Definition of editio princeps in English:

editio princeps

noun

  • The first printed edition of a book.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The work's popularity (not to mention notoriety) was quickly established, and the editio princeps was followed by a succession of Italian editions.’
    • ‘The Establishment went on from six official volumes of editio princeps to some 26, that's because they were now under the pressure.’
    • ‘The new evidence from Thebes has been subject to very dubious interpretations in the editio princeps.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

editio princeps

/eˈditēō ˈprinkeps/