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Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching
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Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching

By Galamian, Ivan

Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962. 1962 First Edition; 1962 printed on title page. NEAR FINE hardcover in GOOD dust jacket. Pages are fresh and fine - no markings, soiling or toning. Firmly bound in dark blue cloth hardcover with title stamped in silver on spine, Galamian's signature blind-stamped on front. Cover a bit crimped at spine ends, otherwise fine. Dust jacket moderately shelf-worn with light surface scuffing and edge wear. There is 3" vertical tear descending from top edge of the front jacket panel with tape repairs made to reverse side of jacket. Jacket is complete, not clipped, though price isn't printed. Jacket is in a clear, archival protector. An invaluable aid to serious students of the violin with tutelage from one of the foremost teachers of violin in the twentieth century. Black and white illustrations of both right and left hand and finger positions plus many musical examples illustrating effective use of various techniques. 8-3/4 x 11-1/2". x + 116 pages, including index.. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good.

$77.90

Stradivari\'s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection
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Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

By Toby Faber

New York: Random House, 2004. 2004 Stated First U.S. Edition and with full printing number line. FINE hardcover in FINE price-intact dust jacket, A fresh, unmarked, unblemished and tightly bound hardcover in bright, colorful jacket, Jacket is in a clear archival protector. Faber's work blends "history, biography, meticulous detective work, and an abiding passion for music..." Illustrated with several black & white drawings and photos, 5-3/4 x 8-1/2". xviii + 280 pages. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$17.05

American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins--the Art and Science of the Violin
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American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins--the Art and Science of the Violin

By Quincy Whitney

Lebanon, NH: ForeEdge, 2016. 2015 First Edition, First Printing with "1" in printing line. FINE in FINE dust jacket. A fresh, crisp copy. No markings or wear. Binding and hinges tight. Dust jacket is clean and complete and is in a clear archival protector. A comprehensive biography of the inspired American luthier, Carleen Hutchins, who created a suite of eight tonally complementary violins ranging in size from an 11-inch treble to a 7-foot contrabass. "In the face of intransigently classical musicians, instrument sellers, and critics, Hutchins, a biologist and skilled wood-worker, married music with acoustics to make a new family of stringed instruments. Leopold Stokowski celebrated her monster viola, Yo-Yo-Ma won a Grammy performing on her vertical viola." (-Sharon Bertsch McGrayne), 6-1/4 x 9-1/4". xix + 290 pages plus 10 pages of black & white photos.. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$49.40

I Don\'t Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America
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I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America

By Zak, Albin

Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010. 2010 First Edition, First printing with "1" in printing line. FINE in VERY GOOD+ dust jacket. A crisp, clean, totally unmarked copy, tightly bound in hardcover gray paper over boards with black cloth gilt-titled spine. Jacket is near fine; some rubbing to back panel with small scratches to bottom right corner near barcode. No tears, creases of chips. 6-1/4 x 9-1/4". x + 308 pages. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good.

$42.75

Tommy and Jimmy: The Dorsey Years
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Tommy and Jimmy: The Dorsey Years

By Sanford, Herb; [Crosby, Bing - Introduction]

New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House Publishers, 1972. 1972 First Edition, printing unstated. NEAR FINEin VERY GOOD price-intact, dust jacket. A clean, totally unmarked and firmly bound hardcover. Pages crisp and fine. Green hardcover is clean, slightly color faded at edges and there is a slight lean, or cock to the spine, otherwise fine. Dust jacket is clean and complete with price on flap, lightly rubbed at edges with bit of short tearing, chipping at spine ends, corner tips. Illustrated with B/W photos and Introduction by Bing Crosby. Binding is strong, hinges tight. 6 x 9-1/4"; 305 pages.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good.

$15.20

How Many Strads? Our Heritage From the Master
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How Many Strads? Our Heritage From the Master

By Doring, Ernest N.

Chicago: William Lewis & Son, 1945. 1945 First Edition, Limited to 1400 copies of which this is number 1293. Author inscribed in blue pen on first blank page, "To our esteemed colleague Hans Nebel, Esq. with warm regards. Ernest N. Doring." (Hans Nebel Sr. - a renowned violin maker). VERY GOOD+ hardcover bound in red leatherette with gilt and black stamping on spine and front cover, red endpapers. Other than the inscription and penned limitation number, the book is unmarked. Publisher's Errata Sheet is tipped onto the second blank page. Pages are fresh and clean; the top edge brightly gilt. There is faint scuff to the front pasted endpaper, likely from a removed bookplate. The cover is lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, but is otherwise clean and fine, the stamping bright and strong. Binding is firm and straight. There is a slipcase (stiff boards covered in pale or faded red paper) but it is in poor/fair condition as masking tape was used to hold the joints together and covers the entire spine and most of edges. It still does a good job protecting the book. In honor of Stradivarius's tercentenary, Doring created this carefully researched history of the maker and compilation of surviving instruments. It is printed on fine cream-colored coated paper with carefully printed black and white photographs of dozens of violins as well as four violas, twelve cellos, 1 viola da gamba, one violini-piccolo and four violins by sons of Stradivarius. Included is a summary of his works, a bibliography and an index. 8 x 10-3/4". 379 pages. Signed by Author. First Edition Limited. Hardcover. Very Good+/Not Issued.

