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Stanley Boorman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142075.001.0001

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Petrucci's Materials

Petrucci's Materials

(p.109) Chapter Three Petrucci's Materials
Ottaviano Petrucci

Stanley Boorman

Oxford University Press

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

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