Hamma & Co. VIOLINE ANTONIUS STRADIVARIUS CREMONA 1709 Genant GREFFUHLE-STRADIVARIUS. Stuttgart, n.d.
unpaged (16 pp.), 3 color illustrations. (7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, stiff paper covers, 3-punch holes with tie, lettering on cover faded, the illustrations have a stamp from the Erich Heberlein company) The first copy I have seen in 10 years. Extremely scarce. $275.00 Sold!
Hamma, Fridolin. MEISTERWERKE ITALIENISCHER GEIGENBAUKUNST. Ihre Beschreibung und Bisher Erzielte Preise. Stuttgart, n.d. (c. 1932) In German.
xiii, 347 pp., 212 plates of instruments, each with two views, 9 full-scale outlines. (general condition very good to near-fine, some minor wear, one of the perforated outlines is loose, in the original dust jacket, which is nearly unheard of, d.j. torn at spine, small pieces of tape on inside of covers had been used to hold the dust jacket in place) A beautiful and very rare book, with wonderful plates, the edition limited to 1200 copies, this one unnumbered. Never reprinted because the plates were destroyed during World War II. Instruments illustrated include violins of Amati, Balestrieri, Bergonzi, da Salo, Carcassi, Gagliano, Grancino, Gobetti, Goffriller, Guadagnini, all the Guarneris, Landolfi, Maggini, Stradivari (35 examples!), etc., etc. Very scarce. $2400.00
Hamma, Fridolin. GERMAN VIOLIN MAKERS. A Critical Dictionary of German Violin Makers, with a Series of Plates Illustrating Characteristic and Fine Examples of their Work. London: William Reeves, 1961.
xi, 49 pp. of text, 80 plates of instruments, each with 2 views of the instrument, plus the scroll and label. (no d.j., sl. wear, top of spine sl. buckled) Scarce! $350.00 Sold!
Hamma, Fridolin. GERMAN VIOLIN MAKERS. A Critical Dictionary of German Violin Makers, with a Series of Plates Illustrating Characteristic and Fine Examples of their Work. London: William Reeves, 1961. The Deluxe Edition.
xi, 49 pp. of text, 80 plates of instruments, each with 2 views of the instrument, plus the scroll and label. (top edge gilt, bound in 3/4 leather and blue cloth, very sl. wear to covers, in general, contents fine to very fine) No. 8 of the edition limited to 100 copies. Very scarce. $2000.00 Sold!
Hamma, Fridolin. DIE D’EGVILLE–DEL GESŰ. Stuttgart, 1961.
55 pp., 8 illustrations (one in color). (5 7/8 x 10 inches, covers a bit dirty) A beautiful monograph about this great violin. No. 351 of the edition limited to only 500 copies. A copy sold for £385, about $675 at the Christie’s auction of June, 1990. Very scarce. $450.00
Hamma, Walter. MEISTER ITALIENISCHER GEIGENBAUKUNST. Stuttgart, 1964.
728 pp., frontispiece, 100's of photographs of different views of instruments of Italian makers, in German, English and French. (a very nice copy) The limited edition of one of the most important reference books on string instruments. Limited to 2400 copies. The illustrations in this edition are by far the best of all the editions $475.00 Sold!
Hamma, Walter. VIOLIN-MAKERS OF THE GERMAN SCHOOL FROM THE 17TH TO THE 19TH CENTURY. Tutzing: Schneider, 1992. Two Volumes. In English, German and French. THE DELUXE EDITION.
Volume I: xvi, 519 pp., Volume II: viii, 591 pp., 390 instruments illustrated with different views on full-page plates. A great addition to the family of Hamma books, and a valuable reference about German makers. Beautifully bound in leather. Edition limited to 100 copies. Very scarce. $1500.00 Sold!
Hart, George. THE VIOLIN: Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators. London: Dulau and Co., 1885. Enlarged and Revised Edition.
xl, 499 pp., frontispiece, 21 plates, 2 illustrations. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, covers a bit sprung, several pages a bit chipped) $125.00 Sold!
xxi, 212 pp. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches) An updated look at this frightening subject. $110.00 Sold!
Hayes, Gerald. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR MUSIC. 1500-1750. London, 1928-30. In two volumes.
Volume I: The Treatment of Instrumental Music: vii, 63 pp. Volume II: The Viols and Other Bowed Instruments: xxii, 265 pp, 11 plates, 8 diagrams. (5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, very good condition, matching binding) $125.00 Sold!
(Heifetz, Jascha) Axelrod, Dr. Herbert. HEIFETZ. New Jersey: Paganiniana, 1990.
744 pp., numerous illustrations. The unauthorized pictorial biography of the great violinist. Third edition, revised and enlarged. The most sought-after edition. Out of print and quite scarce. (a bit of wear to covers) $175.00
(Heifetz, Jascha) Wisdom Magazine. HEIFETZ ARTICLE. June, 1956.