$375.25

Vieuxtemps
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Vieuxtemps

By Ginsburg, Lev; Levin, I. (Translation)

Neptune City, NJ: Paganiniana Publications, Inc, 1984. 1984 English-language edition (translated from Russian by I. Levin). NEAR FINE hardcover, (issued without a jacket). The only marking is a 1992 gift inscription on the front free endpaper (to Steve Wernick-possibly the violinist), no other markings. A crisp, clean and firmly bound copy. Pages fine. Hardcover of pictorial paper over boards with glossy lamination is near fine. There are a couple light rub marks on rear cover; otherwise cover is clean and fine. Binding and hinges firm, intact and straight. A well-written illustrated biography of Henri Vieuxtemps, the influential nineteenth-century violinist and composer. Illustrated with black & white reproductions, archival photos as well as many musical examples. 8-1/2 x 11-1/4". 190 pages. First American Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Not Issued.

$45.60

Known Violin Makers
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Known Violin Makers

By Fairfield, John H.

Self-published, 1973. Originally published in 1942, this copy is from the 1973 reissue. NEAR FINE hardcover. (No jacket issued.) A fresh, clean, unmarked and firmly bound copy. Pages crisp and fine, blue cloth hardcover is gilt-titled on front and spine. There are a half-a-dozen small light spots to front cover, light rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, otherwise fine. Binding and hinges tight and straight, Includes an essay "Violin Reminiscences"; chapters on selection and care of the instrument; chapters with alphabetically arranged information on American and European makers as well as an Appendix on (then) contemporary Italian makers and a supplementary Appendix on 1973 pricing updates. 6 x 9-1/4". xiv + 201 pages. Reissue. Hardcover. Near Fine/Not Issued.

$17.58

How to Repair Violins and Other Musical Instruments
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How to Repair Violins and Other Musical Instruments

By Common, Alfred F.

London: William Reeves NEAR FINE hardcover. Edition undated (the book was originally published in the early 1900s, this is a more recent facsimile). A clean, unmarked and tightly bound copy. Pages fresh and fine. Small abrasion to top corner of front free endpaper. Bound in green cloth hardcover titled in black on spine. Binding and hinges firm and straight. The first chapter is dedicated to the violin, the second chapter to bows. Other instruments included are guitar, banjo, mandolin, melodeon, concertina, brass and woodwinds, and musical boxes. Illustrated with black & white line drawings. 5 x 7-1/2". [viii] + 47 text pages plus 46-page publisher catalog bound at end of book (also early 1900s) which is quite interesting.. Reprint. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket.

$16.15

The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762)
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The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762)

By Hill, William Henry; Hill, Arthur F.; Hill, Alfred Ebsworth

Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1989. 1989 Reissue of the 1931 edition published by William E. Hill and Sons. VERY GOOD large-format softcover. A clean, unmarked and well-bound copy. Pages are fresh and near fine. Paper cover lightly edge rubbed, a few light finger-dents, and a couple of small spottings to back cover; no tears or chips. Binding tight and very sturdy. Illustrated with 133 photographs (instruments as well as documents) of which 16 are in color. There are 5 Appendixes and an Index. 8-3/8 x 11-3/4". 272 pages. Reissue. Paperback. Very Goodf.

$18.95

The Dr. Herbert Axelrod Stradivari Quartet
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The Dr. Herbert Axelrod Stradivari Quartet

By Francais, Jacques

Neptune City, NJ: Paganiniana Publications, Inc, 1985. 1985 First Edition. NEAR FINE hardcover. (A jacket was not issued.) A clean, totally unmarked and firmly bound copy. Generously illustrated with color photographs of the instruments, printed on fine glossy paper. The book is bound in a hardcover of color illustrated paper with a gloss lamination over boards. Pages pristine. Slight rubbing to cover laminate, cover otherwise fine. Binding and hinges secure and straight. Historical background (including reproductions of documents pertinent to provenance) and physical descriptions of this quartet of magnificent Stradivarius instruments: the Greffuhle violin, the Ole Bull violin, the Herbert Axelrod viola and the Marylebone cello. Axelrod donated the quartet to the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. 8-1/2 x 11-1/4". 48 pages. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Not Issued. Illus. by Francais, Isabelle (photographer).

