70 full page plates, leather back and cloth. (minor wear and rubbing to covers, contents near-fine) A copy brought £275, or about $500.00 at the Christie's auction of March, 1989. Scarce. $450.00
(Salabue) Dipper, Andrew and Woodrow, David. COUNT IGNAZIO ALESSANDRO COZIO DI SALABUE. Technical Studies in the Arts of Musical Instrument Making. Observations on the Construction of Stringed Instruments and their Adustment. 1804, 1805, 1809, 1810, 1816. Oxfordshire, 1987.
85 pp., frontispiece of Salabue, 6 full-page reproductions of the original manuscript. Edition limited to 995 copies. Now out of print and quite scarce. (d.j. a bit /torn, with plastic cover) $150.00
Sandys, W. and Forster, S. THE HISTORY OF THE VIOLIN and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present. Also, an Account of the Principal Makers, English and Foreign with Numerous Illustrations. London: John Russell Smith, 1864.
xii, 390 pp., frontispiece, numerous illustrations and musical examples. (5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, minor wear) Heron-Allen called this book the leading English work on the history of the violin. $75.00 Sold!
Schlesinger, Kathleen. THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE MODERN ORCHESTRA and Early Records of the Precursors of the Violin Family. London: William Reeves, 1910.
Two volumes: Volume I: Modern Orchestral Instruments. History, Structure, Capabilities. A Practical Illustrated Handbook. xxxviii, 212 pp., frontispiece, numerous illustrations and musical examples.
Volume II: The Precursors of the Violin Family. Records, Researches and Studies. 658 pp., 12 plates, 2 fold-outs, 207 illustrations. (5 3/4 x9 inches, some foxing, spines a bit cocked) $150.00 Sold!
(6) 227 pp., frontispiece. (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches, cloth and marbled boards) Very scarce. $200.00 Sold!
Simoutre, N. E. UN PROGRÈS EN LUTHERIE. Support Harmonique. Paris, 1886.
71 pp., 4 fold-outs, 2 additional pages of illustrations. (6 x 9 inches, paper covers, the fold-outs are labeled II-V, so it's possible one is missing, but it's also possible that number I is the first 2 pages of illustrations, and not a fold-out) Inscribed by the author. Very scarce. $125.00 Sold!
Sowinski, Albert. LES MUSICIENS POLONAIS ET SLAVES. Anciens et Modernes. Paris, 1857.
xi, 599 pp. (6 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, bound in new cloth, original covers bound in, original covers worn and restored, several pages repaired) Very scarce. $350.00 Sold!
Steinert, Morris. THE M. STEINERT COLLECTION OF KEYED AND STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. With Various Treatises on the History of these Instruments, the Method of Playing them, and their Influence on Musical Art. New York: Charles F. Tretbar, 1893.
170 pp., 62 illustrations of instruments. (7 x 10 1/4 inches, cloth) Scarce. $100.00 Sold!
Storck, Karl. MUSIK UND MUSIKER IN KARITKATUR UND SATIRE. Oldenburg, 1910.
448 pp., 48 pp. of musical excerpts, 500 illustrations, numerous plates. (8 x 11 inches, some wear to covers, back covers sprung, some creasing at the tops of pages, in German scrpt) Scarce. $125.00
(Stradivari) Beare, Charles. ANTONIO STRADIVARI. The Cremona Exhibition of 1987. London, 1993 The Deluxe Edition.
328 pp., more than 225 pages of color illustrations of instruments, illustrating 44 instruments and 2 bows, including the Tullaye, Mahler, Hellier, Tuscan, Medici, Baron Knoop, Soil, Batta, Lady Blunt, Sarasate, Habeneck and Muntz. An unbelievable collection of Stradivari’s instruments in probably the finest color photos of instruments ever printed. A sensational book, in a slipcase! No. 262 of the edition limited to only 300 copies. The deluxe edition was sold out by subscription, about 2 years before the book was actually published, and is extremely scarce. $2800.00
-------- Herrmann, Emil. STRADIVARIUS MEMORIAL CONCERT. In Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Death of Antonius Stradivarius. 1644-1737. Carnegie Hall, Monday Evening, December 20, 1937, at 8:30 p.m. Under the Auspices of the Stradivarius Memorial Association. New York, 1937.
40 pp., stiff illustrated wrappers, 21 plates, 20 Stradivari instruments are illustrated. A copy brought £121, about $225 at the Christie's auction of November, 1988. $85.00
71 pp., 47 instruments illustrated on full-page plates. In Italian and English. (8 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches, minor wear to covers, corners bumped and sl. rubbed) A copy brought £552, about $850 at the Sotheby’s auction of June, 1996. No. 96 of the edition limited to 1000 copies. $450.00
-------- Yokoyama, Shinichi. ANTONIO STRADIVARI IN JAPAN. Tokyo: Gakken Co., 1984.
180 pp., fabulous illustrations of 14 of the greatest instruments ever made. Limited to 1000 copies. In a slipcase. (in near-mint condition, in the original box) Very scarce. $1750.00
-------- THE STRAD CALENDAR 1997. The Amati Family. $20.00
-------- THE STRAD CALENDAR 2002. The Golden Age of Brescia. $20.00
Szulc, Zdzislaw. SLOWNIK LUTNIKOW POLSKICH. Poznan, 1953. In Polish.