The front and back covers of this interesting magazine have wonderful photos of the great violinist, and the nine pages of articles is full of pictures of him at work and at play. (10 x 13 inches) $55.00
97 pp., 95 plates of instruments. (covers badly mildewed, d.j. chipped and worn) Lists all known Strads and various owners, giving details of varnish, tone, model, measurements and in many cases, prices paid in the past and present. $20.00 Sold!
Heron-Allen, Edward. DE FIDICULIS BIBLIOGRAPHIA. Being the Basis of a Bibliography of the Violin and all Other Instruments Played with a Bow in Ancient & Modern Times. London: The Holland Press, 1961. Reprint of the 1890-1894 edition.
xlv, 416 pp., lxxvii. (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, no d.j., near-fine condition) A fascinating list of all published books on the violin published until 1894. Scarce in this edition as well. Limited to 500 copies. $350.00 Sold!
Herrmann, Emil. MEISTERGEIGEN. Berlin and New York, 1926-27.
48 pp. (one side only) of illustrations of instruments and the Herrmann offices and workshops. (10 x 7 inches, original stiff wrappers a bit worn, pages attached with a tie, several of the pages at the end are a bit worn and frayed, several of the pages are starting to tear at the binding) Among the scarcest of catalogs, a copy of the English edition brought £462, about $750 at the Christie’s auction of March, 1990! Instruments illustrated include the Ferdinand David Guarnerius del Gesu in the possession of Jascha Heifetz, the Sanctus Seraphin in the possession of Efrem Zimbalist, the Wiener Stradivari in the possession of Adolf Busch, and the Da Vinci Stradivari in the possession of Toscha Seidel, as well as the Ames, the da Vinci, the Joest, the Hammerle, the Baron Oppenheim, the Benno Walter, the Spanish, and the Ries violins of Stradivari. An amazing collection! $200.00 Sold!
58 pp. (one side only) of illustrations of instruments and the Herrmann offices and workshops. (10 x 7 inches, original stiff wrappers a bit worn, pages attached with original tie, pages a bit worn and dirty, one page creased and partially torn, several pages a bit torn, one page cut at the bottom) Among the scarcest of catalogs, a copy brought £462, about $750 at the Christieís auction of March, 1990! Instruments illustrated include the "Spanish", ex-"Baron Oppenhiem", ex-"Hammerle", ex-"Haussmann" cello of Stradivari, the ex-"Soil", and ex-"Walton", of Joseph Guarneri, as well as violins by Peter Guarneri of Venice, J. B. Guadagnini, Sanctus Seraphima, Matteo Gofriller and Nicholaus Amati, and cellos of Goffriller and Guadagnini. An amazing collection! $200.00 Sold!
Herrmann, Emil. HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF TWO MASTERPIECES BY ANTONIUS STRADIVARIUS Known as the "King Maximilian" from the Year 1709 and the "Prinz Khevenhüller" from the Year 1733. In the Possession of Emil Herrmann. Privately printed in Berlin and New York, n.d. (1929?)
33 pp, 6 color plates of views of the two instruments, plus 4 other illustrations, including one label. (the leather edges and spine a bit rubbed, top edge of pages have sl. crease, o/w contents near fine to fine) A very rare monograph of these two spectacular violins, no. 107 of the English edition limited to 200 copies. Sold in London in 1991 for $1000. $250.00
xxxvii, 181 pp., 17 color plates, 45 photographic plates, 51 illustrations, large 4to, vellum back and green cloth with the Guarneri crest, top edges gilt. (sl. wear, generally in fine condition) First Edition. A beautiful copy of this important book. $1100.00
Hill and Sons. VIOLIN MAKERS OF THE GUARNERI FAMILY. (1626-1762). Their Life and Work. London: Hill and Sons, 1980.
xxxvii, 181 pp., 17 color plates, 45 photographic plates, 51 illustrations. (large 4to, bound in cloth) The beautiful modern reprint of this great book on the Guarneri Family. $200.00 Sold!
Hill and Sons. ANTONIO STRADIVARI. His Life and Work. (1644-1737). London, 1902. THE DELUXE EDITION.
xvi, 303 pp., 31 plates of instruments and labels, 21 of which are in color, 68 illustrations. Bound in full green morocco, covers decorated in gilt. (covers and spine quite worn, several pages partially detached and sl. torn, in general contents and plates very good to near-fine) No. 2 of the edition limited to 100 copies. 1250.00 Sold!
Hill and Sons. THE SALABUE STRADIVARI. A History and Critical Description of the Famous Violin Commonly Called "Le Messie". Containing Many Particulars Obtained from Authentic Sources and Now Published for the First Time. London: W. E. Hill & Sons, 1891.
31 pp., 3 color plates. (covers and spine sl. worn and marked, original tie worn but attached) $200.00 Sold!
