The text is based on Pekárski's Екатерининскій Списокъ as emended by Simoni. The two texts are called Е and С: variants in the printed text of 1800 of Musin-Puškin being designated as П.
The lines and divisions of the text are the editor's: the original manuscript having been unpunctuated, unparagraphed and with the words unintervalled.
Emendations of the text are marked by italicized type.
The notes (with reference to the lines) are in the order of the Russian alphabet for easy reference: the words annotated have a little 'n' after them: where an emendation has been made, the word is to be found under the original form as stated in the variants.