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Nardi, Carlo. The Violinmaker Cesare Candi and Paganini's Violin (1948). Cremona: Cremona Books, 2005. 2.. 8vo,
Trade Paperback. As New 70pp; 15 Illustrations. memoir by the restorer of Paganini’s ‘Cannon’ violin.      £22

Niederheitmann, Friedrich. Cremona. Buren: Knuf, 1986. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. Fine An Account of the Italian Violin-Makers and Their Instruments; Translated from the original by W. H. Quarrell, M. A. 16 + 96 pp; Brief history of violin making plus alphabetical listing of both major and minor makers. Book is hardcover without a dust jacket. Clean and tight and in very good condition.  £15

Nilsson, Bengt. Svensk Fiolbyggar Konst - Swedish Violin Making during the 18th. Century Until About 1865 . 
Malmö: 1988. Sold

Otto, Jacob Augustus. A Treatise on the Structure and Preservation of the Violin. London: Reeves, 4. Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Original Cloth. Good Further Enlarged. Translated From the Original, with Additions and Illustrations by John Bishop. 6 + 95 pp; 3 plates, 10 ill.; some splits to page gatherings; cover sl. bumped, discoloured; On the construction of the violin and other bow-instruments, account on the most eminent German makers., notice on the most esteemed Italian and Steiner's violins., of the repair; preservation, and method of bringing out the tone of instruments. VI appendix. Last part of the book are announcements, history, biography etc. With index  £15

New Otto, Irmgard / Adelmann, Olga. Katalog der Streichinstrumente.Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin. Publisher: Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 1975, pp.336. Text in German £10

(Paganini - see:)  De Saussine, Renee. Paganini

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Fetis, F.J.  Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Gordon, Herman. 36 Famous Italian Violins

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Nardi, C. The Violinmaker Cesare Candi and Paganini's Violin (1948)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Pulver, J.  Paganini the Romantic Virtuoso

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Stratton, S.  Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Tibaldi Chiesa, Maria.   Paganini. La Vita e l'Opera

Petherick, Horace. The Repairing and Restoration of Violins. London: Strad, 1903. Sold

Petherick, Horace. Joseph Guarnerius His Work and His Master. London: Strad, 1906. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Cloth. Very Good 8 + 220 + 16 pp; Numerous text illustrations by the author and 40 full-page photographs. An interesting and now controversial account of the life and work of this violin maker, about whose life little was written previously. Dark red cloth boards, faded, very firm and clean pages;  £50

Petherick, Horace. Antonio Stradivari. London: Strad, 1913. 2cd. Edition. 12mo, Cloth. Very Good 8 + 82 pp; + adverts; plates and ill; Dark red cloth boards, faded, very firm and clean pages; owners signature to ffep;  £30

Peterlongo, Paolo.  Il Violino di Vecsey / Die Geige Vecseys.
Tre raconti biografici / Drei biographische Erzählungen: Antonio Stradivari, Marechal Berthier, Ferenc de Vecsey.
377 S. linen hardback with dj., large 4to, 36 b/m ill. (photos- & facsimiles), 12 musicians autographs &14 col. photo plates of violins. text in Italian and German.In very good condition.  £120

New Peterlongo, Paolo. Strumenti ad Arco. Principi fisici del loro funziamento / Les Intruments à Archet. Principes physiques de leur fonctionnement.
Edizioni Siei, Milan, Italy, 1973. Illustrated with tipped-in color plates. Very Good.
Violins ill. in colour - 3 views - are: N.Amati, Cremona 1651, G.B.Rogeri, Brescia 1701, A.Stradivari, Cremona 1702 (D.Oistrakh), A.Stradivari 1716 (Berthier, Vecsey), D.Montagnana, Venice 1738 (Marsick), C.Bergonzi, Cremona 1739 (M.Piastro), S.Seraphin, Venice 1740, P.Guarneri, Venice 1743 (Baron Knoop, Hammerle), C.F. Landolfi, Milano 1751,
F.Gagliano, Napoli 1762 (Gioconda de Vito), G.B.Guadagnini, Parma 1767 (J.Joachim), G.B.Guadagnini, Turin 1783 (Kleynenberg, Ben Senescu, Carlos Molina).
Text in Italian and French. 268 pages. 4to. Green cloth, decorated in gilt. Acetate wrap and 4" wide paper band. £40

