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Documentary Editing, Volume 29, 2007. ISSN 0196-7134


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The doctoral dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Scandinavian Languages that I duly defended in public at the University of Tampere, Finland, was a so-called philological edition3 for the period of 1678-1695 of the judgment book of the town of Ekenas,4 a Swedish-speaking town in southern Finland:" The scholarly edition includes philological commentary and indices for persons, places, subjects and cases. It constitutes a legal-historical document, which, I hope, will prove to have a long lasting philological and historical source value in both the Finnish and the Scandinavian perspective. (; Before I go on to discuss in greater detail the scholarly edition as dissertation topic in Chapter 4 in the light of my own experiences as a philologist and as an editor, I will briefly present the two volumes of this doctoral dissertation in Sections 2 and 3.