However, at about the same time (early 20th century) C. R. Gregory showed an impressive and suggestive knowledge of the lectionaries, as well as a positive evaluation of them. Although he did not proceed to publish a New Testament edition, he expressed his favourable attitude toward the use of lectionaries both in the preface he wrote on Tischendorf’s 8th edition of Critica Major (1894) and in the three-volume work  Textκritik des Νeuen Testaments (1900 – 1909) where he counts and describes 1,599 lectionaries. Hence, the scholarly community for the first time acquired positive, responsible information about the Byzantine lectionaries.  Nevertheless, during the same time E. Nestle, who since 1898 had initiated the well-known critical editions Novum Testamentum Graece did not take the contribution of the lectionaries into consideration during the preparation of the text (today the continuation of his work circulates as the 27th edition, well known as Nestle-Aland, while the 28th edition is also now being prepared, even in an electronic format).