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$ 1. MSS. and rare books examined by myself personally,
and quoted in the course of this work:
1. The Medicean; in the Laurentian Library in Florence; examined by me personally only with respect to En. IV. 436. In all other places I have quoted this MS. from Foggini's fac-simile. The MS. itself is in a state of perfect preservation, except that the ink has become very pale, and that, besides wanting the first Eclogues, it wants also one leaf of the Eneis; happily this leaf is preserved in the Vatican Library in Rome, where I saw it in the year 1850.
2. The oldest Gudian; preserved in the Bibliotheca Guelferbytana at Wolfenbüttel. This MS. is numbered on the back 70, and is so quoted by Heyne. It is numbered 903 in Ebert's Catal. Biblioth. Guelferb. I have never seen any MS. so full of alterations and corrections; often, as I think, for the worse. It is difficult lo read, and the interlineal and marginal glosses still more difficult, frequently impossible. It does not so generally agree with the Medicean as has been supposed. Both it and the Medicean have been greatly overrated by Nicholas Heinsius, Heyne, and Wagner. I had full opportunity of carefully examining this MS., which was obtained for me from Wolfenbüttel by the kindness of my friend Dr. Klemm, Chief Librarian of the Royal