Definition of editio princeps in English:

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editio princeps

Pronunciation: /eˈditēō ˈprinkeps/ /iˈdiSHēō ˈprinseps/

noun (plural editiones principes /eˌditēˈōnēs ˈpriNGkəˌpez/ /iˌdiSHēˈōnēz ˈprinsəˌpēz/)

The first printed edition of a book.
Example sentences
  • The Establishment went on from six official volumes of editio princeps to some 26, that's because they were now under the pressure.
  • The press was the first to print extensively in Greek, mostly editiones principes edited by scholars such as Marcus Musurus, Angelo Poliziano, Marsilio Ficino, and Aldus himself.
  • George Wheler saw the block reused in a Turk's house located on the right side of the road on the way to Sikyon, ‘a little way out of the Town [Corinth]’; he copied the text in 1676 and published the editio princeps in 1682.


Latin, from editio(n-) 'edition' and princeps 'chief, leader' (from primus 'first').

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