been so popular.
This small manuscript has a soft leather binding from the mid-nineteenth century (seen in the last photo). The slim volume, written on animal skin, contains many diagrams, such as the ones seen in these photos, alongside prayers, charms, and related texts. The first 7 folia of the manuscript (not pictured here) contain hymns.
The book was owned at one point by Hannes Finnson, who we know was born 8 May 1739 and died 4 August 1796 at age 57. He was the Bishop of Skálholt in southern Iceland, and some 95 different manuscripts have been associated with him (listed here).
All pages of the manuscript can be seen here, at Handrit.is: http://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/Lbs08-0143#0000r-FB.
Lovely and functional binding around the Icelandic “little book of magic”.