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Wilder, Tom, ed. THE CONSERVATION, RESTORATION, AND REPAIR OF STRINGED INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR BOWS. Three volume collection of 150 articles. Includes a CD-ROM providing editable forms and measurement diagrams for documentation.
1600 pages. 1300 illustrations. (8 1/2 x 11 inches, cloth bound with dust jackets).
$1,477.00 (including shipping to North America and European Union)
$1,495.00 (including shipping to all other parts of the world)
New Items Now Available in Catalog 53:
CASALS, Pablo. Portrait Signed. 1960. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Casalsportrait1960.jpg
The cellist has signed “Pablo Casals 1960”, underneath a cutout of a portrait that has been mounted to a card. Very attractive. (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches, mounting traces on verso). $275.00
A copy of Kreisler’s own Caprice Viennois, arranged for piano solo, has been boldly signed “Fritz Kreisler” across the front cover of the music, followed by the year. With a large inscription. (9 1/8 x 12 inches) $175.00
MANÉN, Juan. Signed Postcard Photo. 1928. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Manen1928SPc.jpg
The Catalan violinist and composer (1883-1971) is shown in a head and shoulders portrait. Boldly signed “Joan Manén” followed by the date. $175.00
OISTRAKH, David. Autograph Letter Signed. 1972. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Oistrakhsp1972.jpg
The great Russian violinist (1908-1974) writes in Russian to a friend, “we are almost one month in this trip, but soon it’s time to return home... I work a lot, as you work at the hospital. Did you have a vacation?”. Signed “Oistrakh”. With translation. (on a postcard, creased) $200.00
PAGANINI, Nicolo. Lithograph. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Paganinilito.jpg
A head and shoulders, hand-colored lithograph of Paganini, with a facsimile signature at the bottom. In a gold-trimed frame. The lithograph has been cut out around the image and mounted on a board. (image is 9 x 10 3/4 inches, frame is 15 x 17 1/4 inches) $250.00
PAGANINI, Nicolo. THE MODERN ORPHEUS. London, June 3, 1831. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/ModernOrpheus.jpg
The wonderful and famous lithograph, showing Paganini playing with a group of musicians who have stopped playing and are watching him in amazement. (7 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches, matted and framed to 11 x 13 1/2 inches) $250.00
The great American violinist (1888-1953) was a student of Chiti and Buitrago before entering the Bologna Conservatory at the age of 14. He later studied with Lefort. He made his American debut in 1908, and gave the US premiers of the violin concertos of Dohnany, Elgar and Barber. His own works include an orchestra suite, 2 violin concertos, a string quartet, a violin sonata, etc. He has drawn a staff on a card and written two bars of music, and has signed “Albert Spalding” followed by the date.(the card is 5 x 3 inches, matted and framed with a portrait to 15 x 19 inches) $125.00
Alte Meistergeigen. Frankfurt: DAS MUSIKINSTRUMENT. Introductions in German, French and English, illustrations and opinions are generally in German. Sold!
Volume I: The Venetian School. 1978.
212 pp., 184 illustrations of instruments of Seraphin, Goffriller, Montagnana, Peter Guarnerius, Gobetti, Deconet, Tononi, etc.
Volume II: Die Schulen von Mailand, Florenz, Genua. 1978.
226 pp., 100 plus illustrations of instruments of Testore, Grancino, Landolfi, Mantegazza, Carcassi, etc.
Volume III/IV: Antonius Stradivarius and the School of Cremona. 1979.
412 pp., 414 illustrations of instruments of Amati, Bergonzi, Ceruti, Andreas Guarnerius, Guarnerius del Gesu, Ruggieri, Storioni, etc.
Volume V/VI: The School of Naples, Rome, Leghorn, Verona, Ferrara, Brescia and Mantua. 1980.
404 pp., 396 illustrations of instruments of Gagliano, Eberle, Postiglione, Ventapane, Tecchler, Gragnani, da Salo, Maggini, Rogeri, Camilli, etc.
Volume VII: The Violinmakers of the Guadagnini Family. The School of Turin. 1981.
260 pp., 240 illustrations of instruments of Guadagnini, Cappa, Pressenda, Rocca, etc.
Volume VIII: French and German Makers. 1982.
