Abonnenten für den Eintritt in die Gesellschaft von vornherein geneigter zu machen."
14) Dr. du Rieu received another detailed answer to his questions from the editor of the „Museum," Prof. P. S. Speyer of Groningen, who wrote (N. v. II. No. 10. Dec. 1894, Kol. 373 v.v.)
Dr. W. N. du Rieu put six qufestions to which he wished to receive the answers in this paper. Until now the invitation has not b:een accepted. Should we gather from this silence that our Dutch classicists take no interest in this matter? I, for one, cannot place a great value on this argumentum ex silentis; but I am of opinion that most of the questions, asked by the Leyden librarian, could be adequately answered by librarians, rather than by scholars. Yet there is one question, viz. no. 3, which ought to draw some answer from classic philologists, who are, more than anyone else, interested in this matter, as it is the question as to what codices should be considered worthy of b,eing reproduced in their entirety.
Let me therefore try to answer the summons of Mr. du Rieu, as far as important latin codices are concerned. Others who, like me, sympathize with Dr. Hartwig's enterprise, may be indueed by it to come forward with desiderata of their own. Whatever may have been decided upon at Lake Placid, it is not too late for such a list of manuscripts recommended for reproduction. First, however, I want to show once more the great usefulness of such reproductions. I suppose that there are some people who do not think such a costly enterprise fully justified. Now we have, they wil! say, excellent critical editions of most authors, in which, within a small compass, the carefully collected and selected apparatus is brought within the reach of every-one; as a rule the filiation of manuscriptural traditions is sufficiently settled, so that every-one knows, or may learn from the praefationes of the above-mentioned critical editions, what is the relative value of each of the libri MSS. which have served for the constitution of the text; hence, what is the use of those expensive reproductions? All this might bie very well for collectors of curiosa and