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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 141



but blàmeablè, that he has not collated a greater number of manufcripts*. for, as royal hiftoriographer, he fhould have examined thofe from which, the text in the more ancient editions was printed; and by fo much the-more as he feems to have negle&ed this comparifon on purpofc.. The excellent Founder of this Library had* in his own handwriting, and indeed with extraordinary pains, formed fuch a copy, and correébedit afterwards,, probably in the intention of preparing a new edition of thi& work. Thefe -variations are very numerous* and neatly and legibly written.*, and fb* confiderable that not' only many margins are written full, and in feveral places fingle leaves bound in filled up therewith, but alfo vol. i. p. 426.. lin. 30. from the words of ' encores auoir* to the end of p..462. the whole printed text ft ruck out, and another transcribed on twenty-two • fheets and a half Hitched together., in five parcels, and added;.of which: Jingle leaves and parcels a particular catalogue is extant, eompofed by the late Mr Arlet It is therefore to-be extremely regretted, particularly on. account of the four leaves ftolen out ofcthe third volume of the manufcript,. that a- collation was not-alfo inftituted by the pdMorof vol..iii..iv. or* rather that be was hindered from it One of my.predeceffors, the late reétbr and librarian Gottlob Krans, had inftituted, according to ancient cuftota at both our univerfitie% which, indeed gave the three profeflbrs at each much trouble, bût was very, ufeful to the ftudentSj on the 15th May 1698* a Latin .À6i»oa Oratorinm*. concerning the curiofities*of the Library, in the. fchool theatre, and edited: it 1699, quarto. In thefe well known, Memorabilia Biblbthecae publicae Elifabetaoae Wratiflauienfis, a Fundatore Celeberrimo Rehdigerianae diète, the manufcript is fpoken of p. 86, &?. as € CURIOSUS; Audivi piâurarum pretium Codices hos-adeo aeftimabiks reddere. HISTORICUS : Non nego magnam pi&urarum elegentiam efle;.-.fed majora hk fuat, quae animam meam afficiunt. Putat orhis eruditus, fe textum Froifferdi egregiè poffidere, quern Bim^fius Salvagim9 Regis Henrici 11. jufmf qumquageflimo nono fiiperioris Seculi anno Lugduni publkavit, îéâfmde deciptiur, dum Codex tic importuram detegit, ttSalwgii manu omnia, qux Auiae Gallicae difplicebant,. # With tbe ùxœ filvcr pea, which is iikewifc prdbrved in tha Libraryv


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