Editing of Simonas Daukantas: later corrections in â€œHistory of the Lithuanian Lowlandsâ€? (1828â€“1834)
Simonas Daukantasâ€™s manuscript â€œHistory of the Lithuanian Lowlandsâ€? (Istoryje Æµemaytyszka, IÆµ; 1828â€“1834, preserved at the Library of the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore in Vilnius, over 1100 pages in folio) is considered a fair copy; nevertheless it contains certain corrections by the author. Daukantasâ€™s original manuscript was rewritten (recopied) by Juozapas ButaviÄ?ius (Bt) at the Bernardine Monastery of Kretinga before May 17, 1835. Daukantasâ€™s corrections in his manuscript may be divided into two groups: (1) the earlier changes that were transferred to ButaviÄ?iusâ€™s copy, and (2) the later corrections that were inserted after the original manuscript had reached Daukantasâ€™s hands following ButaviÄ?iusâ€™s rewriting. This article is devoted to these later corrections by Daukantas. Orthographic peculiarities modified in later corrections may be grouped into four strata: (1) perhaps 1842â€“1845 (f. 1vâ€“1v), approximate time of composing the book â€œBÅ«das senovÄ—s lietuviÅ³ kalnÄ—nÅ³ ir Å¾emaiÄ?iÅ³â€? (On the Character of Ancient Lithuanians, both Highlanders and Lowlanders), printed in 1845; (2) perhaps about 1846 (f. 47v, 49râ€“53v); (3) about 1850â€“1854 (f. 56vâ€“110v); 4) also about 1850â€“1854 (f. 155râ€“519r; but later than the third stratum). The intention of the first and the second stratum of corrections was to reshape the earlier orthography he used in IÆµ, these strata being added during the St. Petersburg period in Daukantasâ€™s life. Daukantas introduced the third and the fourth stratum at the time he was compiling his â€œPasakojimas apie veikalus lietuviÅ³ tautos senovÄ—jeâ€? (Story of the Deeds of the Lithuanian Nation in Ancient Times; 1850â€“1854), most likely after he returned to Lithuania from St. Petersburg. The intention of corrections here was differentâ€”to revise some thoughts, to correct some mistakes and inaccuracies.
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