264 pp., 195 illustrations of instruments and facsimiles of labels. (7 x 10 inches, paper covers a bit worn and chipped) A very interesting and scarce book on Polish makers. $150.00 Sold!
Thöne, Jost. ITALIAN AND FRENCH VIOLINMAKERS. Volume I. 2004.
132 pp., numerous illustrations. (18 x 12 inches) A new photo documentary book highlighting the great masters of Italian and French violin making. Makers included are Riccardo Antoniazzi, Paul Bailly, Gustave Bernardel, Mateo Gofriller, Antonio Gragnani, Nicolas Lupot, Francesco Rugieri, and J. B. Vuillaume. $475.00
Tolbecque, Auguste. L'ART DU LUTHIER. Nirot: Chez L'auteur, 1903. In French.
x, 314 pp., 99 illustrations, portraits of several French luthiers. (bound in leather and marbled boards, with original covers bound in, covers a bit worn and frayed, spine a bit frayed and broken at bottom) A fascinating book that includes sections on all facets of instrument making, including clamps, planes, many varnish recipes, from Piemontais’s recipe of 1550 to Maugin’s of 1834, tuning pegs, fingerboards, etc., etc. Extremely scarce! $1000.00
van der Straeten, Edmund. THE HISTORY OF THE VIOLONCELLO, the Viol da Gamba, their Precursors and Collateral Instruments, with Biographies of all the Most Eminent Players of Every Country. London: William Reeves, 1971.
xvii, 700 pp., portrait, 59 plates, 63 illustrations in the text. (5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, very good condition, no dust jacket) Now quite scarce. $175.00
van der Straeten, Edmund. THE HISTORY OF THE VIOLONCELLO, the Viol da Gamba, their Precursors and Collateral Instruments, with Biographies of all the Most Eminent Players of Every Country. London: William Reeves, 1915. Special Two-Volume Edition.
xvii, 700 pp., frontispiece, portrait, 44 plates, 63 illustrations in the text, 10 additional plates of illustrations appearing in the special edition only. (5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, bound in vellum and cloth, some minor wear to covers and spine, corners of volume I dnged, the insert telling which number this is of the special edition is missing) Only 100 copies of this special edition were printed. While the insert with the number is the only way the numbered copies were identified, because this copy includes the 10 additional illustrations that were in the special edition only, I am absolutely convinced that this is the special edition. Extremely scarce! $1500.00
van der Straeten, Edmund, and Snoeck, Cesar. ETUDE BIOGRAPHIQUE ET ORGANOGRAPHIQUE sur les Willems, Luthiers Gantois du XVIIe Siecle. Gand, 1896.
32 pp., 6 illustrations. (7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, bound in new 1/2 leather and marbled boards with original paper covers bound in, original covers worn and restored) Edition limited to 200 copies. Very scarce. $300.00 Sold!
Vannes, René. ESSAI D'UN DICTIONNAIRE UNIVERSEL DES LUTHIERS. Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1932.
xiii, 430 pp., lxxxvii pp. of label facsimiles, other illustrations. (6 ½ x 10 inches, paper covers, front cover partially detached, pages separating) This edition scarce. $300.00 Sold!
87 plates with 1252 facsimiles of labels. (6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, bound in newer cloth with original covers bound in, small tear in original front cover) Very scarce! $300.00 Sold!
(Venetian Instruments) LES VIOLONS. Exhibition Catalogue. Paris, 1995.
295 pp., numerous illustrations of instruments. (stiff paper covers) Beautiful color illustrations. $100.00 Sold!
Vettori, Carlo. ANALYSIS OF ANTIQUE INSTRUMENTS AND RESTORATION TECHNIQUES. Florence, 1996.
168 pp., numerous illustrations. Edition limited to 1000 copies. An interesting book that includes a CD. $225.00 Sold!
Vidal, Antoine. LA LUTHERIE ET LES LUTHIERS. Paris, 1889.
(11), 347 pp., frontispiece, 29 plates illustrating instruments and labels. (6 1/2 x 10 inches, 1/4 leather and marbled boards, sl. wear to covers and spine, a few pages a bit worn) Very scarce. $550.00 Sold!
The Violin Makers Journal. The Official Monthly Publication of the Violin Makers Association of British Columbia.1957-64. Complete in seven volumes. Bound in newer green cloth.
It is extraordinarly rare to find a journal like this and of this vintage complete and in this condition. Very scarce. $650.00 Sold!
Violin Society of America. Journals. Volumes I-XXI.
A wonderful lot of 69 Journals from the Violin Society of America. 1974-2007, inlcuding the 1974 journals when the organization was known as The American Society for the Advancement of Violin Making. $275.00. Sold!
(Viotti) van der Straeten, E. VIOTTIANA. 1902.
A manuscript article of 27 pages including biographical sketch, letters to his friends and his will. Also, Die Musik Hefts 18 and 19, 1902 containing a German translation of this article as well as a phootograph of Chinnery's portrait of Viotti. Extremely scarce, probably unique. $300.00 Sold!
(Vuillaume, J. B.) Millant, R. J. B. VUILLAUME. His Life and Work. London: Hill and Sons, 1972. In English, French and German.
207 pp., frontis., 80 pages of illustrations. (edges of covers sl. rubbed and frayed) A beautiful book about this great French maker. $150.00