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Books on the Violin etc.   (updated July 2022)

How to order: just note the author/title and send me an e-mail together with your contact details.
 I will let you know availability and postage by return. Contact:

Books A-G           Books H-M              Books N-Z  

Click on above links to see all titles and descriptions - listed by Author A-Z

Some recent titles- more details and all book on the A-Z links above.


A book collector is interested in the first edition,
but an author is more interested in the tenth.

Dilworth, John: 3 Monographs on Antonio Stradivari:
The ''Archinto'' Cello 1689 ,  ''La Pucelle'' Violin 1709, ''Tyrrell '' Violin 1717
New £ 45 each / £ 120 set

Lebet, CLaude: ROMA & I SUOI LEUTARI ( Luthiers of Rome),2007 , in Italian and English New £200

Roda, Joseph: Bows for Musical Instruments of the Violin Family, deluxe fully leather bound, slipcase 1959 New £600

Claude Lebet:  Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers  Vol 3, 1985  New £150

Jalovec, Karel : Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers 2 Vol., 1986 New £180

Vatelot, Etienne : Les Archets Francais, 2 Vol. 1976 1.Ed. Sold

Hopfner Rudolf : Meisterwerke der Geigenbaukunst. Masterpieces of Violin-Making :
The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank. NEW £65

Senn, Walter & Roy, Karl. Jakob Stainer, Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, 1617-1683.
Bochinsky 1988. out of print. The seminal work on this influential maker, Text mainly in German, many ill. NEW £250
Le Canu: Les Luthiers Francais - Vol.3 : Paris 1993, preface by Bernard Millant; 88pp, col.ill Sold
Bonetti, Carlo and Daniel Draley : A Genealogy of the Amati Family of Violin Makers 1500-1740
The Maecenas Press,1989, Very rare. limited edition, dark leather only 120 copies. £450
Dvorák , Antonín 100. 1841-1941. Prag  An anniversary publication: . £40

Henley, William. Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow Makers, Vol. 1 - 5, 1959, leather bound in one volume. £250

Hill, William Henry The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626 - 1762)  1980.Quarter-Leather. As New  £180

Jalovec, Karel :  Houslari Italie - Italian Violin Makers 1948  A very rare first edition, 20 issues  £120

(Amati) : Andrea Zanrè (Ed.) The Girolamo Amati Viola - Galleria Estense   Sold

(Brescia - Conference Catalogue)  Liuteria e Musica strumentale a Brescia tra Cinque e Seicento 2 Volumes RARE   Sold

Pilar Vladimir. & Sramek, F.  Umeni Houslaru - The Art of (Czech-) Violin-Makers  £180

Dennis Plowright (British violin maker):  Dictionary of British Violin and Bow Makers, 1994 £20

Doring, Ernest: The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers Chicago, Illinois: William Lewis & Son, 1949.  £220

Doring, Ernest W. : Violins & Violinists collection 1938 - 1960 + newsletters. Scarce £1700

Apian-Bennewitz, Paul Otto. Die Geige £60

Riemann Musik Lexikon 5 Vol. £60

Blume, F. (Ed.)  Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. hardback, leather (16 vols) £200

Altmann, Frank   Kurzgefaßtes Tonkünstler-Lexikon. 2 Teile in 3 Bänden.
Hard to find standard work, in German,   £100

Confalonieri  Giulio. Storia della musica, 2 Vols. £50


The highly informative and collectable    
Albert Cooper collection  

The de luxe edition 

Cooper, Albert. The Cooper Collection - Volume 1 & 2. Surrey: Ashford Publications
Rare Violins, Violas, Celli, Bows, of Italian, French & English origin;  Surrey: Ashford Publications, 1996 & 1998. Both Volumes have over 250 pages each, over 500  colour photographs by David Cousins. Size 210 x 300mm,
faux leather bound, dust jackets, in slipcases. O
ut of print.
Volume 1 contains 30 fine Italian instruments plus 40 French and English bows, all of which are illustrated with over 250 colour photographs.
Volume 2 contains 31 fine English, French and Italian instruments plus 65 English bows which are illustrated with over 350 colour photographs.
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. 

 £100 Vol 2 de luxe, with slipcase
Vol 1 all sold out.

Cooper, Albert. The Cooper Collection
Volume  2 only, standard - library-edition - last few!  £ 70

Cooper, Albert: Benjamin Banks - the Salisbury Violinmaker 1727 - 1795  £20

Special offer:
Cooper collection Vol.2 and B.Banks book:

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Books are described as fair as possible - minor faults may not be always mentioned - however the overall condition is reflected in the price.  With dust jacket - dj - only  when mentioned in description.
Many of the books on offer are scarce and hard to find - please ask for the titles you are interested in and they can be reserved for you.

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Book sizes:                                                     
4to - up to 12" tall                                            
8vo - up to 9 3/4"                                            
12mo - up to 7 3/4 
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16mo - up to 6 3/4 "                                        
24mo - up to 5 3/4"
Folio - up to 15" 
Elephant Folio - up to 23"
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