Origin of variorum
Examples from the Web for variorum
Historical Examples of variorum
The affray was repeatedly mentioned in Parliament, where the changes rung upon it produced quite a variorum edition of horrors.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
In general, the Variorum editions were not greatly prized, with the exception of those by the two Gronovii and Grvius.
See some admirable discussion on this passage, in the Variorum Shakspeare.The Pirate
Sir Walter Scott
I do not even possess a variorum edition of the poet; my only copy being Mr. Collier's excellent edition.
Boswell's Malone, the "third variorum" edition, is generally considered the best.Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Word Origin for variorum
1728, Latin, genitive masculine plural of varius (see vary), in phrase editio cum notis variorum "an edition (especially of the complete works of a classical author) with notes of various commentators or editors." Use with reference to an edition of an author's works containing variant readings (1955) is "deplored by some scholars" [OED].