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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

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, dust jacket with clear film. 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. £180

Dennis Plowright (British violin maker):  Dictionary of British Violin and Bow Makers, 1994, 1st. edition, 128 pp.  vg excellent condition, softback   £20

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, sold

Racster, Olga. Chats on Big and Little Fiddles. London: Laurie, sold

Retford, William C.:  Bows and Bow Makers. Novello, Sevenoks 1977. 2cd edition.
Hard Cover with dj. Small 4to, 250x190mm, 86pp., 24 b/w plates, 6 ill. The dustjacket with small tears and some loss, A tight, firm and clean book, VG
The author worked for the legendary firm of W.E.Hill & Sons for 64 years!
An invaluable book on bows for the violin family. Now quite scarce.
Content: Introduction; Acknowledgements; Authors Foreword; List of Plates; Historic; Materials (Brazil Wood, Ebony, Snakewood, Lapping, Pearl, Nut); Miscellanea (choosing a bow, names..., chamfer, spring, curve, weight, strength, balance, elasticity, movement, worn stick); Craftsmanship and Notes on Repairing (Re-Hairing, Re-Facing, Broken Head, Splicing, Bushing, Re-Springing, Nuts); The French Bow (Old Tourte, L'Aine, F.Tourte, Adam, Bazin, Bernadel, Eury, Victor Fetique, Henry, Pecatte, Simon, Lupot,Pajeot, Persoit, Sartory, L.Thomassin, A.Vigneron, F.N.Voirin, A.Lamy, Voirin and after, J.B.Vuillaume) The English Bow (some English Makers, Samuel Allen, Edward Dodd, John Dodd, James Dodd, The Dodd Stamp, The Tubbs Family, James Tubbs, Hairing a Tubbs, Dodd Copies, Tubbs Stamps, Other English Makers) The German Bow (Weichold) Finale  

Retford, William C. (Malcolm Sadler, Ealing Strings) The Retford Centenary Exhibition
Ealing Strings, London 1975. 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.  New £70

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

Roda, Joseph: Bows for Musical Instruments of the Violin Family, deluxe fully leather bound, slipcase 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, full lether bound with original slipcase.
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 New £600

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. Sold

Sacconi, Simone F., Franco Feroldi, Maya Randolph: From Violinmaking to Music the Life and Works of Simone Fernando Sacconi   A.C.L.A.P. 1985, Hardback, Sold

Sadler (Malcolm), Ealing Strings, Retford, William C. :The Retford Centenary Exhibition
Ealing Strings, London 1975. 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.  New £70

Senn, Walter & Roy, Karl:  Jakob Stainer, Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, 1617-1683.
Franfurt Main: Bochinsky, 1986. First Edition.
Landscape Folio, 245 x 305mm; 484 pp., b/w ill
An important monograph on the celebrated German maker with 107 original instruments illustrated. Including all the documents and reference material related to Stainer and his works. Text in German, with a summary in English.
VG condition, lightly shaken in binding due to heavy size of book. Out of print and scarce.  NEW  £250

Shosoin Office (Ed.). Musical Instruments in the Shosoin. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun Sha , 1967.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 

Stainer, Jacob - see:Senn, Walter & Roy, Karl

Stradivari: see Beare

Stradivari: see Dilworth

(Stradivari)  Dilworth, John: 3 Monographs on Antonio Stradivari:
The ''Archinto'' Cello 1689 ,  ''La Pucelle'' Violin 1709, ''Tyrrell '' Violin 1717 

Archinto Cello 1689: Hardback, many colour photos showing full view, scroll and details of this unique early cello by the foremost Cremonese violin maker.
La Pucelle Violin 1709: Hardback, many colour photos showing full view, scroll and details of this unique golden period violin by the foremost Cremonese violin maker.
Tyrell Violin 1717: Hardback, many colour photos showing full view, scroll and details of this unique golden period violin by the foremost Cremonese violin maker. With excellent descriptive text by John Dilworth, known to many as a regular contributor to the Strad magazine and well respected authority.
(Varnish) Gheroldi , Vincenzo (editor),  Colombo, Lusiano : Varnishes and very curious secrets: Cremona, 1747.
the manuscript 4 (H 113) of the Biblioteca Trivulziana in Milan (Artemanuale).
2021, 251pp., softcover, 8vo. English text: Highly interesting book on early varnishes, varnish making etc. £30

Vatelot, Etienne: Les Archets Francais 2 Vol. 1976 1.Ed.
Publisher: Sernor - M.Dufour, 1. edition 1976, sold

Vettori, Carlo:The Classic Lines Of Italian Violin Making
1979,Giardini Editori E Stampatori. HB sold
Vuillaume: see Roger Millant: Sa vie et son oeuvre/  His Life and Work/ Der Kunstler und seine Werke.

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

Zanrè,  Andrea (Ed.) The Girolamo Amati Viola - Galleria Estense 
Large format  colour ill. with DVD  Edizioni Scrollavezza & Zanrè (2015), edited by Andrea Zanrè  Photos by Jan Röhrmann  sold



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