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Altmann, Frank   Kurzgefaßtes Tonkünstler-Lexikon. 2 Teile in 3 Bänden. (Teil 2: Ergänzungen ab 1937),
FRANK, PAUL und WILHELM ALTMANN: Wilhemshaven, Heinrichshofens Verlag, 1974 -, 1983. 730 / 391 / 452 S. mit geringfügigen Gebrauchsspuren, guter Zustand. Der 1. Teil ist der unveränderte Nachdruck der Auflage. von 1936 Tonkünstlerlexikon 3 Bde. [komplett]. Kurzgefaßtes Tonkünstler- Lexikon fortgeführt von Burchard Bulling, Florian Noetzel, Helmut Rösner Teil 2: Ergänzungen und Erweiterungen seit 1937. Bd. 1: A-K. 15. Aufl. Wilhelmshaven 1974. XII, 394 S. 4°. OLn; Bd. 2: L-Z. dto. 1978. IV, 452 S. 4°. OLn. VG condition, with dj.
Hard to find standart work, in German,   £100 

Ambros, August W. & Langhans, Wilhelm. Geschichte der Musik 7 Vol. (History of Music) . Leipzig: Leuckart, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quarter-Leather. Very Good 1880 - 1889, 2cd. Ed., 5 Vol., numerous Music examples, together with Langhans, W.: Die Geschichte der Musik des 17., 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts in chronologischem Anschlusse an die Musikgeschichte von A. W. Ambros.: 2 Vol., Leipzig, Leuckart 1884, 1887. Vol. 1 - 4, 220 x 150mm, dark red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, with small ex - libris of 'Regina Sulger Gebing', also embossed owners stamp 'Emil Sulger,!, (Vol. 1 also with small inscription,1881, on frontpaper), light shelf wear, gilt embossed & decorated leather spine with scuff marks, corners bumped with cloth cover starting to wear through, clean and crisp inside. Vol. 5, 230 x 160mm, 1889, quarter-leather, leather corners, marbled boards, gilt embossed & decorated leather spine, small dealer sticker on inner board, condition as Vol. 1 - 4. Contents: I: Die Musik des griechischen Alterthums und des Orients. 1880. II: (Die Anfänge der europäisch abendländischen Musik). 1880. III: (15. und 16. Jhdt.: Niederlande, Deutschland, England und Italien im 15. Jhdt.).1881. IV: (Italien von Palestrina bis gegen 1650). 1881. V: Auserwählte Tonwerke der berühmtesten Meister des 15. und 16. Jhdts. 1889. Herausgegeben von Otto Kade. Langhans, W: Geschichte der Musik...... 8vo, 233 x 160mm, quarter - leather, leather corners, gilt embossed & decorated laether spine, dark red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, ex libris etc. as before & condition as Vol. 1 - 4, also slight fading to top of boards, small glued tear and dirt marks to cloth on board of Vol.2. This set of 7 Vol. weighs about 6 kg! Please enquire about shipping rates.  £180

Apian-Bennewitz, Paul Otto. Die Geige - Die Grundzüge der Akustik / Die Geschichte der Bogeninstrumente und eine ausführliche, beschreibende und bildliche Darstellung der Anfertigung der Geige und verwandter Streichinstrumente aller Art nebst ihrer Bestandteile.
Voigt, Leipzig, 1920. 2.voll.neubearb. und erw.Auflage.Herausg. Otto Moeckel. 4to. hb, linen, 416 pp; 174 ill. u. 7 Tafeln.
Condition good, some light wear , bumps to edges, brownig of paper, a few light annotations, sm.owners stamp £60

Bachmann, Alberto. An Encyclopedia Of The Violin, Da Capo Press, New York, 1966.
470pp, standard reference work. Very Good condition.  £10

Baese, Geary L.: Classic Italian Violin Varnish
1985, 99pp. sold

Balfoort, Dirk. Stradivarius. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hard Cover. Very Good ca. 1950; transl. from the Dutch by W.A.G. Davidson; 60 pp; b/w ill. in text; Balfoort was Asistant Director of the Municipal Museum at The Hague; Condition: boards lighty warped, near fine otherwise.  £10

Charles Beare: Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari - Cremona
1987, Cremona, 127pp, with numerous plates,softcover, parallel text in Italian and English48 products from Stradivari's workshop (violins, violas, celli and also a bow, guitar, mandolin, harp and violin case) were united for this seminal and highly influential exhibition in 1987.This catalogue has concise texts by Charles Beare for each items condition, some marks on cover.sold

Baruzzi, Arnaldo - Hill, Desmond (transl.). La Casa Nuziale - The Home of Stradivari 1667 - 1680. London: W.E. Hill & Sons, 1962. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Cloth. Very Good Small 4to, 85pp., + 24pp., 30 + plates, green cloth, gilt title on spine, Stradivari shield gilt embossed on front. A fine book, showing research into Stradivaris early Cremona home and workshop, with documents and fine b/w photos of his instruments of this period.  £35

