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Nardi, Carlo. The Violinmaker Cesare Candi and Paganini's Violin (1948). Cremona: Cremona Books, 2005. 2.. 8vo,
Trade Paperback. As New 70pp; 15 Illustrations. memoir by the restorer of Paganini’s ‘Cannon’ violin.      £22

Niederheitmann, Friedrich. Cremona. Buren: Knuf, 1986. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover. Fine An Account of the Italian Violin-Makers and Their Instruments; Translated from the original by W. H. Quarrell, M. A. 16 + 96 pp; Brief history of violin making plus alphabetical listing of both major and minor makers. Book is hardcover without a dust jacket. Clean and tight and in very good condition.  £15

Nilsson, Bengt. Svensk Fiolbyggar Konst - Swedish Violin Making during the 18th. Century Until About 1865 . 
Malmö: 1988. Sold

Otto, Jacob Augustus. A Treatise on the Structure and Preservation of the Violin. London: Reeves, 4. Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Original Cloth. Good Further Enlarged. Translated From the Original, with Additions and Illustrations by John Bishop. 6 + 95 pp; 3 plates, 10 ill.; some splits to page gatherings; cover sl. bumped, discoloured; On the construction of the violin and other bow-instruments, account on the most eminent German makers., notice on the most esteemed Italian and Steiner's violins., of the repair; preservation, and method of bringing out the tone of instruments. VI appendix. Last part of the book are announcements, history, biography etc. With index  £15

New Otto, Irmgard / Adelmann, Olga. Katalog der Streichinstrumente.Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin. Publisher: Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 1975, pp.336. Text in German £10

(Paganini - see:)  De Saussine, Renee. Paganini

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Fetis, F.J.  Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Gordon, Herman. 36 Famous Italian Violins

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Nardi, C. The Violinmaker Cesare Candi and Paganini's Violin (1948)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Pulver, J.  Paganini the Romantic Virtuoso

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Stratton, S.  Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Tibaldi Chiesa, Maria.   Paganini. La Vita e l'Opera

Petherick, Horace. The Repairing and Restoration of Violins. London: Strad, 1903. Sold

Petherick, Horace. Joseph Guarnerius His Work and His Master. London: Strad, 1906. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Cloth. Very Good 8 + 220 + 16 pp; Numerous text illustrations by the author and 40 full-page photographs. An interesting and now controversial account of the life and work of this violin maker, about whose life little was written previously. Dark red cloth boards, faded, very firm and clean pages;  £50

Petherick, Horace. Antonio Stradivari. London: Strad, 1913. 2cd. Edition. 12mo, Cloth. Very Good 8 + 82 pp; + adverts; plates and ill; Dark red cloth boards, faded, very firm and clean pages; owners signature to ffep;  £30

Peterlongo, Paolo.  Il Violino di Vecsey / Die Geige Vecseys.
Tre raconti biografici / Drei biographische Erzählungen: Antonio Stradivari, Marechal Berthier, Ferenc de Vecsey.
377 S. linen hardback with dj., large 4to, 36 b/m ill. (photos- & facsimiles), 12 musicians autographs &14 col. photo plates of violins. text in Italian and German.In very good condition.  £120

Peterlongo, Paolo. Strumenti ad Arco. Principi fisici del loro funziamento / Les Intruments à Archet. Principes physiques de leur fonctionnement. Edizioni Siei, Milan, Italy, 1973. Sold

Peterlongo, Paolo. The Violin: Its Physical and Acoustic Principles. New York: Taplinger, 1979. Sold

New Pilar Vladimir. & Sramek, F.  Umeni Houslaru - The Art of (Czech-) Violin-Makers
Panton, Prague, 1989;  544 pp; dj.;
Profusely illustrated with b/w full-page plates, text-illustr., and a folding genealogical chart; text in Czech with Russian, English and German summary. Condition very good.
Probably the most important publication on Czech makers up to date - even of interest to non Czech readers as the many details of the makers featured are self explanatory.
Contents: 1. Preface 2. Historical development of Violin making in Bohemia and Moravia 3. Biographies and work of violin makers 4. Theoretical and practical problems of the violin and viola 5. Supplements; The book contains about 1400 photographs and other pictures. Very scarce. £200

