The copy text is the first printing, except when a subsequent printing shows evidence of authoritative revision.
The copy text is reprinted except for:
Textual notes indicate Wing number, the format of the printing, and provide a full description of the title page to the copy text when required. Sigla indicate the specific copies which have been collated, providing shelf-marks to copies in public-access libraries and collections. Sigla follow the abbreviations adopted by the Wing Short Title Catalogue for indicating library collections. Where multiple copies exist, I have attempted to examine at least five; where fewer than five copies are to be found in public access libraries, I have attempted to examine and collate all of them. Subsequent reprintings in seventeenth-century editions and collections, as well as a selection of modern scholarly editions, are indicated.
Substantive and accidental variants are reported in footnotes only when they may affect meaning; no attempt has been made to record all press variants.
Otherwise, footnotes and collations indicate all editorial changes to the copy text and list substantive press variants. However, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and typographical variants are listed only when they significantly affect the sense.
When a variant in punctuation is listed, a wavy dash [~7E] is used in place of the word preceding the variant. A caret [^] signifies the ommission of a punctuation mark.
Where a majority of copies share a reading, the sigla may be replaced in the notes and collation with a capital Sigma [ä], and then departures from the majority reading are listed by specific sigla.
|ed||the present editor|
|ms||manuscript; also used to indicate hand corrections accompanied by "inked out/inked"|
|7E||word preceding variant|
|ä||agreement in a majority of copies|
|^||punctuation mark is omitted|
|()||date based on printed evidence from the title or colophon, or a contemporary hand-written annotation|
|[?]||date based on evidence from other sources; a question mark indicates editorial speculation based exclusively on internal evidence|
|~Wing||Catalogue numbers are to the revised printed version of the Wing STC and may not conform to the electronic revision|