Music dealers and antiquarians
- Lenore Coral
The study of the retail distribution of music, both in and out of print, has been largely untouched by the music historian. Few of the major studies on important music publishers have mentioned the methods used to distribute their publications to the public.
From the beginning, music dealers were inseparably linked with the music publishers. The manuscript scriptorium and the early printing house each served as the distributor for the goods that it produced. By the early 16th century an international web united the book trade of Europe, so that many of the publisher-dealers in the major centres strove to have an international selection subject to the vagaries of politics and the difficulties of transport. Moreover, in order to sell the average impression of ...