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THOMAS WRIGHT, Esq., M. A.,
S = Sieven Anglia
PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION.
The Collection of Vocabularies and Glossaries which Wright in his day prepared, contained pre-eminently Latin-Anglo-Saxon and LatinOld-English works of this kind. Wright added, however, several works in which the English stood very much in the background (as in VIII and X pp. 121–139, and 142–175'), or only in entirely scattered references (as in VII pp. 96—1211). Indeed in Vol. II two Old-German Vocabularies were incorporated. For the purpose of restoring a greater symmetry I have left out the five articles abovenamed. On the other hand, I took up anew three others; viz. 2., 7. and 15, transcripts of which were most kindly placed at my disposal. It did not fall within the plan of the book to give a complete Collection of all the Anglo-Saxon and Old-English Vocabularies and Glossaries remaining in England. The articles already incorporated by Wright havebeen compared anew with the MSS., as far as the MSS. were accessible.
As for lexical purposes it is most desirable to have an alphabetically arranged Index (Wright has only one arranged according to the subjects for his Vol. I 1) such a one has been prepared by several of my pupils.
The explanatory and critical remarks of Wright I have reprinted and added my own, which I marked with “R. W.” Especially in the Anglo-Saxon portion occur many references, which would have
1 see original edition.
ply 19.84 suggests th. ll. sk'd not have mitted wright nox (Bibleworth)
been put in the alphabetical index, if I had earlier decided to add the index.
A mistake slipped into the superscription of No. 4. It was entitled according to Wright as Archbishop Ælfric's Vocabulary, however, according to Dietrich's excellent investigation, the author was Abbot Ælfric. In the table of contents I have thus also changed it.
Only the agreeable duty remains to me to thank most heartily those who aided me in the elaboration of my work by the loan of transcripts; namely, Prof. Dr. J. Zupitza (No. 1), Miss Lucie Toulmin Smith (Nos. 21 and 7), the Librarian, Dr. A. Holder (No. 9) and Dr. W. Aldis Wright (No. 15).
RICHARD PAUL WÜLCKER.
LEIPSIC, January 1884.
1 As the first sheets of the text were already printed in 1877, reference in No. 2 could not be made to Zupitza's Supplement (Haupt's Zeitschrift p. 223—226). ORIGINAL PREFACE.1
THE Public is indebted for the following volume to the liberality and public spirit of Mr. Joseph Mayer, whose name is now so well known to all who interest themselves in the Archæology of this country. Its design originated in a social conversation between Mr. Mayer and myself, and we have endeavoured in it to make available to labourers in the field of antiquarian research and investigation a class of documents which, though they have been hitherto almost overlooked, form a rich treasury of information on almost every subject connected with the Archæology of the Middle Ages. They have been furnished by a number of contemporary manuscripts, scattered through various libraries in this country and abroad. Of one of the most valuable of the later vocabularies here printed, the original is preserved in Mr. Mayer's own collection; and for the communication and permission to print another—the curious and interesting pictorial vocabulary which closes the serieswe owe our sincere thanks to the Lord Londesborough, of whose collection the manuscript forms a part. As far as regards my own labours, I will only say, that I have endeavoured to make the texts, which are arranged in strict chronological order, as nearly as is consistent with the duty of an editor, fac-similes of those of the original manuscripts. In fact, their very errors and corruptions
1 September 1857.