When, in his edition of Nashe, McKerrow invented the term ‘copy-text’, he was merely giving a name to a conception already familiar, and he used it in a general sense to indicate that early text of a work which an editor selected as the basis of his own. Later, as we shall see, he gave it a somewhat different and more restricted meaning. It is this change in conception I wish to consider.

(Greg 1950, 19)

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