Once the list of alterations has been verified, this list is used to reconstruct the transmission of the text from its creation to its publication. The alterations list is also used to analyze the textual history of the text in order to determine at what point each of the variations were published or created and which version of the text is the most accurate representation of George Santayana’s intention. The stemma chart from Step 1 (which is also shown here) is a partial example of the textual history.
The stemma chart below shows represents the stages of the text’s publication. Horizontal lines show that the same typesetting was used and that there were few changes made to the text aside from a new wrapper and copyright pages. The vertical lines mean that a new typesetting was used and that there are no changes to the text.