Poidras, Henry. Critical and Documentary Dictionary of Violin Makers Old and Modern,
Vicomte, Rouen 1928.  Sold

Poidras, Henry. Dictionnaire des Luthiers Anciens et Modernes; Critique et Documentaire
Vicomte, Rouen, 1924, 4to. xiv,233,[2],pp. Sold

Pulver, Jeffrey. Paganini the Romantic Virtuoso. London: Herbert Joseph, 1936. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Good 328pp; 4 portraits of the violinists, a few light markings to the inside;  £25

Racster, Olga. Chats on Big and Little Fiddles. London: Laurie, 8vo, Cloth. Good nd. ca. 1920; 7 + 268pp; 20 ill.; foxing and some underlining notes etc.; tear to top of spine; better than just a reading copy though.  £10

Rattray, David. Masterpieces of Italian Violinmaking (1620 - 1850) Important Stringed Instruments from the Collection at the Royal Academy of Music. Condition as new. Signed by the Author
1. Edition; 72pp, glossy hardback; numerous colour photographs.
With forewords by Charles Beare, Malcolm Sadler,Peter Biddulph, Introduction by D.Rattray, Colour and b/w plates of 26 fine Violins, Violas and Cellos of the RAM collection with description and detailed measurements each shown in complete frontal views front and back, detail of scrolls. Discography, Glossary of Violin Making Terms and Bibliography. An outstanding book!
The collection comprises many fine instruments and this book features amongst other makers Amati, Guarneri, Rugeri, Stradivari, Guadagnini, Gagliano, Pressenda. £50

Regazzi, Roberto. The Complete Luthier's Library . Bologna: Florenus Edizioni , 1991. Sold

Retford, William C. Bows and Bow Makers. London. The Strad, 1964. First Edition.
Small 4to, hardback, 250x190mm, 86pp., 24 b/w plates, 6 ill. VG condition, dj with tears and loss. £90

Retford, William C. (Malcolm Saddler, Ealing Strings) The Retford Centenary Exhibition
63 pp + 100 black & white photographic plates of bows.
Dark red cloth boards in original clear protective cover; A fine book celebrating the life and work of this influential craftsman and bowmaker, with an insight into to the firm of W.E. Hills. Good condition, some marks, spots on cover.  £40

Retford, William C. (Malcolm Saddler, Ealing Strings) The Retford Centenary Exhibition
de Luxe leather bound, limited edition of 200; Like new, in original slipcase
63 pp + 100 black & white photographic plates of bows.
A fine book celebrating the life and work of this influential craftsman and bowmaker, with an insight into to the firm of W.E. Hills.  £120

Riemann, Hugo. Riemann Musik Lexikon (5 Bände).  Mainz Schott 1959-1975, 1959.
 xv, 986; xv, 976; xv, 1087; xv, 698; xii, 964 Seiten. goldgeprägte Leinenbände, 26 cm. 5 Bände: "Personenteil A-K", "Personenteil L-Z", "Sachteil", "Ergänzungsband Personenteil A-K", "Ergänzungsband Personenteil L-Z". - 12.neubearbeitete Auflage war als dreibändige Ausgabe konzipiert und wurde von Willibald Gurlitt und in der Nachfolge von Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht herausgegeben (Personenteile und Sachteil). Ihr folgten noch die beiden Ergänzungsbände, herausgegeben von Carl Dahlhaus. - Mit etlichen Abbildungen.
Large Musical Standart Lexikon in German. all 5 Vol.  Heavy!   £60

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. volume 1. Ann Arbour, 1993. 2cd.ed. 23 + 396pp;
72 illustrations. softback. Sold

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. volume 2. Ann Arbour, 1991.Sold

Rivarde, Achille . The Violin and Its Technique as a Means to the Interpretation of Music.
Macmillan, 1933, 2cd.ed..dark blue cloth, 51pp. with gold embossed coat of arms of Brentwood school, and pasted in music price certificate from 1936. (the Arthur Henry Brown prize, awarded to P. Allen by headmaster James F. Hough).
Part of The Musician's Library series. A fine and slim volume on technique, interpretation etc on playing the violin
. £20

Roda, Joseph. Bows for Musical Instruments. Chicago, Illinois: William Lewis & Son, 1959.Sold

Russian Collection Moscow: 2004, see Mihalsky, Vatslav.

