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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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Problems of Chronology: Editions and Impressions, Cancels and Sophisticated Copies

Problems of Chronology: Editions and Impressions, Cancels and Sophisticated Copies

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(p.187) Chapter Five Problems of Chronology: Editions and Impressions, Cancels and Sophisticated Copies
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Ottaviano Petrucci
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Stanley Boorman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142075.003.0006

This chapter offers a complex bibliographical history of Ottaviano Petrucci's work. It seeks to bring a semblance of order to the chaos. It presents the evidence for detecting “hidden” editions, impressions of parts of a book, and cancel leaves and sheets. It also demonstrates the possibilities that exist for arranging these (often newly reported) printings in chronological order. The simplest means of detecting new editions or impressions is to compare each page of every copy of a title with the same page of every other copy. Petrucci was unable to keep type standing after he had seen a forme through the press. The type was needed for the pages that were to be set up next. Therefore, each new printing must have been started from scratch, and every detail of the text would have been set up again.

Keywords:   Ottaviano Petrucci, new editions, impressions, book, cancel leaves, printing

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