Peterlongo, Paolo. The Violin: Its Physical and Acoustic Principles. New York: Taplinger, 1979. Sold

New Pilar Vladimir. & Sramek, F.  Umeni Houslaru - The Art of (Czech-) Violin-Makers
Panton, Prague, 1989;  544 pp; dj.;
Profusely illustrated with b/w full-page plates, text-illustr., and a folding genealogical chart; text in Czech with Russian, English and German summary. Condition very good.
Probably the most important publication on Czech makers up to date - even of interest to non Czech readers as the many details of the makers featured are self explanatory.
Contents: 1. Preface 2. Historical development of Violin making in Bohemia and Moravia 3. Biographies and work of violin makers 4. Theoretical and practical problems of the violin and viola 5. Supplements; The book contains about 1400 photographs and other pictures. Very scarce. £180

Poidras, Henry. Critical and Documentary Dictionary of Violin Makers Old and Modern,
Vicomte, Rouen 1928.  Sold

Poidras, Henry. Dictionnaire des Luthiers Anciens et Modernes; Critique et Documentaire
Vicomte, Rouen, 1924, 4to. xiv,233,[2],pp. Sold

Pulver, Jeffrey. Paganini the Romantic Virtuoso. London: Herbert Joseph, 1936. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Good 328pp; 4 portraits of the violinists, a few light markings to the inside;  £25

Racster, Olga. Chats on Big and Little Fiddles. London: Laurie, 8vo, Cloth. Good nd. ca. 1920; 7 + 268pp; 20 ill.; foxing and some underlining notes etc.; tear to top of spine; better than just a reading copy though.  £10

Rattray, David. Masterpieces of Italian Violinmaking (1620 - 1850) Important Stringed Instruments from the Collection at the Royal Academy of Music. Condition as new. Signed by the Author
1. Edition; 72pp, glossy hardback; numerous colour photographs.
With forewords by Charles Beare, Malcolm Sadler,Peter Biddulph, Introduction by D.Rattray, Colour and b/w plates of 26 fine Violins, Violas and Cellos of the RAM collection with description and detailed measurements each shown in complete frontal views front and back, detail of scrolls. Discography, Glossary of Violin Making Terms and Bibliography. An outstanding book!
The collection comprises many fine instruments and this book features amongst other makers Amati, Guarneri, Rugeri, Stradivari, Guadagnini, Gagliano, Pressenda. £50

Regazzi, Roberto. The Complete Luthier's Library . Bologna: Florenus Edizioni , 1991. First Edition.
A useful international critical bibliography for the maker and connoisseur of stringed and plucked instruments. Limited edition to 600 copies.  18 + 556pp. condition VG. This book is out print. £180

Retford, William C. Bows and Bow Makers. London. The Strad, 1964. First Edition.
Small 4to, hardback, 250x190mm, 86pp., 24 b/w plates, 6 ill. VG condition, dj with tears and loss. £90

Retford, William C. Bows and Bow Makers. London. Novello. 1988.
Small 4to, 250x190mm, 86pp., 24 b/w plates, 6 ill. fine book, Softback. Sold

Retford, William C. (Malcolm Saddler, Ealing Strings) The Retford Centenary Exhibition
63 pp + 100 black & white photographic plates of bows.
Dark red cloth boards in original clear protective cover; A fine book celebrating the life and work of this influential craftsman and bowmaker, with an insight into to the firm of W.E. Hills. Good condition, some marks, spots on cover.  £40

NEW Retford, William C. (Malcolm Saddler, Ealing Strings) The Retford Centenary Exhibition
de Luxe leather bound, limited edition of 200; Like new, in original slipcase
63 pp + 100 black & white photographic plates of bows.
A fine book celebrating the life and work of this influential craftsman and bowmaker, with an insight into to the firm of W.E. Hills.  £120

Riemann, Hugo. Riemann Musik Lexikon (5 Bände).  Mainz Schott 1959-1975, 1959.
 xv, 986; xv, 976; xv, 1087; xv, 698; xii, 964 Seiten. goldgeprägte Leinenbände, 26 cm. 5 Bände: "Personenteil A-K", "Personenteil L-Z", "Sachteil", "Ergänzungsband Personenteil A-K", "Ergänzungsband Personenteil L-Z". - 12.neubearbeitete Auflage war als dreibändige Ausgabe konzipiert und wurde von Willibald Gurlitt und in der Nachfolge von Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht herausgegeben (Personenteile und Sachteil). Ihr folgten noch die beiden Ergänzungsbände, herausgegeben von Carl Dahlhaus. - Mit etlichen Abbildungen.
Large Musical Standart Lexikon in German. all 5 Vol.  Heavy!   £60

