The Introduction discusses the meaning of the three principles; the eternal process and sequence; predestination and the problem of evil; reconciling scripture with nature; structures and objectives of The Three Principles of Divine Being; the source text, commentary, and translation; critical apparatus
and manuscript tradition; making use of the volume and bibliography; and summary of chapters.
In so doing, Prevost presents an edition that attempts to consolidate the reality of Faust's performance history with a meticulous study of the sources and evidence of Gounod's preferences--allowing for variants and substitutions of certain arias and scenes (some of them relatively minor changes that have been often necessary, depending on a company's resources and its particular performers) with the aid of his critical apparatus
One of the great strengths of this handsome edition is the extensive critical apparatus
that makes the material readily accessible to those without a knowledge of Czech.
Many of the key aspects of a critical apparatus
evolved along with the printed book.
Gardner's translation is framed by a short, but insightful, introduction and by a substantial critical apparatus
divided into "Notes to the Text," which compares extant published editions of Fracastoro's poems, and "Notes to the Translation," which identifies Fracastoro's main literary sources.
Buck Kachaluba and Aaron Dziubinskyj provide a critical apparatus
helping readers to understand the novel's literary genesis and genealogy as well as its historical context.
For a 100-odd page monograph, the range of subjects is impressive, although the result of this is that the critical apparatus
is often minimal (for better or worse, depending on your needs and desires).
In the critical apparatus
accompanying these texts, the authors delve deeply into questions of attribution--some of these articles were actually written by Balzac himself.
As with all the volumes in this series, the translations are impeccable and critical apparatus
a service to future generations of Bonhoeffer scholarship in the context of the Third Reich.