What would people here expect to find included in a new edition of a famous and readily-available historical memoir published as ’The Compleat [memoirist’s name]‘?
I mean, I know that historically compleat was just a variant spelling of complete, but when it’s used in this way in a book title I would say that the word implies rather more than the complete unabridged memoir. I opened it expecting, as well as the memoir, at least some account of what’s known of the memoirist’s life and times, explanatory footnotes, cross-references with other memoirists’ accounts of the same events, et cetera. When I bought this ‘compleat’ edition and found that it is literally no more than the complete text, I felt I had been suckered. (The more so as there are at least three other complete and unabridged editions currently available - it’s not even as though getting the unabridged text was a big deal.)
Do other people feel that ‘compleat’ in this context implies more than just ‘unabridged’ ?