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. volume 1. Ann Arbour, 1993. 2cd.ed. 23 + 396pp;
72 illustrations. softback.
The first book to deal with the history of the viola from c.1500 to the present - the instrument, the music and outstanding violists. The history of large (tenor) and small (alto) violas, covering the period from c.1500 to c.1800 as well as many photographs, descriptions and dimensions of important violas and material about the 19th-century makers who attempted to 'improve' them.
Also with accounts of the contributions of Karl and Anton Stamitz, Chrétien Urhan and Paul Hindemith.
Contents: Part1. The Viola in the 16th. century. Part 2. Early Cremonese and Brescian Violas. Part 3. The Viola and its music in Italy during the baroque era. Part 4. The Viola in France and England during the 17th. and 18th. centuries.
Part 5. The Viola in Germany during the 17th. century. Part 6. The Viola in Germany and Austria during the 18th. century.
Part 7. The Viola in opera during the late 18th. and 19th. century. Part 8. Viola bows. Part 9.Instruction for the Viola.
Part 10. 19th. century literature for the Viola. Part 11. 19th. century violists. Part 12. Problems in the construction and renovation of violas and experiments... Part 13. Lionel Tertis and the English school of viola playing Part 14. The viola in Europe in the 20th. century Part 15. William Primrose Part 16. The viola in North America in the 20th. century Part 17. The future for the viola. Appendix 1 & 2. Glossary 1 &2. Bibliography. Index.
condition: VG, but for some wear to cover. Together with Volume2: Sold

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. volume 2. Ann Arbour, 1991. 2cd.ed. 25 + 454pp; 145 plates. softback.
Contents: Part 1.The Viola and its luthiers. Brescia. Italian violas from 1700 to present.German violas.English and French in the 18th and 19th century.Experiments in the design of the Viola.20th. century Violas.
Part 2. Recent research related to history of the Viola. Part 3. History of the Viola in the Decade 1980 - 1990.Part 4. Appendix, brief biographies of violists. condition: VG, but for some wear to cover. Sold

Rivarde, Achille . The Violin and Its Technique as a Means to the Interpretation of Music.
Macmillan, 1933, 2cd.ed..dark blue cloth, 51pp. with gold embossed coat of arms of Brentwood school, and pasted in music price certificate from 1936. (the Arthur Henry Brown prize, awarded to P. Allen by headmaster James F. Hough).
Part of The Musician's Library series. A fine and slim volume on technique, interpretation etc on playing the violin
. £20

Roda, Joseph. Bows for Musical Instruments. Chicago, Illinois: William Lewis & Son, 1959.
Large 4to, 290 x 225mm, W. Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1959. 335 pp., 47 plates (241 b/w illustrations). Gilt embossed title page and spine.
This is a very well preserved copy of this rare book on bowmaking. First and only printing 1959, limited to 3000 copies.
One of the most important texts on bows of the instruments of the violin family. Including the biographies of many well and famous bow makers of the French, English and German Schools detailing their work. A fine edition of this classic work.
Contents: Part I (115pp):
1. Origin and development of the bow 2. The modern type bow 3. Description of the present day bow
4. Materials used in bow making 5. Making a bow 6. Care of the bow 7. Rosin 8. How to choose a bow
Part II (220pp): Biographical list of bow makers and bow photographs, Bibliography List of subscribers Sold

Russian Collection Moscow: 2004, see Mihalsky, Vatslav.

Sacconi , Simone F. (Hamma, Warren, Wurlitzer - Editors). Sacconi Loan Exhibition Stringed Instruments and Bows. New York: Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, 1966. First Edition. Commemorating the seventieth birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi.  Edited by W.Hamma, K.Warren & M.Wurlitzer.
Large 4to, 295 by 240 mm.16 + 70 full page b/w plates. Condition: very good, lightest shelfwear to bottom edges.
A fantastic collection of instruments to celebrate the life of Sacconi.
Including many classical masterworks from Stradivari, Amati, Bergonzi, Cuypers, Goffriller, Guadagnini, Guarneri, Lupot, Maggini, Montagnana, Panormo, Rombouts, da Salo, Serafin, Tononi and Vuillaume, as well 18 modern master makers instruments and 38 old and modern master bows. £180