240 pp., 176 illustrations of instruments of Comble, Panormo, Lupot, Vuillaume, Silvestre, Stainer, etc.
The eight volumes in six books as a set. $1250.000
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 new addition to the family of Hamma books, and a valuable new reference about German makers. Beautifully bound in leather. Edition limited to 100 copies. Very scarce. $1500.00
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
Auction Catalogs. Bonham's, Brompton's, Tarisio, etc.
A collection of 48 auction catalogs from Bonhams, Brompton's, Bongartz, Butterfield & Butterfield, and Tarisio's. Mostly from the 2000s. $110.00
Lyon and Healy. A very fine collection of nineteen Violin Catalogs, fifteen of which are bound.
1890, 1892-93, 1896-97, 1900 (Historical Sketches), 1900, 1900-01, 1903, 1903-04, 1909 (not bound), 1911 (not bound), 1912 (not bound), 1913 (44 pages, 1913 (61 pages), April, 1915, November, 1915, 1916 (26th edition), 1919 (30t5 edition), 1922 (33rd edition), 1924 (34th edition) (not bound). $550.00
The Violin Maker's Journal. The Official Monthly Publicatioin of the Violin Makers Association of British Columbia. 1957-1964. Complete in Seven Volumes. Bound in newer green cloth.
It is extarordinarly rare to find a journal like this and of this vintage complete and in this condition. $650.00
(Gaspar da Salò) Mucchi, A. M. GASPARO DA SALÒ. LA VITA E L’OPERA. 1540-1609. Milano: Editore Ulrico Hoepli, 1940.
xvii, 227 pp., 52 plates. (8 3/4 x 12 inches, paper covers, covers and spine a bit worn, spine chipped away about an inch at top, some chipping to back cover, some minor staining, covers partially detached at top) A wonderful book about this great maker. Very scarce! Only the second copy I have had in about 20 years. $750.00
Alburger, Mary Anne. THE VIOLIN MAKERS. Portrait of a Living Craft. London, 1978. The Deluxe Edition.
240 pp., plus 31 plates illustrating the instruments of these makers. (leather covers a bit spotted and worn) An interesting book that interviews 28 modern British instrument makers. This is number 40 of the deluxe edition limited to only 40 copies. In a slipcase. Very scarce. $175.00
Bauer, Heinrich. PRACTICAL HISTORY OF THE VIOLIN. A Handbook Indispensable to Violin Players or Violin Owners. Containing 778 Genuine Violin Labels in True Photographical Reproduction. 1200 Violinmakers' Names and Biographies, etc., etc. New York, 1911.
36 pp., 39 pp. of plates. (8 1/4 x 11 inches, paper covers, covers and spine a bit chipped and worn) Scarce. $150.00
Bachmann, Alberto. LE VIOLON. (Lutherie – Oeuvres – Biographies). Guide a L’usage des Artistes & des Amateurs. Paris, 1906.
xi, 198 pp., numerous illustrations of instruments and labels. (6 1/2 x 10 inches, bound in leather spine and boards). Quite scarce. $125.00
De Wit, Paul. GEIGENZETTEL ALTER MEISTER vom 16. bis zur mitte des 19. Jahrhunders. I und II Teil. Leipzig, 1922.
I Teil: 16 pp. of text, 38 plates illustrating 424 labels. (8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches, limp boards, Guarneri crest on the front cover)
II Teil: 16 pp. of text, 40 plates illustrating 457 labels and a facsimile of a Stradivari letter. (8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches, limp boards, Stradivari crest on the front cover) (wear to covers, spines frayed, ex-library, reduced price because of condition) $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, 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
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Abele, Hyacinth. DIE VIOLINE, ihre Geschichte und ihr Bau. Nach Quellen dargestellt von Hyacinth Abele. Neuburg, 1864.
viii, 195 pp., 27 illustrations and folding plates at the end. German script. (4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, boards, a few pages a bit foxed) Very scarce first edition. $100.00 (reduced from $150.00)
Bacchetta, Renzo. STRADIVARI NON É NATO NEL 1644. Vita e Opere del Celebre Liutaro. La Sala Stradivariana. Del Museo Civico di Cremona. Cremona, 1937. In Italian.