Hill and Sons. THE TUSCAN STRAD. A Short Account of a Stradivari Violin, Dated 1690. London: W. E. Hill & Sons, 1889.
14 pp., 3 color plates, fold-out. (7 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches, covers and spine a bit worn) $185.00 Sold!
Hill and Sons. THE TUSCAN AND LE MESSIE. London, 1976.
Contains: THE TUSCAN STRAD. A Short Account of a Stradivari Violin, Dated 1690. And: THE SALABUE STRADIVARI. A History and Critical Description of the Famous Violin Commonly Called "Le Messie". Containing Many Particulars Obtained from Authentic Sources and now Published for the First Time.
About 60 pp., 6 color plates and 4 black and white plates of instruments. (7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, fine condition) The beautiful reprint of the two original monographs by Hill and Sons from 1891. Edition limited to 2000 copies. $75.00
8 pp. of text, 40 plates of instruments and labels. Bound in full leather. (some wear to covers and edges) Edition limited to 500 copies. A wonderful monograph on past and contemporary Danish violin makers. Scarce! $600.00 Sold!
Huber, John. THE VIOLIN MARKET. The Violinists Guide to Instrument Purchase. Frankfurt, 1995. In English and German.
151 pp., 32 pp. of illustrations. (9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches) An interesting book that examines violin history in economic restrospect, the structure of the violin, identifying, buying and selling violins, the bow market, and selecting a violin. Instruments illustrated included violins of Rugeri, Stradivari, Rogeri, Guarneri del Gesu, Guadagnini and Lupot. $225.00 Sold!
xxxix, 357 pp., 24 portraits, 521 facsimeles of labels, 64 illustrations in text, 40 illustrations. (3/4 leather and marbled boards, rebacked, original marbled endpapers) Edition limited to 500 copies. Regazzi says, “A very important text written by a violin maker who spent much of his time researching the history of the French luthiers. This book contains 521 label-facsimiles unpublished before.” A spectacular and very scarce book. $2500.00
Jacquot, Albert. LA MUSIQUE EN LORRAINE. Etude Retrospective d’Apres les Archives Locales. Paris, 1882. In French.
xv, 197 pp., 32 illustrations. (7 1/2 x 10 inches, covers sl. sprung, 1/4 leather and marbled boards, boards a bit frayed, some writing) Very scarce. $225.00
Two Volumes. Volume I: A-K, 482 pp., 110 plates, 16 color plates. Volume II: L-Z, 399 pp., 86 plates, 8 color plates. (dust jackets worn and torn, contents near-fine, in a slipcase) $850.00
Johnson, Chris and Courtnall, Roy. THE ART OF VIOLIN MAKING. London, 1999.
253 pp., 100's of illustrations. (8 5/8 x 12 inches, cloth) A very n ice book, with chapters on the great violin makers, tools and materials needed for violin making, and a step-by-step guide to violin making. $100.00 Sold!
Jousse, J. THE MODERN VIOLIN PRECEPTOR, Wherin Every Instruction Relative to That Instrument is Clearly Explained, and the Art of Bowing with Propriety Elucidated by Examples and Exercises; to Which is Added a Selection of Favourite Songs, Marches, Rondos, and Duets. London, c. 1811.
30 pp., musical examples. (10 x 7 1/2 inches, bound in new cloth and marbled boards, some wear, one page restored) Very scarce. $300.00 Sold!
Kaul, Paul. LA QUERELLE DES ANCIENS ET DES MODERNES. Lutherie Italienne ou Lutherie Franćaise? Nantes, 1927.
221 pp. (7 1/8x 10 3/8 inches, paper covers, covers a bit worn and stained, spine a bit frayed) Very scarce. $400.00 Sold!
Kelischek, George. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. Kelischek Workshop for Historical Instruments.
16 pp., numerous illustrations. (8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches, stiff covers) $25.00 Sold!
xii, 364 pp., 1560 illustrations. (9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches, bound in 1/4 leather and marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, leather a bit worn and rubbed, coming off on things it touches [like clothing], some foxing to free endpapers, frontispiece and last index page, gutter showing in a three or four pages) An extremely interesting collection of illustrations of anything and everything relating to music, encompassing 5000 years of musical history. Scarce French edition. $100.00 Sold!
Kresak, Mikulás. HUSLIAR OSVALD J. WILLMANN. Opus Bratislava, 1983.
216 pp., numerous diagrams and illustrations. (8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches) $100.00 Sold!
Kresnik, Franjo Dr. STUDIO SULL'ANTICA LIUTERIA CLASSICA ITALIANA. (Starotalijansko Umijece Gradenja Gudackih Instrumenata) Yugoslavia, 1951.
199 pp., frontispiece, 16 plates with 28 illustrations of instruments, 18 diagrams. In Slavic and Italian. (stiff paper covers, outer paper or parchment cover a bit chipped) $185.00 Sold!