Sacconi , Simone F. (Hamma, Warren, Wurlitzer - Editors). Sacconi Loan Exhibition Stringed Instruments and Bows. New York: Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, 1966. First Edition. Commemorating the seventieth birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi.  Edited by W.Hamma, K.Warren & M.Wurlitzer.
Large 4to, 295 by 240 mm.16 + 70 full page b/w plates. Condition: some wear and bumps to corners and edges of cover, owners inscription, yellowing and slight waviness to page edges. Very good and clean otherwise. £100

Sacconi, Simone F. I 'Segreti' Di Stradivari. Cremona: Libreria Del Convegno, 1972. First Edition. Sold

Saint-George, Henry. The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
The Strad, London 1909. 108pp, 18pp. adverts at rear,, dark maroon hardback; VG
Foreword by the author ~ Illustrated by the author with 45 figures in the text. Portrait frontispiece, 8 plates and some music examples;
(The Strad: 'Probably the first book to describe the development of the bow, this is a gem because of the author's personal accounts of outstanding makers of the day. Alfred Tubbs appears to have assisted Saint-George, and he writes of James Tubbs in the present tense. A starting point for the study of the bow, giving the background to research undertaken in recent times. First published in 1895.) £40

Salabue, Cozio Di. Carteggio. Milano: Cordani, 1950. First Edition.   xxxiv, 515 pp, 9 plates, 28 ill. bown Coth. Very Good. First Edition. Small 4to. Gilt stamping to spine and front cover. 9 plates showing violins by Nicolo Amati (1668), A.Stradivari (1709) and Carlo Bergonzi (1733), as well as facsimiles of letters of Cozio di Salabue. The Italian text contains all the collected papers of Count Cozio di Salabue (1755 - 1840), which was purchased bu G.Fiorini in 1920 from the Counts heirs. A first hand account by the 'first violin collector'. Scarce  £250

Senn, Walter & Roy, Karl. Jakob Stainer, Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, 1617-1683. Franfurt Main: Bochinsky, 1986. Sold

Shosoin Office (Ed.). Musical Instruments in the Shosoin. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun Sha , 1967. First Edition. Large 4to. Cloth. Very Good / No Jacket. xxiv+234pp.. Large Quarto. Original Linen Covered Boards. Slipcase with pasted colour plate without spine. Illustrated with Full Page Photo Plates in Colour & Monochrome. Text in English & Japanese. A Fine Copy. First Edition A fairly rare book on Japanese Musical Instruments  £80  rare

Silverman, William Alexander. The Violin Hunter - the Life Story of Luigi Tarisio the Great Collector of Violins. London: William Reeves, 1964. Sold

Sotheby's. Musical Instruments Auctions various catalogues - please enquire

Sotheby's. Musical Instruments.
Very fine catalogue of the Musical Instruments Auction 14. November 1985.Violins Etc. Part 1. 120pp. numerous ill. in colour and b&w. hardback, VG condition.
Includes 4 famous Stradivaris - incl. the Lady Blunt violin of 1721, the 'Red Diamond' violin from 1732 , the 'Wilhemj' of 1725 and the 1730 'Ben Venuto, ex Pawle cello £40 

Sotheby's. Made for Music: An Exhibition to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Galpin Society for the study of Musical Instruments [Exhibition catalogue]. 11-22 August, 1986.. London: Sothebys, 1986. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Soft Cover. Very Good listing 189 instruments, many b/w photos, bowed, plucked, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instruments.  £10

New Spohr, Louis. Spohr's Violin School, revised and edited with additional text by Henry Holmes
Published by Boosey & Co., London, 1878
Dark green cloth boards, blind stamped and gilt lettered. A clean VG volume. Binding sound with no splits or cracks. No inscriptions. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. £40

New Spohr, Louis. Spohr's Violin School, revised and edited with additional text by Henry Holmes
Published by Boosey & Co., London, 1878
Dark green cloth boards, blind stamped and gilt lettered. A useful copy with some wear to cover etc.. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. £25