175 pp., numerous illustrations. (6 x 8 3/4 inches, some wear to paper covers and spine) Signed by the author. $85.00 (reduced from $135.00)
Bachmann, Alberto. LE VIOLON. (Lutherie – Oeuvres – Biographies). Guide a L’usage des Artistes & des Amateurs. Paris, 1906.
xi, 198 pp., numerous illustrations of instruments and labels. (6 1/2 x 10 inches, bound in vellum). Quite scarce. $150.00 (reduced from $250.00)
Berenzi, D. Angelo. LA PATRIA DI GIOVANNI PAOLO MAGGINI. Cremona, 1891.
14 pp. (5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches, new cloth, newspaper article tipped in on title page) Very scarce. $85.00 (reduced from $125.00) Sold!
Berenzi, D. Angelo. GLI ARTEFICI LIUTAI BRESCIANI. Lettura. Brescia, 1890.
32 pp. (6 x 9 inches, paper covers, some wear and chipping) Heron Allen described this pamphlet as follows: “There is more to be found concerning the Brescian makers in this pamphlet than in the entire remaining mass of violin literature.” Very scarce. $100.00 (reduced from $175.00)
Bletschacher, Richard. DIE LAUTEN-UND GEIGENMACHER DES FÜSSENER LANDES. Hofheim am Taunus: Friedrich Hofmeister, 1978. First edition. In German.
239 pp., with 70 pp. of illustrations of instruments and labels. (9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches, d.j. a bit rubbed and chipped) Quite uncommon. $125.00 (reduced from $225.00)
Boltshauser, Hans. DIE GEIGENBAUER DER SCHWEIZ. Basel, 1969. In German.
142 pp., including 57 full page plates. (8 1/2 x 12 inches, minor wear to d.j. edge of pages sl. creased) $150.00 (reduced from $250.00)
Bonaventura, Arnaldo. STORIA DEL VIOLINO dei Violinisti E Della Musica per Violino. Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, 1925.
283 pp., 42 illustrations, fold-out. (4 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches, covers a bit worn and dirty, spine a bit worn and frayed) Scarce. $85.00 (reduced from $150.00) Sold!
Cabos, Francine. LE VIOLON ET LA LUTHERIE. Paris: Librairie Gründ, 1948. In French.
111 pp., frontispiece, 15 plates, several diagrams. (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, paper covers, spine chipped, covesr a bit worn and stained) Very scarce. $125.00 (reduced from $200.00)
Champfleury (Jules Fleury). LE VIOLON DE FAÏENCE. Nouvelle Limited Edition. Paris, 1877. In French.
viii, 173 pp., frontispiece, 33 illustrations. (3/4 leather spine and marbled boards, covers sprung) Scarce. $150.00 (reduced from $250.00)
Clark, R. Ingham. A FEW NOTES ON VARNISHES AND FOSSIL RESINS. London, n.d. (c.1891) Illustrated by James West.
iv, 69 pp., drawings. (9 x 11 1/4 inches, covers and spine a bit worn, inside covers taped) Includes a section on violin varnish. Scarce. $250.00 (reduced from $325.00)
(Cremona) CATALOGUE. ...And They Made Violins in Cremona. From Renaissance to Romantic Era. Four Centuries of Violin Making Art. Cremona, 2000.
220 pp., over 100 pp. of illustrations. (9 1/2 x 12 inches, stiff paper covers, minor shipping dings to spine, edges sl. worn) A fabulous catalog from the 2000 Exhibition in Cremona. $100.00 (reduced from $150.00)
(Cremona) Spotti, Giancarlo. CONTEMPORARY CREMONESE VIOLIN MAKING. Cremona: Turris, 1994.
232 pp., 161 illustrations. A beautiful book featuring 47 contemporary violin makers. $175.00 (reduced from $275.00)
Danks, Harry. THE VIOLA D’AMORE. West Midlands: Stephen Bonner, 1979. 2nd edition.
128 pp., frontispiece, 16 additional plates, musical examples. (edges sl. bumped, o/w in near-fine condition) No. 388 of the edition limited to 500 copies. Scarce. $65.00 (reduced from $100.00) Sold!
Dolejsi, Robert. MODERN VIOLA TECHNIQUE. Chicago, 1939.
