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date: 28 February 2020

Cock, Symonlocked

  • Susan Bain


(b Antwerp, 1489; d Antwerp, Aug 17, 1562). South Netherlandish printer. Although active as a printer in Antwerp for more than 40 years, he did not become a member of the Guild of St Luke until 1557, towards the end of his life. In his long and prolific career (more than 170 books) he printed prognostications, ordinances, theology and devotional books, and a number of English heretical texts, printed clandestinely. On 15 September 1539 he received a six-year privilege for printing psalters with music, the first privilege to print music in the Low Countries. On 28 September of the same year he printed the first Dutch metrical psalter, Een devoot ende profitelijck boecxken (ed. D.F. Scheurleer, The Hague, 1889, 2/1977). This was followed, in 1540, by his Souterliedekens – Psalter Songs – which became immensely popular, being reprinted several times by Cock, and later by printers in both the southern and the northern Netherlands. These two publications were printed by double impression, the staves in red and the text and music in black, but with different music notation. The first used a small Roman neume typeface on a four-line staff; ...

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