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In classical scholarship, editio princeps is a term of art. It means, roughly, the first printed edition of a work, that previously had existed only in manuscripts, which were therefore circulated only after being copied by hand. Classical scholarship, also known as classical philology or classics, is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. ... Jargon redirects here. ...

For example, the editio princeps of Homer is that of Demetrius Chalcondyles, now thought to be from 1488. The most important texts of classical Greek and Roman authors were for the most part produced in editio princeps in the years on either side of 1500. Bust of Homer in the British Museum For other uses, see Homer (disambiguation). ... Demetrius Chalcondyles (1424–1511), born in Athens, was the brother of the writer Laonicus Chalcondyles In 1447 he migrated to Italy, where Cardinal Bessarion gave him his patronage. ...

The picture is complicated by the possibilities of partial publication, of publication first in translation (for example from Greek to Latin), and of a usage that simply equates with first edition. The term has long been extended by scholars to works not part of the Ancient Greek and Latin literatures. It is also used for legal works, and other significant documents. see also : The First Edition, the musical group fronted by Kenny Rogers. ...

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