133 pp., 28 illustrations, numerous musical examples. (9 x 12 1/8 inches, d.j. a bit worn and torn) Scarce. $65.00 (reduced from $100.00)
Engel, Carl. A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS in the South Kensington Museum. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1874. 2nd edition.
402 pp., frontispiece, 6 original photographs of ancient instruments, 143 illustrations, musical examples. (6 1/2 x 10 inches, covers and spine rubbed, foxing, free endpaper removed) Scarce. $110.00 (reduced from $175.00)
Gallay, J. UN INVENTAIRE SOUS LA TERREUR. Etat des Instruments de Musique Relevé Chez les Émigré et Condamnés par A. Bruni. L’un des Délégrués de la Convention. Paris, 1890.
xxxiv, 238 pp., frontispiece. (bound in 3/4 leather and marbled boards with original covers bound in, pages uncut) Limited to 300 copies, the first 100 in special Holland paper, this is copy no. 34. Extremely scarce. $700.00 (reduced from $1200.00)
Gand, Charles-Eugene. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTIF des Instruments de Stradivarius et Guarnerius del Gesù. Spa: Les Amis de la Musique, 1994 (1870) In French, with English summary.
xxii, 184 pp., 15 illustrations of Stradivaris and Guarneris. (4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches, cloth) $100.00 (reduced from $150.00)
(Gasparo da Salo) Livi, Giovanni. GASPARO DA SALO. E L’Invenzione del Violino. Roma, 1891. In Italian.
20 pp. (6 x 9 1/4 inches, some edige creasing, extrated from Nuova Antologia) Scarce.$125.00(reduced from $200.00)
(Gasparo da Salo) Rho-Guerriero, Vittorio Emanuele. GASPARO DA SALO. Roma, 1892.
75 pp. (5 3/4 x 9 inches, paper covers) Scarce. $125.00 (reduced from $175.00)
Giovannetti, Gustavo. RIVELATO IL PERCHÉ DELLA BELLEZZA DEL SUONO DEI VIOLINI Di Grande Prezzo Costruiti Dopo Il 1700 Da Antonio Stradivari e da Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri del Gesú. Lucca, 1963.
39 pp., (30 pp.), 1 illustration. (9 x 12 1/2 inches, stiff paper covers, some creasing) Scarce. $125.00 (reduced from $175.00) Sold!
(Guadagnini, Giovanni Battista) GIOVANNI BATTISTA GUADAGNINI LIUTAIO. Nato a Bilegno di Borgonovo V. T. 1711. Gruppo Intesa, 2000.
83 pp., numerous illustrations, plus color illustrations of violins of Piacenza, 1742 and 1747, Milano, 1751-52, and Torino, 1770. (9 x 12 3/4 inches, d.j. sl. worn) A very good and rare documentary book about Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and his family. Scarce. $175.00 (reduced from $275.00)
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. (d.j. a bit rubbed, o/w near-fine condition) Scarce! $300.00 (reduced from $500.00)
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. $160.00 (reduced from $225.00)
Jacquot, Albert. ESSAI DE REPERTOIRE DES ARTISTES LORRAINS. Les Luthiers Lorrains. Paris, 1903. In French.
89 pp., frontispiece of Lupot, 7 plates of labels and instruments, charts of the families of Lupot and Jacquot. (6 1/2 x 10 inches, paper covers, many pages unopened) Very scarce! $100.00 (reduced from $150.00)
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 11 inches, bound in cloth with original covers bound in, covers a bit worn and faded, covers sl. sprung) Very scarce. $175.00 (reduced from $275.00)
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 (reduced from $150.00)
Kaul, Paul. LA QUERELLE DES ANCIENS ET DES MODERNES. Lutherie Italienne ou Lutherie Française? Nantes, 1927.
221 pp. (6 3/4 x 10 inches, newer 3/4 cloth and marbled boards with original paper covers bound in, covers a bit rubbed) Very scarce. $350.00 (reduced from $550.00)
Meugy, A. QUELQUES OBSERVATIONS SUR L’ART DU VIOLON. Paris, 1888.
121 pp., 14 diagrams, numerous musical examples. (5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, bound in 3/4 leather and marbled boards) From the Hill collection. Very scarce. $100.00 (reduced from $150.00) Sold!
Möckel, Otto. DIE KUNST DES GEIGENBAUES. Berlin, 1930.
