Hagþenkir, JS 83 fol.

An autograph manuscript of Hagþenkir, a 1737 essay written by Jón Ólafsson from Grunnavík (1705-1779). Jón was a well-known scholar who worked closely with Árni Magnússon, the famous manuscript collector, at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Jón lived in Copenhagen for much of his life; there he wrote various essays, few of which were published during his lifetime—Hagþenkir, for example, was not published until 1996, through the initiative of a group known as the Friends of Grunnavíkur-Jón. In this work Jón sought to enlighten Icelanders concerning the bringing up of children and the value of education. He aimed to encourage and accelerate social progress after the harsh times in the beginning of the eighteenth century.

The manuscript can be viewed here.

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