Bibliographical Concepts and Terminology

Stanley Boorman

in Ottaviano Petrucci

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195142075
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850549 | DOI:
Bibliographical Concepts and Terminology

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The craft of bibliography has a long and distinguished history in its own right. The methodological studies of Ronald McKerrow, Fredson Bowers, Thomas Tanselle, and Don Krummel, among others have developed a corpus of procedures, both for analyzing the printed book and for laying out the results of that analysis. This corpus is generally accepted among bibliographical scholars, and one departs from it at one's peril, not merely because it is generally accepted, but also because it is the result of long and careful thought and testing. However, music printing and publishing is in some ways a special case; music printing in 16th-century Italy raises even more particular issues; and the output of Ottaviano Petrucci produces further problems, whichever detailed variation of the general approach one adopts. The function of this chapter is to discuss some of these problems.

Keywords: bibliography; Ronald McKerrow; Fredson Bowers; Thomas Tanselle; book; music; printing; publishing; Ottaviano Petrucci; Italy

Chapter.  3919 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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