MacLean, Gerald, editor. The Return of the King : An Anthology of English Poems Commemorating the Restoration of Charles II / edited by Gerald MacLean
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Editorial Principles, Sigla, and Abbreviations

Copy Text

   The copy text is the first printing, except when a subsequent printing shows evidence of authoritative revision.

Reproduction of the Copy Text

   The copy text is reprinted except for:

1. Authoritative substantive variants including press corrections. Accidental features of such variants are made to conform to the copy text. Substantive changes are listed in footnotes.

2. Nonauthoritative substantive emendations are introduced only where the sense of a passage demands emendation and are listed in footnotes.

3. Authoritative accidental variants, as listed in footnotes.

4. Nonauthoritative accidental emendations. These are made as sense demands and are footnoted. If a later seventeenth-century edition produces the same emendation, that edition is (usually) noted in the collation/footnotes.

5. Turned b, d, p, q, n, and u are silently corrected as b, d, p, q, n, and u. If a spelling error results, it is corrected and footnoted.

6. Line numbers have been added, and poems in a series or collection have been numbered sequentially.

7. Illegible print which is indicated [. . .]

Silent Changes to the Copy Text


1. Long s becomes s; long f becomes f; VV becomes W. V for U is given U.

2. Turned letters other than b, d, p, q, n and u are adjusted.

3. Type set in the wrong font is adjusted; swash italics are represented by plain italics; extended verses (more than four lines) set in italics have been reversed; blackletter has been set in roman.

4. Medial apostrophes that failed to print have been restored; reversed apostrophes have been corrected.

5. Spacing between words and before and after punctuation has been normalized.

6. Titles, section titles, ornamental and oversized capital letters, the position of stanza numbers, and other similar typographical details are made uniform.

7. Printed marginal glosses given in different font and print size have been standardized and placed on the right margin as close as possible to the site in the copy text.

Textual Sigla, Notes, Abbreviations

   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.

Other abbreviations used in the editorial matter:

edthe present editor
msmanuscript; also used to indicate hand corrections accompanied by "inked out/inked"
r (superscript)recto
v (superscript)verso
t/p title page
sssingle sheet
7Eword preceding variant
äagreement 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
~WingCatalogue numbers are to the revised printed version of the Wing STC and may not conform to the electronic revision