The source manuscript for the first six books of the Annals was a ninth-century manuscript made in Fulda and then in the library of the abbey of Corvey in Saxony ("quinque libri nuper in Germania inventi", N1v). It came into the possession of Leo X, who enabled Beroaldo to prepare the text for publication and provided a privilege to protect Beroaldo's work for ten years (though it was quickly reprinted in Milan in 1517). The manuscript was never returned to Corvey (the Pope sent them a copy of the printed text and an indulgence in compensation) and it is now in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence.
On leaves N1v-2r the editor displays his concern for textual accuracy and reassures the reader that he has proof-read the text and provides a list of corrections which are marked at the appropriate place in the text with a marginal printed asterisk.
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