Blume, F. (Ed.)  Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. (16 vols., inkl. 2 Ergz. Bd.)
Bärenreiter, Kassel, Unter Mitarbeit zahlreicher Musikforscher des In- und Auslandes herausgegeben von Friedrich Blume. 16 Bände (inkl. 2 Ergz. Bd.),1949/ 18000 Seiten.  dunkelgrüne OHLdr mit goldgeprägten Rücken., hunderte v. schw/w Abbld. Bedeutendes Standart Werk. Schöner Zustand.
16 volumes (including the two-volume supplement), 1949/51-1979. ca. 18000 pp;  hundreds of b/w illustrations, music. articles on all aspects of music history, plus extensive bibliographies. In German.VG set - heavy.   £200

Campion, Thomas. Songs of Thomas Campion. Selected and Prefaced by W.H. Auden. Introduction by John Hollander.. Boston: Ries & Erler, 1973. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Cloth. Very Good / Good. ISBN: 0-87923-036-3. 162 pp; musical examples, facsimilies, original cloth, dust jacket price clipped with slight tears to top edge and marks.  £20

Coates, Kevin: Geometry, Proportion and the Art of Lutherie
Oxford: Clarendon Press 1991, 178pp.,. sold

Confalonieri  Giulio. Storia della musica  Nuova Accademia Editrice, Milano., ca. 1963. 2 voll. in 4, pp. 746; 853. T. tl. con sovrac. Con molte ill. e tav. f.t. Accuratissima Storia della musica dall' antichità fino al nostro novecento.
2 Vol. standard book on Music history - in Italian. VG condition, in slipcase. £50

Cooper, Albert. The Cooper Collection, de luxe edition: Volume 1 & 2 of rare Violins, Violas, Celli, Bows, of Italian, French & English origin; 
The De-luxe edition is covered in gold blocked Skivertex simulated leather, also with dust covers.
Surrey: Ashford Publications, 1996 & 1998. Both Volumes have over 250 pages each, over 500  colour photographs by David Cousins.Size 210 x 300mm.
Nine aspects of each instrument and two of each bow are shown with measurements. Where relevant, details are included in the text accompanying each subject with translations into German, French, Italian and Japanese. 
Condition as NEW – might have very light scuff marks on DJ. Out of print.
Vol 1 records a unique collection of stringed instruments and bows. It contains 30 fine Italian instruments plus 40 French and English bows which are illustrated with over 250 colour photographs. Amongst others: Mantegazza, Giovanni and Paolo Grancino, Giuseppe Rocca, Alessandro Gagliano, G.B. Guadagnini, Giuseppe 'filius Andrea' Guarneri and Carlo Tononi.
Hardback. 256pp. SOLD OUT
Vol. 2: This handsomely produced volume records a unique collection of stringed instruments and bows. It contains 31 fine English, French and Italian instruments plus 65 English bows which are illustrated with over 350 colour photographs.
Both volumes: Nine aspects of each instrument and two of each bow are shown with measurements. Where relevant, details are included in the text accompanying each subject with translations into German, French, Italian and Japanese.
As new. Vol 1 now sadly sold out; Vol 2, with slipcase:  £100  more details here

Cooper, Albert. The Cooper Collection - Volume 2 only standart edition, contents as above. £50  more details here

Cooper, Albert: Benjamin Banks AND The Cooper Collection Vol. 2 £60 Special offer

Cooper, Albert: Benjamin Banks - the Salisbury Violinmaker 1727 - 1795 
Surrey: Ashford Publications, 2cd edition, 1995, 2cd edition, pp 168; A detailed survey of Banks' life, work and environment. The classic work on one of the greatest English makers of the 18th century. Based on extensive research, Cooper's book corrects earlier misconceptions about Banks's life and career and includes full illustrations and commentary on 27 instruments and bows. 'A wonderful contribution to serious violin literature.' In VG condition. £20  more details here

Technical Studies in the Arts of Musical Instrument Making Observations on the Construction of Stringed Instruments and their Adjustment:1987, 85 pp.,sold

