text (definitive)

It follows from this that no fixed, unique, definitive “Text” of a work exists. The “Text” of a work is rather composed of the sum of the transmitted “Texts” of the historically determinable versions of the text existing at any one time. Together they constitute the “Text” of a work in the editorial sense. Each of these textual versions is bound to a particular chronological place within the development history of the work, and each has its unique characteristics with regard to that time and place.

(Scheibe 1995, 201)

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