1672 Rul'd Books ready for Musick

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John Ford was a bookseller and the publisher of Playford’s Choice Songs and Ayres (1673) in partnership with Thomas Collins. This unrecorded advertisement adds a little to our understanding of his activities, showing him specializing in stationery supplies for musicians. His publishing activities span only a few years, from 1671 to 1673. Ford and Collins’ other publications include Evelyn’s translation of Rapin, Of Gardens and two plays, Shadwell’s The Miser and John Wilson’s The Cheat. —Plomer, Dictionary of Booksellers and Printers 1668-1725, p.119.

See also: A.B. Méguin, Art de la réglure des registres et des papiers de musique: méthode simple et facile pour apprendre à régler: contenant la fabrication et le montage des outils fixes et mobiles, la préparation des encres et différens modèles de réglure: suivi de l’Art de relier les registres, ouvrage utile aux papetiers, imprimeurs, relieurs, etc. [Art of Ruling Records and Music Papers: A Simple and Easy Method to Learn: Containing the Manufacture and Installation of Fixed and Mobile Tools, the Preparation of Inks and Different Models of Ruling: Monitoring Art Link Registers, Useful Papermakers, Printers, Bookbinders, etc.] (Paris: Audot, éditeur, rue des Maçons-Sorbonne, no. 11, 1828). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) 2012-0696N