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Book #2267
Musical Instruments Part I. The Irish and the Highland Harps. Part II. English and Irish Instruments Edinburgh : David Douglas 1904 & 1908.
Part I, no 97 of 180 copies. xvi +199pp, many full-page plates, interlaced with (yellowed) tissue, block illustrations & music, with tipped-in 'directions for the binder' and 1pp of errata. Dark green linen boards with gilt illustration of a harp (front board) and thistle (back board) Ex-library with a sticker inside front board & the usual (small) stamps not affecting the text or illustrations. Top and bottom of spine and corners bumped, rough cut & dusty edges, front board cracked on spine, small library sticker on spine. Contents good & clean.
Part II, no 136 of 180 copies. 4pp (opinions of the press of part I) + viii + 167pp, many full-page plates, interlaced with tissue, block illustrations & music, with tipped-in note from the author and 1pp of errata.
Dark green linen boards with gilt illustration of a rose (front board) & harp (back board). Shelf wear to top/bottom of spine and corners. Ex-library with a sticker inside front board and the usual (small) stamps not affecting text or illustrations. First 4pp plus title page detached, rough cut and dusty edges. Contents good & clean.
This is a rare and important reference book, that, besides harps, provides information on the English Guitar, the Harp-Guitar, the Harp-Lute-Guitar, the Harp-Lute, the Dital-Harp, the Harp-Ventura and the Egan's Portable Harp (Part II).

Book #2269
The Illustrated History of the Guitar First edition 1970. 215pp, colour & b/w illustrations. Dust jacket tatty the spine repaired with cello-tape. Book light shelf wear to spine and corners, contents clean £30.00
Book #2268
The Guitar and Mandolin
Biographies of Celebrated Players and Composers
Reprint of second edition with new Preface 1972. 388pp, b/w illustrations. Red cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. Boards and corners lightly scuffed, spine a little sunned with shelf wear to top and bottom. Binding tight, contents clean.
Book #1142
Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar Exhibition Catalogue by Darcy Kuronen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 5 November 2000 - 25 February 2001. 223pp, fully illustrated with colour photographs £45.00
Book #1711
Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar Exhibition Catalogue by Darcy Kuronen, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 5 November 2000 - 25 February 2001. 223pp, fully illustrated with colour photographs £32.00 (Paper)
Book #2249
Catalogue of The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments
in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
2nd printing 1970. London Oxford University Press. 54pp plus b/w plates of 44 instruments. Dust jacket worn at edges and spine, minor foxing, binding tight.
Book #2259
The Ancient Music of Ireland dedicated by permission to Her Majesty The Queen 1st edition, Dublin 1840. Arranged for the piano forte. To which is prefixed a Dissertation on the Irish Harp and Harpers, including an account of the Old Melodies (150) of Ireland. 100 + xi + 109pp, small line drawings and vignettes in b/w. Hardback, half green leather & gilt. Corners bumped & leather worn and scuffed in places. Italian end papers; front end papers detached, light foxing throughout. Contents good and clean. After publishing a first volume (1798) and a second volume (1809) Bunting issued his third collection of The Ancient Music of Ireland in 1840. With this final volume Bunting hoped to promote the antiquity not only of the Irish music he had collected, but also of the Irish harp. He also wished to provide "the remaining airs of the collection arranged in true harp style."
Book #1173
Instruments et Musique Instrumentales 1986. 251pp. 24 b/w plates, music examples in text. French text. Out of print. Covers slightly darkened, contents fine. £20.00 (Paper)
Book #2212
La Guitare - The Guitar - La Chitarra
Mirecourt, les Provinces Françaises
Tome II
2011 Tome II. 189pp, colour and b/w plates including full plates containing detailed photos of 45 guitars. Informative descriptions of the makers and their work, high quality printing. French, English and Italian text. Large format
Book #1751
Muziek voor het oog / Music for the eye 2003. This book shows in photographes more than 50 of the best pieces of the music collection of the Gemeentemuseum. The choice includes all sort of musical instruments as well as prints from the 16th to the 19th century. 191pp, colour- and b/w plates. Dutch and English text. £23.00 (Paper)
Dobney Jayson Kerr
Book #2302
Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York Catalogue The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Winter 2011. 48pp, colour- & b/w photos in text.
This publication is issued in conjunction with the exhibition by the same name at the MET , February 9th - July 4th 2011
It shows fine historic examples of plucked strings as well as some bowed strings from the collection in the Museum. It also celebrates & illustrates the work of guitar makers John D'Angelico (1905-1864), James D'Aquisto (1935-1995) and John Monteleone (born 1947).
