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

-- Anonymous

Books on the Violin etc.   (updated May 2021)

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

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.



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 now sadly sold out.

Cooper, Albert. The Cooper Collection
Volume  2 only, standard - library-edition - last few!  £50

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 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.

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

John White : An anthology of British viola players. £50

Apian-Bennewitz, Paul Otto. Die Geige £60

Sotheby's. Musical Instruments. Lady Blunt violin auction 14. November 1985 £40

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

Auerbach: An Eye for Music (ltd. ed.) £40

Brancour: Histoire des instruments  £10

Broadhouse: Violin, how to... (Reeves)  £10

Constant: Les Facteurs d'instruments de musique,
1976 Minkoff  £30

De Pontecoulant: Organographie. Essai sur la Facture
Instrumentale, Amsterdam, 2 Vol. 1972 reprint  £50

Dolmetsch: Interpretation of the Music of the
17th. & 18th. Centuries £10

Kenneson: A Cellist's Guide 1974  £20

Malusi: Il Violoncello  £25

Stainer: Dictionary of Violin Makers £5

Tumminello: Il Liutaio  £20

Wasielewski: The Violoncello 1884 £50 


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.

Book Glossary:                 enquiries:                                          
Book sizes:                                                     
4to - up to 12" tall                                            
8vo - up to 9 3/4"                                            
12mo - up to 7 3/4 
                  Books A-G           Books H-M              Books N-Z
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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