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1974) Principles and Practice of Textual Analysis. Berkeley: University of California Press. Dooley, Allan C. (1992) Author and Printer in Victorian England. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia. Dreiser, Theodore (1900) Sister Carrie. New York: Doubleday (1981 edn, ed. James L. W. West, III. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press). ), The Future of the Book, pp. 63– 101. Berkeley: University of California Press. Eriugena (1968–95) Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae, Periphyseon (De Diusione Naturae).

Editing is the application of the findings of textual analysis to the production of different kinds of editions for different kinds of readers, under the aegis of one or another theory of editing. Although “[t]he chief purpose of bibliography is to serve the production and distribution of correct texts” (Gaskell 1972: 1), not all bibliography is subordinated to text, and not all textual bibliography is promulgated in the form of editions. Later twentieth-century bibliotextual theory, as developed by Jerome McGann, treated a published text as the result of a collaboration between the author and all those (amanuenses, proof-correctors, editors, publishers) who had an opportunity to alter that text (McGann 1983).

H. Howard-Hill catalogues, the dates are conjectural, in some instances pro forma. 1) that consists of a catalogue that contains “Addenda 1821” and a separate 1829 supplement with its own pagination, register, and printer. The Bodleian cataloguer apparently dated the book 1829 as the year in which the three parts were issued together, but that obscures the fact that the volume was produced in three different years. Further, the extent of anonymous and pseudonymous books in the early period is considerable and the bibliographer may have great difficulty in determining what the authority of such a book is (Griffin 1999).

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