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diplomatic edition 

A type of *documentary edition. Unlike type *facsimiles, which attempt to duplicate the exact appearance of source documents, diplomatically transcribed editions faithfully reproduce the linguistic aspects of their sources (e.g. wording, punctuation, spelling, capitalization), but not bibliographical characteristics, such as layout, typeface and size. The strictest transcriptions reproduce absolutely every textual element, including all *accidentals, abbreviations, corrections, and errors. Semi-diplomatic transcriptions emend those aspects of the text thought to have little impact on meaning; they may correct obvious errors, silently expand uncommon abbreviations, or even modernize spelling and capitalization. Diplomatic transcriptions are particularly useful for editing MSS and other texts, such as letters and diaries, not intended for print publication. Notable examples of diplomatic editing include the publications of the Malone Society and Bernice Kliman’s ‘Enfolded Hamlet’ (1996), an electronic edition of the F1 and Q2 texts.

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