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  • Szilágyi Emőke Rita Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont Irodalomtudományi Intézet


When preparing a critical edition, the editor must aim to reconstruct the text as closely and exactly as possible. In the case of an edition of early modern correspondence, it is impossible to collect the entire original corpus to begin with, and not only because some of it has been lost, destroyed or lies undiscovered, but also because authors themselves often made sure that some pieces of the correspondence disappeared. Based on the remaining pieces, we can still make inferences regarding the size of the complete collection, its topics, and the author’s correspondents.However, we can only see these to the same extent we can estimate the size of an iceberg based on its parts above water. In my paper I present the conclusions reached while preparing the critical edition of Nicolaus Olahus’ correspondence, with the help of the iceberg metaphor.