Like its predecessors, Volume 5 has taken a tortuous path to publication—long enough, certainly, and at times frustrating enough, too, to extort the wistful sigh, forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. At journey’s end, however, as travails past transmute into the joy of recollection, I find myself thinking back with special delight, not to the toilsome road so much as to the friends and colleagues who generously offered counsel and waybread. To all I owe an enduring debt, to none more than Klaus-Dietrich (Cloudy) Fischer. For at a time when he himself was going full tilt at his Habilitationsschrift on Neo-Latin verse dietetics (1986), he never thought twice about setting his own work aside in order to pore over my text and translation of Bonae valetudinis conservandae rationes aliquot, review my notes, and give me the benefit of his wide learning. Now that the fruits of our common labor are at long last ready for harvest, I can do no more than dedicate them to him.
Because so much of the spadework for this volume dates back to the 1970s and 80s, I gratefully acknowledge the support I received during those decades from The Ohio State University, in particular the College of Humanities, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. As always, my thanks also go to the many libraries here and in Europe that have helped me over the years and to The Renaissance Society of America for its steadfast commitment to this edition.