Harvey, Brian W.: Violin Fraud Deception Forgery Theft and the Law Books
126 pagesPublisher: Clarendon Press; 1st Edition edition (1992) HB.
Instruments of the violin family are well known to be exceptionally valuable if they are the work of an Italian master such as Stradiveri or Guarneri. Unfortunately, in common with many other antique articles of value, the forger, the defrauder and the thief operate conspicuously in the world of the violin. Labels are altered, certificates of origin are spuriously created, new instruments are even made and disguised to look old, with the features of an old master reproduced. Buyers, dealers and even auction houses have made mistakes. Many people who own instruments, or are interested in buying, want to know more about the danger and the pitfalls, and about the case-histories of previous disasters. The law itself is widely misunderstood and its ambit not appreciated. Those who contravene the law risk actions for civil damages as well as criminal prosecution, primarily by the ever more vigilant Trading Standards Departments of local authorities. It is the intention of this book to detect the background to this fraudulent activity and to explain how the law applies to it. Much of what is said applies to the antiques world generally, but there are specific and pressing problems relating to stringed instruments with which this book is particularly concerned. It should be of interest to collectors, dealers, auctioners, lawyers concerned with antiques, Trading Standards officers and violin teachers and players. sold
Haweis, Rev. H. R.. My Musical Life.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1898. 8vo, Cloth. Good 28 + 673 + 40pp.; blue cloth gilt embossed spine and front, frontispiece portrait w. tissue; corners bumped and worn, inner spines cracked but not loose, nice ex-libris, light occasional pencil underlining in text, otherwise good +. Chapters include: Cremona, old Violins, (incl. a discussion of the various schools), Interlude on a certain loan collection, a South Kensington Dream, Stradivarius...his house, Interlude on some old violin players, Paganini. £20
Haweis, Rev. H. R.. Music and Morals. London: Daldy, Isbister, 1877. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Good 8th edition; 13 + 556 pp; dark blue cloth with gilt embossed title & violinist to spine and front; with an interesting 30pp. chapter on the violin, incl. Stradivari. wear to board edges/corners, paper hinges with splits; £15
Henley, William. Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow Makers, Vol. 1 - 5. Sold
Henley, William. Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments
Amati Publ. Brighton 1961. 1.Ed. VG, dj G. 98 pp. + many b/w plates, dark red cloth with gilded title on spine.
The author gives details on varnish, tone, models and measurements on many of the Stradivari Violins listed in this worthwhile compilation. £20
Hill, W.E.. Antonio Stradivari His Life and Work (1644 - 1737). New York: Dover, 1963. 8vo,
Trade Paperback. As New Reprint Edition with a new introduction by Sydney Beck and New Supplementary Indexes by Rembert Wurlitzer; 24 + 315 pp; numerous ill. in text and plates, the classic text on Stradivari! £10
Hill W.E. Antonio Stradivari His Life and Work (1644 - 1737). New York: Dover, 1963. 8vo Hardback blue cloth. Very Good Reprint Edition with a new introduction by Sydney Beck and New Supplementary Indexes by Rembert Wurlitzer; 24 + 315 pp; numerous ill. in text and plates, blue cloth, gilt embossed title on spine. The classic text on Stradivari! £25
Hill, W.E. The Violin - Makers of the Guarneri Family . London: W.E.Hill & Sons, 1. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Soft Cover. Good ca. 1932; 50pp; outer wraps torn and wrapped in later cover; some penciled underlining; this little brochure was issued to illustrate the Guarneri book published by the Hill brothers. Includes main chapters topics, Press articles and opinions; articles by E.H.Fellowes and W.W.Cobbett. An uncommon brochure. £15
Huggins, Margaret L. & W. E. Hill. Gio: Paolo Maggini. His Life and Work. London: W.E.Hill & Sons, 1976. Second Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quarter-Leather. As New W.E. Hill & Sons, London, "Compiled and edited from material collected and contributed by William Ebsworth Hill and his sons William, Arthur, and Alfred Hill." Reprinted from the original from before 1900 - limited edition to 2000. 96 pages. With 8 b&w and color plates. ill, by Alfred Slocombe; dark blue quarter leather & brown cloth; gilt tiltes to front and spine; An important book on this early and influential violin maker from Brescia in as new condition. £35
Jalovec, Karel: The Violin Makers of Bohemia, including craftsmen of Moravia and Slovakia.
With many plates and labelsPublisher: Anglo-Italian Publication Limited, London, 1959, HC. Used, G++ condition.
128 p. plates (335 illus., 622 facsims.) fold., map. £200 New
Kalischer, Alfr. Chr.. Beethovens Sämtliche Briefe 5 Vol. Kritische Ausgabe Mit Erläuterungen (Beethovens' Complete Letters).
Berlin & Leipzig: Schuster & Loeffler, 1906. First Edition. 8vo, Half-Cloth. Very Good 1906 - 1908, top edge gilt, gilt leather tiltle on spine, gilt decorated boards, coloured printed endpapers,
Vol I (1783 - 1810) 16+340pp., Vol II (1811 - 1815) 13+320pp., Vol III (1816 - 1818) 14+300pp., Vol IV (1819 - 1823) 13+351pp., Vol V (1824 - 1827) 13+362 ( 42 index) +2.
With small ex - libris of 'Regina Sulger Gebing', also small dealer sticker on inner boards, corners lightly bend, showing the first sign of wear, top and bottom of spines lightly creased, Vol I has its rear board bend, the sets pages are slightly wavy, Vol IV light soiling on cover and light tear to page margins 137 - 142, Vol V with signature of 'Regina Sulgur - Gebing 1908'. Altogether a very nice and clean set. £80 rare
Lütgendorff, W. Die Geigen- und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart 2 Vol.
Frankfurt a.Main, 1922. 2 vols. 422, 670 pp. 98 plts & 853 ills on plts.text in German. £100
MacDonald, Calum . Gramophone Classical Catalogue - Listing Records and Tapes. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1979. 4to, Cloth. Very Good / Good, with an introduction by Edward Greenfield; 24 + 376 pp. £10
Michelman, Josef : A Plausible Re-creation of the Varnish Used by the Italian Violin MakersBetween the Years 1550 and 1750.
1946, 1. Edition, 185pp, HB, cloth.very clean book, hardcover, great ideas and some interesting chemistry for violin varnish making . sold
Mosconi & Witten: Capolavori Di Andrea Amati , Cremona
1984, Cremona, 71pp, with numerous plates, softcover, text in ItalianAn important catalogue on the first known maker of Violins: Andrea Amati, Cremona, illustrating in Colour and b/w several of his instruments (5 violins, 1 Viola, 1 Cello) vg condition . sold
Mozart, Leopold. Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule. entworfen und mit 4. Kupfertafeln sammt einer Tabelle versehen. Hochfürstl. Salzburgischen Cammermusikus (Faksimile);
Frankfurt am Main: Grahl, 1956. 8vo, Original; Fine; dj Good.
(A treatise on the fundamental principles of violin playing)
In German; (Nachdruck der Ausgabe: Augsburg, Lotter 1756); 264, 8 pp.; 1 mehrfach gefaltete Noten-Tafel; condition: fine; dj still good; £20
enquiries: [email protected]
Top of page Books A-G Books N-Z Books Home