Sacconi , Simone F. (Hamma, Warren, Wurlitzer - Editors). Sacconi Loan Exhibition Stringed Instruments and Bows. New York: Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, 1966. First Edition. Commemorating the seventieth birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi.  Edited by W.Hamma, K.Warren & M.Wurlitzer.
Large 4to, 295 by 240 mm.16 + 70 full page b/w plates. Condition: some wear and bumps to corners and edges of cover, owners inscription, yellowing and slight waviness to page edges. Very good and clean otherwise. £120

Sacconi, Simone F. I 'Segreti' Di Stradivari. Cremona: Libreria Del Convegno, 1972. First Edition. Sold

Saint-George, Henry. The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
The Strad, London 1909. Sold

Salabue, Cozio Di. Carteggio. Milano: Cordani, 1950. First Edition.   Sold

Senn, Walter & Roy, Karl. Jakob Stainer, Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, 1617-1683. Franfurt Main: Bochinsky, 1986. Sold

Shosoin Office (Ed.). Musical Instruments in the Shosoin. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shimbun Sha , 1967. First Edition. Large 4to. Cloth. Very Good / No Jacket. xxiv+234pp.. Large Quarto. Original Linen Covered Boards. Slipcase with pasted colour plate without spine. Illustrated with Full Page Photo Plates in Colour & Monochrome. Text in English & Japanese. A Fine Copy. First Edition A fairly rare book on Japanese Musical Instruments  £80  rare

Silverman, William Alexander. The Violin Hunter - the Life Story of Luigi Tarisio the Great Collector of Violins. London: William Reeves, 1964. Sold

Sotheby's. Musical Instruments Auctions various catalogues - please enquire

Sotheby's. Musical Instruments.
Very fine catalogue of the Musical Instruments Auction 14. November 1985.Violins Etc. Part 1. 120pp. numerous ill. in colour and b&w. hardback, VG condition.
Includes 4 famous Stradivaris - incl. the Lady Blunt violin of 1721, the 'Red Diamond' violin from 1732 , the 'Wilhemj' of 1725 and the 1730 'Ben Venuto, ex Pawle cello £40 

Sotheby's. Made for Music: An Exhibition to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Galpin Society for the study of Musical Instruments [Exhibition catalogue]. 11-22 August, 1986.. London: Sothebys, 1986. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Soft Cover. Very Good listing 189 instruments, many b/w photos, bowed, plucked, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instruments.  £10

New Spohr, Louis. Spohr's Violin School, revised and edited with additional text by Henry Holmes
Published by Boosey & Co., London, 1878
Dark green cloth boards, blind stamped and gilt lettered. A clean VG volume. Binding sound with no splits or cracks. No inscriptions. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. £40

New Spohr, Louis. Spohr's Violin School, revised and edited with additional text by Henry Holmes
Published by Boosey & Co., London, 1878
Dark green cloth boards, blind stamped and gilt lettered. A useful copy with some wear to cover etc.. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. vii, 230 pp. including 3 plates. £25

(Stainer, Jakob) - Jakob Stainer und seine Zeit. Bericht über die Jacob-Stainer-Tagung Innsbruck 1983
Ed. Walter Salmen, Edition Helbling, Innsbruck. Sold

Stainer, C.. A Dictionary of Violin Makers. London: Novello, revised, n.d. 102 + 10 pp; comprehensive little dictionary covering many schools. board corners worn, bent, some browning, fair £10