389 pp., 128 diagrams, 71 plates of illustrations. In German. (8 x 11 inches, bound in 3/4 leather and boards, leather a bit rubbed) Great illustrations that show many of the steps involved in violin-making. Very scarce edition, signed by the author. $300.00 (reduced from $450.00)
Mordret, Leon. LES VIOLONS DE CREMONE. Rouen, 1898.
34 pp., 1 musical example. (6 1/2 x 9 inches, paper covers, some wear, spine taped, some foxing) Very scarce. $175.00 (reduced from $275.00)
Moser, Andreas. GESCHICHTE DES VIOLINSPIELS. Tutzing, 1966-1967.
Volume I: 315 pp., frontispiece, 8 plates, numberous musical examples, charts. Volume II: 371 pp., frontispiece, 10 plates, numerous musical examples, charts, 4 fold-outs. (8vo, some writing, front covers of volume II sprung, in German) The 1923 edition by Moser was enlarged in this edition by Nosselt. The interesting charts show the descendents of various schools of violin playing. Rather scarce. Listed on the internet for upwards of $650. $175.00 (reduced from $300.00) Sold!
Otto, Jacob. TREATISE ON THE CONSTRUCTION, PRESERVATION, REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE VIOLIN AND ALL BOW INSTRUMENTS; Together with a Dissertation on the Most Eminent Makers, Pointing Out the Surest Marks by Which a Genuine Instrument May be Distinguished. London: Longman, Rees, etc.., 1833. Translated by Thomas Fardely.
x, 66 pp. (5 3/4 x 9 inches, boards, edges worn and chipped, minor foxing) This edition very scarce. $85.00 (reduced from $150.00)
Peterlongo, Paolo. IL VIOLINO DI VECSEY. Die Geige Vecseys. Milano, 1977.
377 pp., numerous illustrations. (8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in a paper slipcase) Scarce. $175.00 (reduced from $275.00)
Pierre, Constant. LE FACTEURS D’INSTRUMENTS DI MUSIQUE les Luthiers et la Facture Instrumentale. Precis Historique. Paris, 1893.
xiii, 440 pp. (4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, paper covers, some wear to covers and spine) An interesting book that includes historical documents (articles of associations, prices, etc.) related to the makers of musical instruments in France, dating back to ancient times. An entire chapter, plus additional material, is devoted to luthiers. Scarce. $125.00 (reduced from $225.00)
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) $100.00 (reduced from $150.00)
Sibire, L’Abbé. LA CHELONOMIE OU LE PARFAIT LUTHIER. Burxelles, 1885. In French.
(6) 227 pp., frontispiece. (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches, cloth and marbled boards) Very scarce. $125.00 (reduced from $200.00)
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. $225.00 (reduced from $350.00) Sold!
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. $200.00 (reduced from $300.00)
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.$200.00 (reduced from $300.00)
Vannes, René. 1252 ÉTIQUETTES DE LUTHIERS. Tirage a Part des 87 Planches D’Étiquettes du Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers. Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1935.
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!$200.00 (reduced from $300.00)
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. $125.00 (reduced from $225.00)
Wettengel, Gustav. LEHRBUCH DER GEIGEN UND BOGENMACHERKUNST. Edited by Heinrich Gretschel. Weimar, 1869. Second edition. In German script.
x, 312 pp. (5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, newer cloth binding, some staining, lacking the 10-plate atlas) Scarce. $150.00 (reduced from $250.00)
Wolffheim, Dr. Werner. VERSTEIGERUNG DER MUSIKBIBLIOTHEK. Martin Breslauer, 1928.