(Stainer, Jakob) - Jakob Stainer und seine Zeit. Bericht über die Jacob-Stainer-Tagung Innsbruck 1983
Ed. Walter Salmen, Edition Helbling, Innsbruck. Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Musikwissenschaft Band 10. Text in German.
8to. 216pp, soft cover. VG.
With text contributuions from Pfaundler-Spat, Bletschacher, Sehnal, Kolneder, Karl Roy, W.Boumann, Giobatta Morassi, Charles Beare, H.Heyde, A.Greither, H.Schmidt, A.Planyavsky, W.Salmen, G.Stradner, E.Kubischek, F.W.Riedel, M.H.Schmid, W.Sawodny, H.Unverricht, H.Schneider, P/Petrobelli, M.Ronez, E.Melkus, M.Spielmann, M.Engel. Sold

Stainer, C.. A Dictionary of Violin Makers. London: Novello, revised, n.d. 102 + 10 pp; comprehensive little dictionary covering many schools. board corners worn, bent, some browning, fair £10

New Stradivari e la Liuteria Cremonese dall' U.R.S.S.  Cremona, Palazzo Comunale 18.9- 8.10. 1988
Turris, Cremona, 1988. Folio. Sold

Stradivari - see:  Bacchetta, Renzo.  Stradivari non è nato nel 1644

- - - - - - - - - - - -  Baruzzi, A.  La Casa Nuziale - The Home of Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Beare, C.  Capolavori Di Antonio Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Bonetti, Cavalcabo, Gualizzini. Stradivari. Reports and Documents 1937

- - - - - - - - - - - - Herrmann, Emil. Stradivarius Memorial Concert 1937

- - - - - - - - - - - - Herrmann, Emil. Rare Violins 1926 - 1927.

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E. Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work (1644 - 1737)

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E. The Tuscan and Le Messie

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E.  The Salabue Stradivari,

- - - - - - - - - - - - Petherick, Horace. Antonio Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Stradivari e la Liuteria Cremonese dall' U.R.S.S.

- - - - - - - - - - - - Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963

- - - - - - - - - - - - Wallenberg, Hans. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari 1709

Stratton, Stephen S.. Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work. London: 1907. First Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Good 205pp. plus trade adverts; Hardcover. Tissue-guarded frontis. B/W plates & illus. Illustrated front cover. The Strad Library no. 17. light wear to covers, some foxing, small rectangle cut out from ffep (former owners sing?).  £20

Szigeti, Josph: Szigeti on the Violin. Cassell & Co. London 1969, 10+ 234 pp.; many music ex. throughout the text; book is VG - even though its ex library, withdrawn stamp, dj price clipped £20

THE STRAD - a Monthly Journal for Professionals and Amateurs of All Stringed Instruments Played with the Bow, from 1950 onwards E. Lavender Ed.; Novello, London, original wraps; Many back issues of this important monthly magazine are available. 
The Strad has been published without interruption since 1890 to the present day and provides a wealth of information about the violin family and their players. Many full yearly runs are available (12 issues), starting in the 1950's to present time. Let me have your wants or requirements! Condition generally good and better, might have staple rust, creases, light tears to cover;      
One yearly run:  £30.00  single issues where available:  £4 - some poster issues are £7

THE STRAD - a Monthly Journal for Professionals and Amateurs of All Stringed Instruments Played with the Bow  35 Issues from the 1945 till 1949
1945 - 8 Vol: Feb(no cover), May, June, July,Sept - Dec;
1946 - 5 Vol: April, July, August, Oct, Nov;
1947 - 1 Vol: Dec;
1948 - 10 Vol: Jan (cover torn) - July, Oct - Dec;
1949 - 11 Vol: Jan, March - Dec; 
35 issues in total, might have staple rust, creases, light tears to cover.
The Strad has been published without interruption since 1890 to the present day and provides a wealth of information about the violin family and their players.  £100  or £4 single issue

THE STRAD - a Monthly Journal for Professionals and Amateurs of All Stringed Instruments Played with the Bow  11 Issues from 1923 till 1944
1923 : Aug; Oct; 
1928 : March (rear cover miss.)
1938: July; Sept; Oct; Nov; 
1939: Jan (w. plate)
1944: March; Sept; Nov;
11 issues in total, might have staple rust, creases, light tears to cover.     £30 or £4 single issue

Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963. Cremona: Turris, 1996. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Trade Paperback. As New 4to, 300x220mm, 80pp., 47 b/w plates, text in Italian, English, German and French; Catalogue of an exhibition of fine Stradivari instruments organized by the collector Enrico Costa in Stresa (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella 26.8 - 10.9.1963). £22

Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963. Stresa: Settimane Musicali Di Stresa, 1963. First Edition, Sold

Szigeti. A Violinists Notebook. London: Duckworth, 1964. First Edition. Sold

Tibaldi Chiesa, Maria.  Paganini. La Vita e l'Opera
Garzanti, 1947, 4. edition; 484pp, 14 ill. 18 facsimile, in original wraps with dustcover.
condition G ++, dustjacket frayed with some loss.  £25

Tiella, Marco & Zanisi, Tiziano. Contributo Allo Studio Del Restauro Degli Strumenti Musicale.
Cremona : Turris, 1990. 8vo, Original Wraps. Very Good (Contributions to the study of musical instruments conservation) Large 8vo, 148pp., numerous b/w photos and diagrams in text. Forewords in English and German, main body in ITALIAN! 15 articles covering this interesting subject, bibliography and English index.      £30

Tolbecque, Auguste. L'Art Du Luthier. Niort: Fort - Foucault, 1903. First Edition. 4to. Half-Leather, gold embossed on ribbed spine; 10 + 314 pp; 100 b/w ill; 6 portraits;
The rare 1. edition, bound in half leather. A very interesting book - in French - on many aspects of violin making, repairing, tools and historical varnish recipies (Piemontais of 1550; Fioravanti 1564; Zahn 1685; Bonanni 1713; Tingry 1803; Watin 1808; Maugin 1834; Rambaux 1845; Wurtz 1878); condition VG inside, half leather cover broken, split at spine, bumped worn edges, with written comments etc. on end papers by previous owner.   £350

Vannes: Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers Brussels: Les Ami De La Musique, 1951, 2cd ed.Sold

Vatelot. Les Archets francais 2 Volumes, 1. edition 1976 Sold

Von Schulmann, Otto. Echt Oder Falsch. 
Siegburg: F.Schmitt, 1976. Second Edition. 8vo,  Original Wraps. Fine 78pp; 6 b/w plates of classical Italian violins; Text in German; Ein Beitrag zur Beurteilung Altitalienischer Meistergeigen für Geigenliebhaber.     £15

Wake, Harry S.. The Technique of Violin Making . San Diego, Calif.: Privately Printed, 1973. Sold

Wallenberg, Hans. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari 1709. Hamburg: Edition AB, 1973. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hard Cover. Fine Antonius Stradivarius Cremonesis Faciebat Anno 1709. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari. Die ungewöhnliche Geschichte einer Geige, dargestellt in Briefen und Dokumenten. Wallenberg, Hans / Meyer, Jochen (Hrsg.), Square 4to, 95pp; ill + 1 LP; limited to 1000 editions; marbled bords in slipcase ( broken along 2 edges). text in German with an English translation; A well made monograph on this celebrated Violin now conserved in Berlin. Nice ilustrations and with 8 fine facsimile certificates and letters with photos; The long playing phonograph record features MIchael Schwalbe playing J.S.Bach Sonata no. 1 g-min and N.Paganini Capricen no. 9 & 24; the record appears un-played, the records slipcase also with b/w photo of the violinist.  £150

Wechsberg, Joseph. The ( Glory of the ) Violin. 
London: Arts Book Society, 1973. 8vo, Cloth. Very Good / Very Good. Tall 8vo, 314pp., 8 b/w plates, black cloth, VG; dj; An interesting text on the violin, its makers, legends, stories on stolen violins , varnish and much more. Great fun to read for the beginner and seasoned lover of violins!     £20

Werro, Henry. 'Ole Bull' Joseph Guarnerius Del Gesu 1744. Berne: Werro, Henry, 1971. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Three-Quarter Leather. Fine 51 pp., limited to 400 editions; gilt titles to front, cloth/board slipcase, 2 portraits of Ole Bull, 4 original b/wphotographs of the violin. In German, French and English. Rare monograph on this violin.  £200

Whone, Adam. Edward Withers Ltd - 230 Years of Violin Craft in Soho. London: Mill Hill Publications, 1996. First Edition.  As New / Fine. Large 4to.300 x 220mm, hardback, green cloth, dustjacket, 112 pp., many ill. and 16 colour plates of instruments throughout. With a family tree on one endpaper, and a map of Soho on the other. 
The book not only portraits the violin making and dealing firm of Withers, but also portraits the many fine makers associated with it in its historical and cultural context. An important book on this chapter of British Violin Making. Content: Background; Norris & Barnes; Richard & William Davis; John Frederick Lott II; E.Withers I; E. Withers II; George Withers and Sons; E., S.B. & D.S.Withers; E.Stanley Withers; Dietrich Kessler; Adam Whone; Endnote; Letters; Index of Violin Makers and Restorers.     Sold

