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New Directions in Critical Editing

Peter M. W. Robinson

in Electronic Text

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0007
New Directions in Critical Editing

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As one prepares to plunge into the new world of electronic editions, it is instructive to look back on what Aldus Manutius achieved in the two decades from 1495 in his new world of printed books. The Aldine press published the first printing of nearly all the classical Greek authors. Making electronic editions requires much of the same combination of skills and circumstances as Aldus had. Aldus identified the wave of enthusiasm which arose when the new humanist scholarship, offering new eagerness for old texts and new texts to edit, encountered the new technology of printing, offering new ways of distributing these texts. Aldus guessed that many people would be so swept up with this wave of enthusiasm that they would buy scholarly texts they otherwise would not dream of buying. That is exactly what happened. This chapter further discusses computers and new tools for editors, as well as manuscript reproduction with the use of microfilms.

Keywords: electronic editions; Aldus Manutius; printing; computers; manuscript; microfilms

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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