Volume I (Textband): 287 pp.; Volume I (Tafelband): 48 pp. of plates; Volume II (Textband): 576 pp.; Volume II (Tafelband): 41 pp. of plates. (6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, covers of textbands very worn and chipped, volume I textband pages loose and detached) This very rare catalogue is of the highly important collection of music books assembled by Dr. Werner Wolffheim, that was auctioned at the firm of Martin Breslauer & Leo Liepmannssohn Antiquariat in Berlin in 1928 & 1929. The two volumes include 4,000 entries of some of the rarest music titles ever printed. The collection embraced a superb range that included works from all over Europe. A very scarce and highly important reference work. Sells for as high as $550. Much lower price because of the condition (can be rebound) $150.00 (reduced from $250.00)
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MILSTEIN, Nathan. Signed Photo. 1937. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Milstein1937signedphoto.jpg
The great Russian-American violinist (1904-1992), was a student of Stoliarsky and Auer. He played with Horowitz and Piatigorsky in sonatas and trios. He had one of the longest, most distinguished careers of any violinist, and is considered by many to be in a class with Heifetz. He is shown in a head and shoulders portrati. Inscribed and signed “N. Milstein” followed by the date. (8 x 10 inches, some minor wear and creases) $400.00 (reduced from $650.00)
MILSTEIN, Nathan. Signed Photo. 1937. http://www.montagnanabooks.com/Milsteinsignedphoto1937.jpg
The great Russian-American violinist (1904-1992), was a student of Stoliarsky and Auer. He played with Horowitz and Piatigorsky in sonatas and trios. He had one of the longest, most distinguished careers of any violinist, and is considered by many to be in a class with Heifetz. An interesting head and shoulders portrait, he is shown looking down. Inscribed and signed "N. Milstein" with the place and date. (8 x 10 inches, image is a bit fuzzy) $300.00 (reduced from $600.00)
Amateur Work. AMATEUR WORK, ILLUSTRATED. Containing Designs and Working Drawings to Scale, for Various Pieces of Work, Useful and Ornamental, and Several Hundred Diagrams and Engravings on Wood. Volumes I, II and III. London, n.d.
Vol. I: 534 pp., numerous illustrations, foldouts. Vol. II: 600 pp., numerous illustrations, foldouts. Vol III: 600 pp., plus 208 pp., November, 1884-February, 1885 issues of the magazine added in the back. (7 1/2 x 10 inches, some of the foldouts ripped) Includes sections from Heron-Allen’s Violin Making as it Was and Is, as well as many other interesting items. Very scarce. $175.00 (reduced from $375.00)
Coffignier, Charles. LES VERNIS. Paris, 1921. In French.
viii, 640 pp., 37 illustrations. (paper covers, some pages worn and sl. chipped, some pages stained) Includes numerous varnish recipes. Extremely scarce! $500.00 (reduced from $850.00)
Coutagne, Henry. GASPARD DUIFFOPROUCART et les Luthiers Lyonnais du XVIe Siecle. Paris: Fischbacher, 1893. In French.
79 pp., frontispiece. (7 x 11 inches, covers a bit worn and stained, edges of pages untrimmed) Regazzi calls this “a most valuable contribution to early violin history.” Very scarce! $650.00 (reduced from $850.00)
De Wit, Paul. GEIGENZETTEL ALTER MEISTER vom 16. bis zur mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Leipzig, 1902.
14 pp., 400 facsimiles of labels. (8 x 11 inches, boards, covers and spine frayed) The scarcest edition. $200.00 (reduced from $300.00)
Ehrlich, A. DAS STREICH QUARTETT IN WORT UND BILD. Leipzig, 1898. In German.
vii, 83 pp., numerous illustrations. (10 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches, some rubbing to covers and spine, several pages reattached, rebacked) An absolutely wonderful book that includes photos and biographical information on over 40 quartets, including the Florentiner, Petri, Lewinger, Brodski, Berber, Hellmesberger, Rosé, Prill, Fitzner, Soldat-Roeger, Duesberg, Joachim (Berlin), Joachim (London), Londoner, Dresdener, Suttgart, Halir, Hamburger, Riller, Bohmische, Budapest, Petersburger, Bologneser, Triester, Kneisel and Romische quartets. Extremely scarce. $650.00 (reduced from $850.00)
FAMOUS INSTRUMENTS OF THE WORLD SERIES. Tokyo: Gakken, 1986.
Three volumes, 10 x 14 1/4 inches, gilt-stamped titles, each volume in a slip-case with similar gilt-stamped titles.
Collection in the Library of Congress: 80 pp. of photographs in color, 48 pp. of explanatory text and illustrations. 8 instruments illustrated.
Collection in the Smithsonian Institution: 132 pp. of photographs in color, 32 pp. of explanatory text and illustrations, 15 instruments illustrated.