Appendix 'Collecting fine Italian violins at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (5pp).
Some light shelf wear to front paper cover, contents clean
£20.00 (Paper)
Book #2183
Instruction Book for the Zither, being a concise method for acquiring, without the aid of a Master, a certain proficiency on this fashionable instrument, to which are added Various suitable Progressional Melodies including Sacred, Operatic & Dance Music.
Dedicated, by special Permission, to Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales
Metzler & Co (1920) Ltd. 76pp, 2 plates, 1 fingering chart. Paper covers soiled and lightly worn, damage to spine , contents clean
£10.00 (Paper)
Book #2270
The Art and Times of the Guitar
An Illustrated History of Guitars and Guitarists
Third printing 1971. 340pp, b/w illustrations. Dust jacket: torn and tatty, with some loss. Book: linen boards stained & yellowed at edges, cut edges discoloured not affecting the contents.
Book #2285
Das Musikhistorische Museum zu Kopenhagen
Beschreibender Katalog
Kopenhagen 1911. Deutsch von Erna Bobé, mit 179 Illustrationen. 172pp, b/w illustrations in text, Personenregister & Sachregister. Spine & front cover lightly sunned, small crease in back cover, front cover and half title, binding sound, contents clean. German text
£40.00 (Paper)
Book #2253
Fernando Sor
Composer and Guitarist
1st edition 1977, Tecla Editions, London. 197pp, b/w illustrations.
No dust jacket. Linen boards a little bend, contents clean. Good copy.
Book #2258
Musikhistorisches Museum von Wilhelm Heyer in Cöln
Katalog, zwei Bände
1910 Erster Band: Besaitete Tasteninstrumente - Orgeln und orgelartige Instrumente - Friktionsinstrumente. 478pp.
1912 Zweiter Band: Zupf- und Streichinstrumente. 718pp.
Both volumes with numerous monochrome illustrations, Georg Kinsky, the curator, describes in detail more than 1370 instruments.
Both volumes in original red linen boards with gilt lettering and apart of a small tear (pp144, vol.2) and a small smudge (pp VII, vol 2), in very good condition. A fine copy. German text
Book #1402
Musical Instruments in the 1851 Exhibition 1986. Edited by P. & A. Mactaggart. 109pp, line drawings. £18.00 (Paper)
Book #1414
Die Geigen- und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart der 3.übereinstimmende Auflage, 1922. Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt.,
2 volumes. Volume I. 422pp. plus 98pp. b/w plates, 147 b/w ill. in text. Volume 2: 670pp. including 83pp. facsimiles of makers marks & labels. German text.
Vol 1: small area of damage to front board, corners & edge of spine bumped, light foxing, cut edges darkened, front fly-leaf missing.
Vol 2: small area of damage to front board, spine scuffed and 2 short tears in the leather at top edge, cracked on spine, front fly-leafs detached & creased on lower edge, a little foxing, cut edges darkened
Book #1718
Aux origines de la guitare: la vihuela de mano Les cahiers du musée de la musique 5. ouvrage publié sous la direction de Joël Dugot. 2004. 95pp, colour- & b/w illustrations, line drawings. French text. £30.00 (Paper)
PTUJ Yugoslavia
Book #1504
Glasbila na Ptujskem Gradu; Instrumentarij Salonov ter Mescanskih in Plemiskih Kapel 1994. Catalogue by D. Koter. 113pp, 6 colour plates and numerous b/w illustrations, Yugoslav text £10.00 (Paper)
Book #2265
Sammlung Alter Musikinstrumente bei der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik zu Berlin.
Beschreibender Katalog
Im Verlag von Julius Bard Berlin 1922. VI + 383pp (text) + 50pp (b/w plates). Rebound, brown linen boards with gilt lettering on spine. Small private library? paper label on spine. Corners lightly bumped. German text. A rare book
Book #2251
The Early Guitar
A History and Handbook
1980 Oxford University Press, Early Music Series 4. 176pp, b/w illustrations & music examples in text.
Well used copy with worn covers and heavily annotated in pencil. Discoloured cut edges, a little foxing.
£28.00 (Paper)
Vermillion (SD) USA
Book #1700
Beethoven & Berlioz Paris & Vienna
Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789 - 1848
Catalogue National Music Museum, September 12 - November 2, 2003.
André P. Larson, Ph. D. / John Koster, A. B.
87pp., colour plates.
£20.00 (Paper)
Book #1408
Patents for Inventions: Abridgements of Specifications relating to Music & Musical Instruments, A.D. 1694-1866 1984 Facsimile of 1871 Edition. 520pp. with abridgements of all 740 English patents issued before 1867. £27.00

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