Doring, Ernest W. : Violins & Violinists collection 1938 - 1960 + newsletters.
Very Rare periodicals - magazines on the Violin, makers, players , collectorsPublisher: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, Illinois, many b/w ill.
An almost complete collection, missing only no. 4 and 7 of the first publication year 1938.In total there were 168 numbers, from 1938 to 1960, though no. 120, the December issue of 1950 was the annual no. 7 & 8 in one volume, thus making the complete run actually 'only' 167!This offer therefore consists of 165 periodicals PLUS the equally rare 6 newsletters published between 1961 - 1964 by Doring after the magazine had ceased.
Ernest Doring as well as violin dealers Lewis & Son compiled and researched much needed information about the classical violin makers, often by consulting renowned experts at the time.The spread and width of this collection is just too much to list, but it includes information and articles published later in 'off prints', these in turn are hard to find, and many of the planned offprints were never realized.Some articles i.e.: 8 part article by Max Möller on Dutch makers, articles on Gofriller, Guadaginini, 4 articles on Rugeri/Rogeri, also Bergonzi and followers, various Amatis, Guarneris, Stradivari, Vuillaume, Dutch school etc. etc.
This rare collection might be ideally placed in a specialist music library, or of course with an equally enthusiastic collector as myself.I have collected these over many years, enjoyed them, but now it's time to pass them on. Scarce £1700

Doring, Ernest N. (Möller, Max - Contr. editor). Violins and Violinists, magazines 1949 - 1954. Chicago, Illinois: William Lewis & Son, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Pictorial Cover. Good 29 magazines 1949 - 1960. Condition is good, a few loose pages, some wear along folded spines, no.121 without cover. Complete list: no.s: 97 - 109 (1949 - 1951); 111 - 117 (1951 - 1952); 121 - 128 (1953 - 1954); 163 (Jan/Feb 1960) These issues include the 8 issues with the 8 part article by Max Möller on Dutch makers, as well as articles on Gofriller, Guadaginini, 4 articles on Rugeri/Rogeri, Gobetti, 3 articles on the Panormos as well as the Grancinos; Amati; Platner; Balestrieri; Bolognese Vln. makers. This set weighs 2 kg, please enquire about shipping rates. sold

Doring, Ernest N.  The Amati Family. Chicago, Illinois: William Lewis & Son, 1959. 51pp; b/w ill. in text; Offprint from 'Violin Violinists' magazine 1942 - 1943;  In cello taped plastic wraps, some marks, few page corners lightly torn w. minor loss, pencilled underlining, slightly musty   Scarce £50

Farga, Franz. Violins and Violinists. London: Rockliff, 1950. First Separate. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Good Translated from the German by E.Larsen, with a chapter on English Violin makers by E.W.Lavender (Editor of 'The Strad'), xvi, 223 pp, 130 illustrations (B&W photographs) , 10 line drawings, black cloth. A well researched book which is now a classic of its kind' (Regazzi)  £15

Flesch, Carl. Die Kunst Des Violinspiels 1& 2 Vol. ( The Art Of Violin Playing). Berlin & Leipzig: Ries & Erler, 1928. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Original Cloth. Very Good 315 x 250 mm, 2. ed, Vol. 1, 1929, 6 + 148pp., 8 plates with 35 b/w ill.; Vol. 2, 1928, 4 + 222pp; In GERMAN. Light coloured linen cloth, both Vol. with numerous music examples throughout. Minor marks on front cover, lightest wear to edges, pages browned, ep. in Vol. 2 with slight crease. Contents: Vol 1: Vorwort z. 1 & 2. Auflage; Die allgemeine Technik (5 Kapitel 76 pp.); Die angewandte Technik (5 Papitel 65 pp.) ; Sachverz; Namensverz; Verz. d. Notenbsp.; LIchtbilder; Vol. 2: Vorwort; Einleitung ( 6 Kapitel, 132 pp.); Anhang (84 pp.) with Fleschs' commentary and complete music examples: J.S.Bach: Chaconne a.d. 2. Partita d-moll; P.Nardini: Sonate di Camera 1. Satz; W.A.Mozart: Violinkonzert D-Dur KV 218 1.Satz; Viotti: Violinkonzert g-moll Nr.19 1.Solo d. 1. Satzes; Beethoven: Sonate op.96 1. Satz; Spohr: Konzert op. 47 Rezitativ; Medelssohn: Konzert op. 64 2.Satz; Vieuxtemps: Konzert Nr.4 d-moll 1.Satz; Schumann: Sonate op.121 3.Satz; Brahms: Sonate op. 78 3.Satz; Schnabel: 5 Stuecke 3.Stueck; Das Rubato in d. Ungar. Volksmusik; Sachverz.; Namensverz.; Verz. d. Notenbeispiel. These books weighs 2.4kg, please enquire about shipping rates.  £100 Rare

Fox Strangeways Ed.. MUSIC AND LETTERS 14 Vols. 1920 - 1926. London: 1920. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Cloth. Very Good.  All volumes are bound in sky blue quarter linen with marbled paper covers, and also marbled paper to the inside cover (originally issued in soft wrapper), gold embossed titles with dates and Vol. nos. to spine. This collection comprises of the first 14 Volumes published. The contents covers all fields of musical enquiry, from earliest times to present day. Includes wide range of reviews: scholarly editions of music of the past, new music. rare.  £180


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