Lachmann, Erich. THE ERICH LACHMANN COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Los Angeles, 1950.
53 pp., 24 full page plates. (12 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches, one corner sl. worn, generally fine to very fine) Sold for $488 at the Skinner auction of November, 1994. Scarce. $85.00
Lachmann, Erich. THE ERICH LACHMANN COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Los Angeles, 1950. Plates Only.
The 24 full page plates, in a paper binder with the same cover illustration as the book. (12 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches, the tipped-in photos are 7 1/2 x 11 inches, paper binder a bit worn) $50.00
L'Ame et La Corde. 3 SIECLES DE LUTHERIE FRANCAISE. Catalogue de l'exposition. Paris, 1983.
64 pp., numerous illustrations. (8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches, stiff paper covers, some wear to front cover) Quite scarce. $125.00 Sold!
Lebet, Claude. LES DEUX STRADIVARIUS DE DOMENICO DRAGONETTI. (Domenico Dragonetti and his two Stradivarius Violins) La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1991. The Deluxe Edition.
34 pp., 6 color photographs of the two violins, plus 2 portraits. (6 ¾ x 10 ½ inches, full leather binding, very fine condition, in a slipcase) No. 20 of the edition limited to 20. Extremely scarce! $750.00
Leonhardt, Konrad. GEIGENBAU UND KLANGFRAGE. Versuche, Praktiken und Grundsätzliches zur Erreichung eines idealen Geigenklanges. Frankfurt: Das Musikinstrument, 1969. In German.
146 pp., 30 illustrations and drawings. (8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches, no d.j.) $75.00 Sold!
Lewis, William & Son. CONSTRUCTION OF THE VIOLIN. Construction of the Bow. Chicago, n.d.
1 large page 12-fold brochure. (3 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, sl. tears on folds) Describes the construction of the violin from tree to violin. $15.00 Sold!
Lucci, Raffaella, and Marchini, Rodolofo. CONOSCERE LA LIUTERIA. Getting To Know Violin Making. Unpublished Masterpieces from the Lucci-Marchini Archive. Volume I. Edizioni Il Salabue, 2006.
253 pp., 22 instruments illustrated front and back, with 4 illustrations of the scroll. (10 x 13 1/2 inches, in a slipcase) Makers illustrated include Giorgio Corsini, Guiseppe Fiorini, Rodolfo Fredi, Giuseppe Lucci, Enrico Politi, Semone Sacconi, Vincenzo Sannino, and Antonio Sgarbi. A beautiful new book. $425.00 Sold!
Lyon and Healy. LYON & HEALY'S CATALOGUE. A very fine collection of 19 violin catalogs, 15 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 (30th edition), 1922 (33rd editioin), 1924 (34th edition) (not bound). $675.00 Sold!
Lyon and Healy. LYON & HEALY'S CATALOGUE. RARE OLD VIOLINS: Chicago, 1890.
94 pp., 5 illustrations. (6 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches, bound in cloth, minor wear) The first Lyon and Healy violin catalog, and one of the rarest of all violin catalogs. $150.00 Sold!
Lyon and Healy. CATALOG OF RARE OLD VIOLINS. Chicago, 1911 and 1913.
Two catalogs bound together in green cloth. 1911: 102 pp., 14 tipped-in plates, illustrating violins by Giovanni Baptiste Gabrielli, Storioni, Antonius Amati, Joseph Kloz, Guersan, Gragnani, and Petrus Paulus de Vitor. (5 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches, original covers bound in, some wear, covers taped and cracked at binding) 1913: 41 pp., 4 color plates, original covers bound in, taped, with some wear) Very scarce, especially having both of these rare catalogs together. $150.00 Sold!
382 pp., 12 plates. In English and Italian, on parallel pages. An authentic account of the period (Marchi lived from 1727-1807) by a working luthier. First edition, limited to 800 copies. Now scarce. $185.00 Sold!
viii, 404 pp., 71 illustrations, 3 plates, with 42 additional diagrams. (4 x 6 1/2 inches, bound in new cloth with original covers bound in and restored, missing one of the fold-outs which is included in photocopy) $125.00 Sold!
15 pp. (one side), numerous illustrations. (11 x 15 inches, spiral bound, some wear and taping to pages) An interesting book that shows step by step the process of rehairing a bow. Scarce. $65.00
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. $150.00 Sold!
Michelman, Joseph. VIOLIN VARNISH. A Plausible Re-Creation of the Varnish Used by the Italian Violin Makers Between the Years 1550 and 1750, A.D. Cincinnati, 1946.
185 pp. (8vo, red cloth, back cover stained and sl. discolored) The interesting book about violin varnishes. Scarce. $125.00 Sold!
Möckel, Max. DIE KUNST DER MESSUNG IM GEIGENBAU. Berlin, 1935.
73 pp., 83 illustrations, 16 plates, 32 diagrams on loose cards. In German) An interesting book that examines the geometry and proportion in lutherie. Scarce. $250.00 Sold!
Mockel, 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. $450.00
Möller, Max. THE VIOLIN MAKERS OF THE LOW COUNTRIES (Belgium and Holland). Amsterdam, 1955.
165 pp., 58 pages of plates, and an alphabetical register of the violin-makers of the Low Countries. (8vo, cloth, corners bumped, very good to fine condition) No. 680 of 1500 copies. A copy brought £632, about $1000.00 at Christie's auction of October, 1993. Scarce! $600.00
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. $275.00 Sold!
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. $300.00 Sold!
Mozart, Leopold. GRÜNDLICHE VIOLINSCHULE 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. $750.00 Sold!
(Musical Instruments) Clemenicic, René. OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Octopus Books Ltd., 1973.
96 pp., 123 illustrations. (8 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches) An interesting book that illustrates many unusual instruments from the Renaissance through the Classic period, including the lira da braccio, the theorbo and the tromba marina, as well as Strads, etc. $40.00 Sold!
-------- THE CAREL VAN LEEUWEN BOOMKAMP Collection of Musical Instruments. Amsterdam, 1971.
190 pp., 111 instruments illustrated, musical examples. (limp boards, d.j. sl. worn) A tremendously interesting collection of instruments. Scarce. Only my second copy in 10 years. $125.00 Sold!
-------- (Kopenhagen) Hammerich, Angul. DAS MUSIKHISTORISCHE MUSEUM ZU KOPENHAGEN. Beschreibender Katalog. Kopenhagen, 1911.
172 pp., numerous illustrations, musical examples. (7 x 10 1/2 inches) Quite scarce. $125.00 Sold!
Oakes, W. W. A REVIEW OF ANCIENT AND MODERN VIOLIN MAKING. Seattle, 1899.
113 pp., illustrations. (4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, cloth, covers a bit worn and sprung) This edition scarce. $85.00 Sold!
Orcutt, William Dana. THE STRADIVARI MEMORIAL AT WASHINGTON, the National Capital. Library of Congress, 1938.
49 pp., frontispiece, 16 plates. (boards, spine a bit frayed) $40.00
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. $150.00 Sold!
Otto, Jacob. TREATISE ON THE PRESERVATION OF THE VIOLIN AND ALL OTHER BOW-INSTRUMENTS; Together with an Account of the Most Celebrated Makers, and of the Genuine Characteristics of their Instruments. London: Robert Cocks & Co., 1848. Translated by John Bishop.
vii, 56 pp. 2 fold-outs. (5 3/4 x 9 inches, boards, spine worn and chipped, general wear) This edition scarce. $100.00 Sold!