Copy-text. The term popularized by W. W. Greg to designate the version of a text that can be considered authoritative in matters of accidentals (e.g., spelling, marks of punctuation) for the editorial reading text. When only one edition reflects the author’s personal scrutiny and later editions were “reprints,” that early copy-text’s authority extends to substansive readings as well.

(Kline 1998, 270)

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