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HENRY RICHARDS LUARD, M.A.
FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, REGISTRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY,
THE Index, which is contained in the present volume, completes the Catalogue of the University MSS., with the exception of those styled 'Oriental,' which are kept and will be catalogued separately from the rest. An apology is scarcely needed for the length of time that has elapsed between the publication of the first volume and the appearance of the Index, which alone can give it general utility; for it was felt that to index volume by volume would give needless trouble to the literary inquirer; and as the concluding volume of the Catalogue only appeared in February of the present year, that the whole index should be published before the end of the year, is probably as much as could have been expected. The index to the first four volumes was made some years ago, and was placed in MS. in the Library, both for the convenience of inquirers, and also with a view to its own examination, so that any deficiencies or errors might be pointed out and corrected. Since the whole was completed, the correctness of every reference has been tested in two ways, and in all cases of doubt application has been made to the MSS. themselves. And as all the corrigenda are referred to in the index, it is hoped that the errors in the Catalogue itself will not be of serious importance, as in every case where an error has been ascertained to exist, the index refers to the correction at the same time as it gives a reference to the description of the MS. sought.
The Index itself, it is believed, will be found sufficiently full— and so that any MS. can be discovered without difficulty; whenever there seemed any doubt under which of two titles a MS. might be looked for, it has been given under both. No pains have been spared to secure accuracy; and while the Editor has had too much