1550s, "act of publishing," from L. editionem
) "a bringing forth, producing," from stem of edere
"bring forth, produce," from ex-
"out" + -dere,
comb. form of dare
"to give" (see date
(1)). Meaning "form of a literary work" is from 1560s. "It is awkward to speak of, e.g.
'The second edition of Campbell's edition of Plato's "Theætetus"
'; but existing usage affords no satisfactory substitute for this inconvenient mode of expression" [OED].