Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 24, Number 3, September 2002.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
Annotation enhances the value of documentary editions, which is in part why early publications without such notes frequently confused readers, especially those with limited background knowledge. In modem documentary editions annotations provide important historical references, which means that misidentifications, especially when copied repeatedly, can have lasting negative impact.