EDITORIAL METHOD xxxiii
Unusual
or
confusing
abbreviations
are
expanded
within
square
brackets.
Where letters
are
obscured
or
difficult to read,
a
probable reading is placed
within
square
brackets with
an
assumption
of
correct
spelling,
grammar,
and
syntax.
If
no
reading is
given, an
estimate of the number of
illegible
words
and letters
is
indicated
by an
appropriate
number of dashes within
square
brackets.
Author's deletions deemed
insignificant
are
omitted without
comment.
Those
deemed
significant are placed
within
angle
brackets
preceding
the
re-
vised text. A
question
mark
indicates
an
uncertain
reading.
If
no
reading
is
given,
dashes
are
placed
within
angle
brackets
with
the number
of
dashes
approximating
the number of unreadable characters. The
text
of
a
deletion
within
a
deletion
is
stricken within the
angle
brackets.
Superscript
and
subscript
interlineations
are
brought
down to
the
line;
the
fact
of interlineation
is
noted when
significant.
Where lack of
punctuation might prove confusing,
an
extra
space is
left in
the
text.
Unless
it
is
believed
that
significant
information
is
lost,
words
or
sentences
marked
by
the
author
for
insertion,
but
physically placed
elsewhere
on
the
page, are
silently
inserted
in
the
text.
Unmarked
passages
are
placed
at
the
end of the document with
a
note to
indicate
original placement.
Where
sig-
nificant,
the
original placement is preserved.
Facsimiles of
diagrams
are
placed
as
close to
the
original arrangement
as
layout
of the
page
allows,
and
cap-
tioned where
necessary.
Where
excerpts
are
printed,
each omitted
portion
is
indicated
by
three
ellip-
sis
dots
in
square
brackets. The
beginning
of the
excerpt is always
indented.
ANNOTATION
Editorial
notes
discuss the
content
and
context
of
a
text
or
some
theme
com-
mon
to
a
number of
texts.
Footnotes elaborate
on specific
references to
persons, places,
literature,
scientific
developments,
organizations,
and
events
that
were
familiar
to
the
author and intended audience of
a
text
but
not
necessarily to contemporary
readers. Wherever
possible, primary
sources are
cited for
all
such information.
A
footnote
to
the bracketed dateline of
an
undated text without
postmark
is
used to
explain
the
dating.
Footnotes
are
also used
to correct
factual
errors
in
the
text,
to
identify
certain dialect words and
to comment
on
textual
prob-
lems
such
as confusing
spelling,
dubious
readings,
and
illegible
passages.
Cor-
rections
or
emendations
in
a
hand other
than
the
author's
are
omitted from
the
text,
but
included
as
footnotes
if
significant.
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