New Stradivari e la Liuteria Cremonese dall' U.R.S.S.  Cremona, Palazzo Comunale 18.9- 8.10. 1988
Turris, Cremona, 1988. Folio. Sold

Stradivari - see:  Bacchetta, Renzo.  Stradivari non è nato nel 1644

- - - - - - - - - - - -  Baruzzi, A.  La Casa Nuziale - The Home of Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Beare, C.  Capolavori Di Antonio Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Bonetti, Cavalcabo, Gualizzini. Stradivari. Reports and Documents 1937

- - - - - - - - - - - - Herrmann, Emil. Stradivarius Memorial Concert 1937

- - - - - - - - - - - - Herrmann, Emil. Rare Violins 1926 - 1927.

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E. Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work (1644 - 1737)

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E. The Tuscan and Le Messie

- - - - - - - - - - - - Hill, W.E.  The Salabue Stradivari,

- - - - - - - - - - - - Petherick, Horace. Antonio Stradivari

- - - - - - - - - - - - Stradivari e la Liuteria Cremonese dall' U.R.S.S.

- - - - - - - - - - - - Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963

- - - - - - - - - - - - Wallenberg, Hans. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari 1709

Stratton, Stephen S.. Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work. London: 1907. First Edition. 8vo. Cloth. Good 205pp. plus trade adverts; Hardcover. Tissue-guarded frontis. B/W plates & illus. Illustrated front cover. The Strad Library no. 17. light wear to covers, some foxing, small rectangle cut out from ffep (former owners sing?).  £20

Szigeti, Josph: Szigeti on the Violin. Cassell & Co. London 1969, 10+ 234 pp.; many music ex. throughout the text; book is VG - even though its ex library, withdrawn stamp, dj price clipped £20

THE STRAD - a Monthly Journal for Professionals and Amateurs of All Stringed Instruments Played with the Bow. E. Lavender Ed.; Novello, London, original wraps; Many back issues of this important monthly magazine are available. 
The Strad has been published without interruption since 1890 to the present day and provides a wealth of information about the violin family and their players. Many full yearly runs are available (12 issues), starting in the 1950's to 1990's. also many issues pre. 1950.
Let me know your wants or requirements. Condition generally good and better, might have staple rust, creases, light tears to cover;   Full yearly run from 1950  £30.00  single issues where available:  £4

Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963. Cremona: Turris, 1996. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Trade Paperback. As New 4to, 300x220mm, 80pp., 47 b/w plates, text in Italian, English, German and French; Catalogue of an exhibition of fine Stradivari instruments organized by the collector Enrico Costa in Stresa (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella 26.8 - 10.9.1963). £25

Stresa:  Mostra Di Antonio Stradivari 1963. Stresa: Settimane Musicali Di Stresa, 1963. First Edition, Sold

Szigeti. A Violinists Notebook. London: Duckworth, 1964. First Edition. Sold

Tibaldi Chiesa, Maria.  Paganini. La Vita e l'Opera
Garzanti, 1947, 4. edition; 484pp, 14 ill. 18 facsimile, in original wraps with dustcover.
condition G ++, dustjacket frayed with some loss.  £25

Tiella, Marco & Zanisi, Tiziano. Contributo Allo Studio Del Restauro Degli Strumenti Musicale.
Cremona : Turris, 1990. Sold

Tolbecque, Auguste. L'Art Du Luthier. Niort: Fort - Foucault, 1903. Sold

Vannes: Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers Brussels: Les Ami De La Musique, 1951, 2cd ed.Sold

Vatelot. Les Archets francais 2 Volumes, 1. edition 1976 Sold

Von Schulmann, Otto. Echt Oder Falsch. 
Siegburg: F.Schmitt, 1976. Second Edition. 8vo,  Original Wraps. Fine 78pp; 6 b/w plates of classical Italian violins; Text in German; Ein Beitrag zur Beurteilung Altitalienischer Meistergeigen für Geigenliebhaber.     £15

Wake, Harry S.. The Technique of Violin Making . San Diego, Calif.: Privately Printed, 1973. Sold

