Petrucci's Materials

Stanley Boorman

in Ottaviano Petrucci

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195142075
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850549 | DOI:
Petrucci's Materials

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In order to start (and continue) printing music and other books, Ottaviano Petrucci needed to acquire a range of technical resources. These obviously included typographical material of various sorts, for music, text, and decoration: they also included both ink and paper, and the physical apparatus (principally the press). Apart from the paper, and the ink impressed on it, none of these survive: the only direct evidence lies in the printed books themselves, although there is indirect evidence from other printers' work and from some peripheral sources. Discussions of the evidence for each of these elements of book production fill this chapter. Relatively little is known about the materials and technology used for printing in Italy during the first century of printing. The earliest Italian descriptions of printing techniques were written long after Petrucci had finished work.

Keywords: Ottaviano Petrucci; material; ink; paper; press; book production; technology; printing; Italy

Chapter.  23960 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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