Collection in the Corcoran Gallery of Art: 88 pp. of photographs in color, 32 pp. of explanatory text and illustrations, 8 instruments illustrated.
Beautiful full-page photographs by Shinichi Yokoyama, who did the photographs for the book Stradivari in Japan. In English and Japanese. A beautiful set of books. $1800.00 (reduced from $2200.00)
Farga, Franz. VIOLINS & VIOLINISTS. With a chapter on English Violin Makers, by E. W. Lavender. London: Rockliff, 1951. THE DELUXE EDITION.
xvi, 223 pp., frontispiece, 80 illustrations, 10 line drawings. (full-calf binding, top edge gilt, edges of covers and spine rubbed, covers and spine a bit worn) No. 12 of the edition limited to 200 copies. $250.00 (reduced from $350.00)
Gallay, J. UN INVENTAIRE SOUS LA TERREUR. Etat des Instruments de Musique Relevé Chez les Émigré et Condamnés par A. Bruni. L’un des Délégrués de la Convention. Paris, 1890.
xxxiv, 238 pp., frontispiece. (bound in 3/4 leather and marbled boards with original covers bound in, pages uncut) Limited to 300 copies, the first 100 in special Holland paper, this is copy no. 34. Extremely scarce. $850.00 (reduced from $1200.00)
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. $1800.00 (reduced from $2400.00)
Hamma, Fridolin. DIE D'EGVILLE–DEL GESÜ. 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 Christieπs auction of June, 1990. Very scarce. $350.00 (reduced from $750.00)
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. 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. $1500.00 (reduced from $2000.00)
Hamma & Co. VIOLINE ANTONIUS STRADIVARIUS CREMONA
1709 Genant GREFFUHLE-STRADIVARIUS. Stuttgart, n.d.
(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 (reduced from $575.00)
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. $200.00 (reduced from $350.00)
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. $450.00 (reduced from $750.00)
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. In a slipcase. Extremely scarce! $1250.00 (reduced from $2500.00)
Hjorth, Arne. DANISH VIOLINS AND THEIR MAKERS. Copenhagen: Emil Hjorth & Sønner, 1963.
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! $400.00 (reduced from $600.00
Jacquot, Albert. LA LUTHERIE LORRAINE ET FRANCAISE. Paris, 1912.
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. $1950.00 (reduced from $2500.00)
Jalovec, Karel. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VIOLIN MAKERS. London: Paul Hamlyn, 1968.
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) $650.00 (reduced from $850.00)
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. $200.00 (reduced from $300.00) Sold!
Mozart, Leopold. GRÜNDLICHEVIOLINSCHULE MIT VIER KUPFERTAFELN UND EINER TABELLE. Augsburg, 1800. Fourth edition.
268 pp., frontispiece, 3 additional plates, 2 of which are hand-colored, numerous musical examples. (7 x 8 1/4 inches, covers and spine worn, some foxing, missing the table at the back, which is included in photocopy, belonged to David Boyden) This is one of the scarcest books on the violin, with first editions often selling for around $6000. Interestingly, while the first edition is certainly the most scarce, it is the second and subsequent editions that make the first printed mention of Wolfgang Mozart. When the first edition went to the publisher, Mozart had not been born. However, between the time Leopold first submitted his book to the publisher and the time it was finally published, the announcement of the birth of Wolfgang was made. $650.00 (reduced from $750.00)
Patents for Inventions. ABRIDGMENTS OF SPECIFICATIONS Relating to Music and Musical Instruments. A.D. 1694-1866. London, 1871.
xiv, 246 pp. (4 3/4 x 7 inches, cloth, covers a bit worn, some pages creased, ex-library) Interesting and quite scarce! $85.00 (reduced from $150.00)
Pocket Preceptor. POCKET PRECEPTOR FOR THE VIOLIN Comprising the Most Approved Instruction with Compleat Scales for that Instrument, Progressive Series of Popular Airs & Duetts, with Words to Several and Rules for Bowing in an Elegant and Easy Style. London, c. 1800.
54 pp., engraved frontispiece, fold-out. (6 1/4 x 4 inches, modern limp marbled boards) Very scarce. $160.00 (reduced from $225.00) Sold!
Pougin, Arthur. LE VIOLON. Les Violonistes et la Musique de Violon du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle. Paris: Librairie Fischbacher, 1924.
