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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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Ideal Copy: Petrucci's View of the Book, Its Character, Function, and Destination

Ideal Copy: Petrucci's View of the Book, Its Character, Function, and Destination

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(p.247) Chapter Eight: Ideal Copy: Petrucci's View of the Book, Its Character, Function, and Destination
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Ottaviano Petrucci
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Stanley Boorman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142075.003.0009

This chapter addresses one of the more thorny questions in the history of music printing, namely, the question of who was expected to buy the printed books. It examines what Ottaviano Petrucci and his employees did with the content of a book to make it useful and appealing. Thus, the chapter examines in-house decisions concerning matters such as format and layout, levels of responsibility about readings and accuracy, and some special features (for example, incomplete mass texts) found in the books. These help in the detection of Petrucci's view of the users of his book. Simply put, the chapter is about bibliographical and textual matters, reflecting Petrucci's attempts to make people like his books after they bought them.

Keywords:   history, music, printing, Ottaviano Petrucci, in-house, format, layout, books

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