Wallenberg, Hans. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari 1709. Hamburg: Edition AB, 1973. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hard Cover. Fine Antonius Stradivarius Cremonesis Faciebat Anno 1709. Die König - Maximilian - Stradivari. Die ungewöhnliche Geschichte einer Geige, dargestellt in Briefen und Dokumenten. Wallenberg, Hans / Meyer, Jochen (Hrsg.), Square 4to, 95pp; ill + 1 LP; limited to 1000 editions; marbled bords in slipcase ( broken along 2 edges). text in German with an English translation; A well made monograph on this celebrated Violin now conserved in Berlin. Nice ilustrations and with 8 fine facsimile certificates and letters with photos; The long playing phonograph record features MIchael Schwalbe playing J.S.Bach Sonata no. 1 g-min and N.Paganini Capricen no. 9 & 24; the record appears un-played, the records slipcase also with b/w photo of the violinist.  £150

Wechsberg, Joseph. The ( Glory of the ) Violin. 
London: Arts Book Society, 1973. 8vo, Cloth. Very Good / Very Good. Tall 8vo, 314pp., 8 b/w plates, black cloth, VG; dj; An interesting text on the violin, its makers, legends, stories on stolen violins , varnish and much more. Great fun to read for the beginner and seasoned lover of violins!     £20

Werro, Henry. 'Ole Bull' Joseph Guarnerius Del Gesu 1744. Berne: Werro, Henry, 1971. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Three-Quarter Leather. Fine 51 pp., limited to 400 editions; gilt titles to front, cloth/board slipcase, 2 portraits of Ole Bull, 4 original b/wphotographs of the violin. In German, French and English. Rare monograph on this violin.  £200

John White : An anthology of British viola players, Comus Edition, Colne, Lancashire, 1997 HB, dj, ix + pp260, black/white illustrations, extracts from musical scores, with over 150 articles and over 250 photographs and illustrations. £50 NEW

Whone, Adam. Edward Withers Ltd - 230 Years of Violin Craft in Soho. London: Mill Hill Publications, 1996. First Edition.  As New / Fine.   Sold

Wibberley, Leonard. Guarneri - Violin-Maker of Genius.
London: MacDonald and Jane's, 1974. First Thus. 8vo, Hard Cover. Very Good; dj Very Good. 151pp; Fine, bright copy, in gilt-lettered green cloth; Jacket design by Richard Cuffari. Juvenile novel of young orphan Thomas Soli, living in a monastery in 18th century Cremona, whose gift for singing leads him to be apprenticed to master violinmaker, Guarneri del Gesu.     £15

Winram, James. Violin Playing and Violin Adjustment. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1908. First Edition. 8vo, Original Cloth. Good 10 + 126 pp; 9 b/w photo plates; blue cloth; interesting and uncommon. Condition: slight wear, slackening and foxing.      £30 

Woodcock, Cyril. Dictionary of Contemporary Violin and Bow Makers. Brighton: Amati Publishing, 1965. Sold

Wordsworth, W. (Editor), Jaqueline Du Pres: Impressions. London: Grafton, 1989. Sold

Wunderlich, Friedrich. Der Geigenbogen - Eine Schrift Für Den Fachmann Und Alle Geiger. Sold

Wurlitzer Rembert. The Henry Hottinger Collection. 
New York: Rembert Wurlitzer Incorporated, 1967. First Edition. Sold

Wurlitzer Co., Rudolph.  Rare Violins Violas Violoncellos of the 18th. And 19th. Centuries Wurlitzer Collection 1931, Part 1. New York: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. Sold

Wynne, Barry - Goosens. Music in the Wind. The Story of Leon Goossens & His Triumph Over a Shattering Accident. 
London: Souvenir Press, 1967. First Edition. 8vo, Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. 8 + 119 pp; dj with some wear and chips; otherwise VG. £10

Ysaye, Antoine. Ysaye. London: W.E.Hill & Sons, 1980. First Edition. Sold

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