358 pp., 20 plates, 36 illustrations, musical examples. In French. (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, beautifuly bound in leather and marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, covers a bit worn and rubbed, front cover sl. cracked, top edge of pages sl. creased) Includes wonderful plates of Corelli, Tartini, Locatelli, Viotti, Le Clair, Guignon and others. Very Scarce. $300.00 (reduced from $550.00)
Roda, Joseph. BOWS FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE VIOLIN FAMILY. Chicago: William Lewis and Son, 1959. The Deluxe Edition.
335 pp., 20 illustrations, 47 double plates illustrating 241 bows. Includes a biographical list of bow makers. (full leather binding, gilt titles and decoration on covers and spine, top edges gilt, in a slipcase, fine to very fine condition) No. 156 of the edition limited to 200 copies. Extremely scarce. $1750.00 (reduced from $2500.00)
(Stradivari) (Mostra) MOSTRA DI ANTONIO STRADIVARI. Settimane Musicali di Stressa. Isola Bella, 1963.
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. $300.00 (reduced from $450.00)
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. $325.00 (reduced from $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) 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! $700.00 (reduced from $1000.00)
(Vuillaume, J. B.) Millant, R. J. B. VUILLAUME. His Life and Work. London: Hill and Sons, 1972. In English, French and German. THE DELUXE EDITION.
207 pp., frontispiece, 80 pages of illustrations, bound in full morocco leather, with gilt decorations and in a slipcase. This edition limited to 500 copies. A copy brought £231, about $450 at the Christieπs auction of November, 1990. $350.00 (reduced from $500.00)
Werro, Henry. "LADY BLUNT" STRADIVARIUS-VIOLINE 1721. Bern, 1943.
24 pp., 5 illustrations. (6 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, covers a bit worn) No. 118 of the edition limited to 200 copies. Inscribed by Werro to Emil Hamma. Extremely scarce. $1500.00 (reduced from $2000.00)
Werro, Henry. "OLE BULL" Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù, 1744. Berne, 1971.
51 pp., gold-stamped boards, 2 portraits of Ole Bull, 4 photographs of the violin. In German, French and English. (6 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches, fine condition, no slipcase, one plate loose, signed by Werro) No. 236 of an edition limited to 400. Scarce! $300.00 (reduced from $500.00)
Wolffheim, Dr. Werner. VERSTEIGERUNG DER MUSIKBIBLIOTHEK. Martin Breslauer, 1928.
Volume I (Textband): 287 pp.; Volume I (Tafelband): 48 pp. of plates; Volume II (Textband): 576 pp.; Volume II (Tafelband): 41 pp. of plates. (6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, covers of textbands very worn and chipped, volume I textband pages loose and detached) This very rare catalogue is of the highly important collection of music books assembled by Dr. Werner Wolffheim, that was auctioned at the firm of Martin Breslauer & Leo Liepmannssohn Antiquariat in Berlin in 1928 & 1929. The two volumes include 4,000 entries of some of the rarest music titles ever printed. The collection embraced a superb range that included works from all over Europe. A very scarce and highly important reference work. Sells for as high as $550. Much lower price because of the condition (can be rebound) $175.00 (reduced from $250.00)
Wood, Benjamin. L’ART MYSTERIEUX DU VIOLON. Paris, 1927.
117 pp., illustrations, musical examples. (7 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches, paper covers and spine a bit worn, sl. creasing to covers and pages) Scarce. $150.00 (reduced from $200.00)
Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph. RARE VIOLINS, VIOLAS, VIOLONCELLOS of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries of the Wurlitzer Collection. Part I. New York, 1931.
210 pp., frontispiece in color, 75 full page plates illustrating two views each, stiff wrappers. (bound in newer cloth) A copy brought £308, about $550 at the Christie's auction of November, 1991. $200.00 (reduced from $300.00)
Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph. RARE BOWS FOR VIOLIN, VIOLA VIOLONCELLO by Makers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. New York, 1931.
48 pp., frontispiece, 4 pages of illustrations of bows. (a bit worn) Scarce. $250.00 (reduced from $350.00)
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. (binding a bit loose, but not coming detached, small stains on slipcase) Very scarce. $950.00 (reduced from $1500.00)