Wibberley, Leonard. Guarneri - Violin-Maker of Genius.
London: MacDonald and Jane's, 1974. First Thus. 8vo, Hard Cover. Very Good; dj Very Good. 151pp; Fine, bright copy, in gilt-lettered green cloth; Jacket design by Richard Cuffari. Juvenile novel of young orphan Thomas Soli, living in a monastery in 18th century Cremona, whose gift for singing leads him to be apprenticed to master violinmaker, Guarneri del Gesu.     £15

Winram, James. Violin Playing and Violin Adjustment. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1908. First Edition. 8vo, Original Cloth. Good 10 + 126 pp; 9 b/w photo plates; blue cloth; interesting and uncommon. Condition: slight wear, slackening and foxing.      £30 

Woodcock, Cyril. Dictionary of Contemporary Violin and Bow Makers. Brighton: Amati Publishing, 1965. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. As New / Very Good. with Dustjacket  10 + 96pp, + 132 b/w plates; this volume can be considered a companion piece to Henley's Universal Dictionary.     £30

Wordsworth, W. (Editor), Jaqueline Du Pres: Impressions. 
London: Grafton, 1989. Second Edition. 4to, Cloth. Very Good / Very Good. Edited by William Wordsworth; Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales; 143pp.; many illustrations in text; this book pays tribute to J. du Pres, with contributions amongst others by Dame J.Baker, Lady Barbirolli, Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Gerald Moore, William Pleeth, Pinchas Zukerman.  £10

Wunderlich, Friedrich. Der Geigenbogen - Eine Schrift Für Den Fachmann Und Alle Geiger. Sold

Wurlitzer Rembert. The Henry Hottinger Collection. 
New York: Rembert Wurlitzer Incorporated, 1967. First Edition. Sold

Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph.  Rare Violins Violas Violoncellos of the 18th. And 19th. Centuries Wurlitzer Collection 1931, Part 1. New York: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. Sold

Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph. Rare Bows for Violin Viola Violoncello By Makers of the 18th. And 19th. Centuries Wurlitzer Collection 1931. New York: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.,
48pp.; 4 b/w plates; Good ++ light creases; 12 fine bows are illustrated; this is the accompanying catalogue to the 1931 cat. on Violins etc. Condition good, light wear/ loss to original wrapper. £100

Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph. Rare Violins Violas Bows of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. 1925.
New York: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., 1925. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Original Wraps. Good 94 pp; 13 colour plates, including Violins by Stradivari Betts 1704 ; Soli 1708; Archinto 1721; Conte D'Armaille 1737; ; Strad Viola 1690; Guarneri del Gesu Violins: Leduc 1743; Doyen 1741; Spanish 1739; Jarnowic 1741; Carlo Bergonzi 1740; N.Lupot 1816;
In good condition, spine frayed, binding , gathering loosened in places; All instruments are listed with prices and description. Also listing of strings, Hill cases and accessories, as well as repairs carried out by Wurlitzers.   £80

Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph. Rare Violins Violas Bows of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. 1925.
New York: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., 1925. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Original Wraps. Good 94 pp; 13 colour plates, including Violins by Stradivari Betts 1704 ; Soli 1708; Archinto 1721; Conte D'Armaille 1737; ; Strad Viola 1690; Guarneri del Gesu Violins: Leduc 1743; Doyen 1741; Spanish 1739; Jarnowic 1741; Carlo Bergonzi 1740; N.Lupot 1816;
In good (-) condition, spine frayed, binding loosening, part of rear cover missing.
All instruments are listed with prices and description. Also listing of strings, Hill cases and accessories, as well as repairs carried out by Wurlitzers - all with prices!  £65

Wynne, Barry - Goosens. Music in the Wind. The Story of Leon Goossens & His Triumph Over a Shattering Accident. 
London: Souvenir Press, 1967. First Edition. 8vo, Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. 8 + 119 pp; dj with some wear and chips; otherwise VG.      £10

Ysaye, Antoine. Ysaye. London: W.E.Hill & Sons, 1980. First Edition. Sold

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