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STUDIES IN DANTE

FOURTH SERIES

MOORE

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FOURTH SERIES

TEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE 'CONVIVIO
AND MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS

BY

EDWARD MOORE, D.D.

HON. D.LITT. DUBLIN

CANON OF CANTERBURY; HON. FELLOW OF QUEEN'S AND PEMBROKE colleges, oxFORD;
CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE ACCADEMIA DELLA CRUSCA; FELLOW OF THE
BRITISH ACADEMY; FORMERLY PRINCIPAL OF ST. EDMUND HALL, OXFORD, AND
LECTURER ON DANTE AT THE TAYLOR INSTITUTION, OXFORD, AND BARLOW
LECTURER ON DANTE AT University COLLEGE, LONDON; AUThor of
'CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE DIVINA
COMMEDIA', 'TIME-REFERENCES IN THE DIVINA COMMEDIA

(REVISED AND ENLARGED AS 'GLI ACCENNI AL TEMPO

NELLA DIVINA COMMEDIA '), DANTE AND HIS
EARLY BIOGRAPHERS', AND EDITOR OF
THE OXFORD DANTE'

OXFORD

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

M CM XVII

PRINTED IN ENGLAND

AT THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

PREFACE

THE revision of the proof-sheets of this volume had been all but completed by Dr. Moore at the time of his death (Sept. 2). What little remained to do (including sundry additional notes, and the compilation of the list of editions, editors, and commentators of the Convivio, the list of emended passages in the text of the Convivio, and the index) has been done by myself, with the approval of Dr. Moore's representatives and of the Delegates of the Clarendon Press. This I feel would have been in accordance with Dr. Moore's own wishes. We had worked together at Dante in informal partnership for more than five and twenty years. I had read the proof-sheets of this volume, as I had done those of the three previous volumes of Studies; and I had been in constant communication with him throughout the progress of the work up to within a day or two of his death.

The contents of the volume speak for themselves; but I may be permitted to express my satisfaction, which will be shared by every serious student of Dante, that Dr. Moore was able to complete the highly important series of studies on the textual criticism of the Convivio, which constitute nearly half the volume, and represent the outcome of his collations, through a long series of years, of corrupt passages in the text in the thirty-three known manuscripts of the treatise.2 The majority of the resulting emendations (numbering close on fourscore)

1 Such few additions as I have made in the notes are enclosed in square

brackets.

2 It may be mentioned in this connexion that the valuable manuscript of the Convivio (designated M in this volume) which belonged to Dr. Moore, and is described by him on pp. 130-1, has passed by his bequest, together with a manuscript of the Divina Commedia, to the Bodleian Library, which now possesses two out of the three manuscripts of the treatise at present in this country. The third is in the library of the Earl of Leicester at Holkham. There is a fragment in the British Museum. Of the remaining twenty-nine, two are in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris, and the rest in various public and private libraries in Italy.

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