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Navne, Esben: The Violin Maker and his Craft, 1979
82pp.;A very rare publication on geometric violin design with many interesting chapters - English text. Reference models Summary of "mistakes" The dimensions of the mould The rectangle of the instrument Dynamic construction "ad diagonalum" of the inner form's rectangle The main division of the violin Construction of the inside outline - step by step Basic form I Basic form II/​Stradivarius 1720 Detailed construction "Ad Circulum" construction (amplified) Distribution of the tangent circles and the body sections Basic form III The Stradivarius mould The module construction The Lira da Braccio Model (pattern) Discussion La Porte Harmonique The square root "2" division The Leonardo division The placing of the corners The button Outer body length and edge value Conclusion Postscript Bibliography Appendix : step by step drawings nos. 1-8 and basic forms I, II and III. Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-70)Good lightly used condition. £70 New

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

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

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

Rattray, David:Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making (1620-1850) Important Stringed Instruments from the Collection at the Royal Academy of Music(London)
2cd. enlarged edition, 2000, 192pp, many colour illustrations. dimensions 330 x 247 x 20mm
Condition as NEW might have very light scuff marks on DJ.
A wonderful book detailing the unique collection of classical Italian bowed stringed instruments at the RAM London.Including masterpieces by Amati, Cappa, Celoniato, Ceruti, Dalla Costa, Deconet, Gagliano, Grancino, Guadagnini, Guarneri, Landolfi, Pressenda, Rota, Rugeri, Seraphin, Sorsana, Stradivari, Tecchler, and Testore.Hardback,
Editorial ReviewsThis book presents a unique view of the work of the great Italian violin-makers from the 17th to the 19th centuries, based on the collection of The Royal Academy of Music in London. The Academy, founded in 1822, is Britain's senior conservatory and one of the oldest institutions in the world for advanced musical training. Included here are masterpieces by Amati, Cappa, Celoniato, Ceruti, Dalla Costa, Deconet, Gagliano, Grancino, Guadagnini, Guarneri, Landolfi, Pressenda, Rota, Rugeri, Seraphin, Sorsana, Stradivari, Tecchler, and Testore. This revised edition has an updated descriptive text, features 15 extra entries, devotes at least two full-color spreads to each instrument, and is supplemented with a new dendrochronological study. Specially-commissioned photographs display each violin, viola, or cello with large, high-quality illustrations, revealing details of these instruments as never before. The Academy's collection of stringed instruments consists of around 100 violins and a similar combined number of violas and celli, the majority of which were received as gifts over the last century, beginning with the Rutson Bequest in 1906. These working instruments are maintained in fine playing condition and generally are in the hands of young musicians during their time as students or at the outset of their careers. The fine selection presented here underlines the collection's core of masterpiece Italian violins, and for the most part this book includes only those instruments in the purest state of conservation. £140 New

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

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

Rossi, Bruno: G.B.Morassi: The Violin Maker and his Craft
College Music, Italy,1984.1000 numbered copies. Translated by David Katan. 78 p., b&w and colour ill., HB with dj;With written dedication (by the author?).An interesting book on the life and work of this influential modern Cremonese Violin Maker. £90 New

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

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 

STRAD magazines 1930's to 1990's. ca.500 +++ Large collection.
The STRAD magazine, monthly journal on the violin, players etc. published every month since May 1890!This is large collection, dating from 1932 to 1996.Many years are complete - also with doubles.
All in magazine boxes for easier storage.In total there are at least 500 magazines - probably closer to 600.
.The years (many complete from 1950's onwards) are:1932, 34, 1945-1949, 1950,53-59, 1960-65, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-96. Sorry, no shipping - collection in Bristol only. £200 

Vettori, Carlo:The Classic Lines Of Italian Violin Making
1979,Giardini Editori E Stampatori. HB with Dj,First edition. Hardcover w. dj, 250 pp, English and Italian text. A description of violin making styles of different schools over 143 pages, followed by numerous black and white images of Italian violins, violas by Cremonese makers but also lesser known and more rarely seen makers instruments (the text for the instruments is only in Italian). used, vg, some wear to dj.  £130 New

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

 

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