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Navne, Esben: The Violin Maker and his Craft, 1979
82pp.;A very rare publication on geometric violin design 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

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

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, 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. sold

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.sold

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. 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 

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

Vatelot, Etienne: Les Archets Francais 2 Vol. 1976 1.Ed.
Publisher: Sernor - M.Dufour, 1. edition 1976, 1-522 & 523-1025 pages.
SBN 2-85955-002-X
Very  rare and collectible for makers, dealers, collectors and connoisseurs by a former French authority on the Violin families instruments and bows.
2 volume set with Maroon hard covers and gold lettering.
 In 3 languages: French, German and English.
With detailed colour photographs and brief descriptive text, showing the work of the major (and lesser) French bow makers.
Condition: Used - Very Good, slight tanning to top edge of pages w. v. light foxing (common to this publication), pages clean, bindings tight, very  light shelf wear to cover New £950

Vettori, Carlo:The Classic Lines Of Italian Violin Making
1979,Giardini Editori E Stampatori. HB 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

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  Essays: Brigitte Brandmair, Carlo Chiesa, Davide Gasparotto, Alberto Giordano, Rudolf Hopfner, Peter Ratcliff, Andrea Zanrè  56 pages in 45,7 by 28,5 cm format  limited copies, texts in English 
DVD with multimedia contents and sound recording
''In 2001, violin experts Carlo Chiesa and John Dilworth travelled to Modena, Italy, to visit the Galleria Estense where a four-centuries-old contralto viola made by Girolamo Amati was on display. Although the instrument had been correctly identified, nobody had yet considered its extraordinary, almost untouched state.'' (Chloe Cutts – The Strad)  Condition: As New.   £100



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