$55.10

A Treatise on The Structure and 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
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A Treatise on The Structure and 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

By Otto, Jacob Augustus; Bishop, John (Translator)

London: William Reeves Undated, circa early 1900s.. Enlarged Fourth Edition of the English translation of the famed luthier's treatise. GOOD+ hardcover, no jacket. This copy has the owner signature on the front free endpaper: "William L. Monical" the renowned luthier. The book appears to have been a reference book in Mr. Monical's library. It is protected in a clear acetate wrapper (as shown in photo), and there are several very neatly penned annotations in the text - including precise underlinings, a few asterisks and small written notations. Pages are otherwise clean and bright - in very good condition. Green cloth hardcover is very good - well protected by the acetate wrapper. The wrapper was taped to the endpapers to hold it in place and tape has yellowed and stained the paper. Binding and hinges are firm and straight. Jacob Augustus Otto (1762-1830) is noted for adding the 6th and lowest string to the guitar. Otto's treatise on the violin is accompanied by 5 interesting appendices (including one on mutes and "fiddle-holders" - the latter were early chin rests), 3 pages of drawings and an index. Publisher's 48-page music catalog included at end of book. 5 x 7-1/2". vii + 91 pages plus catalog.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$22.80

Violin Tone-Peculiarities
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Violin Tone-Peculiarities

By Castle, Frederick

Arthur, IL: Echo, 1988. FINE 1988 reprint, a carefully produced facsimile of the 1906 first edition of Frederick Castle's insights, based on more than 50 years' experience working with violins - repairing, analyzing and experimenting with tone. This is a fresh copy from the library of the James Parsley, the man who organized this reprint (identified by a round blind embossed stamp to title page and last leaf). No other markings. The book is firmly bound in a taupe paper cover with title printed in black on the front. Pages and cover are fine; no tears, chips or creases. James Parsley was a member of the traditional country music group "The Kentucky Echoes" and of the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association. He resurrected this work when he found a fragile copy of the book in a garage sale. He recognized the value of Castle's treatise and organized this reprint. A few of the subjects covered: Violin Sounding-Board Wood; Disintegration of Interior Surfaces; Varnish; Tone Modifiers; Tone Character; Evenness of Violin Tone Power; and The Fraudulent Violin Builder. Photos of both Mr. Parsley and Frederick Castle are included. 5-1/4 x 8". [xii] + facsimile 307 pages. Reprint. Soft Cover. Fine.

$37.05

Szigeti on the Violin
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Szigeti on the Violin

By Szigeti, Joseph

New York & London: Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers, 1970. 1970 First American Edition (1969 copyright held by Zigeti). FINE in NEAR FINE price-intact dust jacket. A clean, unmarked and tightly bound copy. Pages pristine as is the dark blue cloth hardcover with bright gilt titling stamped on spine. Unclipped jacket is crisp, clean and compete with minimal edge rub, no tears, chips or creases. Jacket is in a new, removable archival protector. Binding and hinges firm and straight. Szigeti provides invaluable insights and historical context on varied topics, encompassing fingering and left hand technic, bowings , use of vibrato, tone and coloration, tempo, choice of grip and strings and more. Illustrated with many musical examples. 7 x 9-1/4". x + 234 pages including Index.. First Edition. Half-Leather. Fine/Near Fine.

$46.55

Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
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Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education

By Suzuki, Shinichi; Suzuki, Waltrand (Translator)

Miami, FL: Summy-Birchard Inc./Warner Bros. Publications, 1983. 1983 Edition. VERY GOOD+ soft cover. A clean, unmarked copy. Pages crisp and fine. Paper cover lightly shelf rubbed but clean - no tears or chips, price intact on back cover. Binding firm. The teaching philospophy of one of the most influential violin teachers of the late twentieth century. The Suzuki method has successfully introduced tens of thousand of children to the pleasure of playing music, and remains a popular method today. Illustrated with 4 pages of black & white photos. 5-1/4 x 8".[viii] + 108 pages.. Second Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good+.

$8.50

The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri Quartet in Conversation with David Blum
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The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri Quartet in Conversation with David Blum

By Blum, David

New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1986. 1986 Stated First Edition. NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD price intact dust jacket. Top page edge has a short remainder in red marker, no other markings. Pages are crisp and fine. Hardcover of light violet-blue boards with black cloth spine is gilt-titled on spine and front. Slight marginal color fade and tiny bump to top front corner, otherwise fine. Binding and hinges firm and straight. Unclipped jacket lightly rubbed with three tiny closed edge tears; no chips or creases. Jacket is in a new clear archival protector. David Blum interviews members of the famed quartets for insights into the chemistry, technical and interpretative considerations to a successful combination of four voices. Discography, Glossary and Index included. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2". xiii + 252 pages. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good.

$18.95

The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination
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The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination

By Guerrieri, Matthew

New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2012. 2012 Stated First Edition. FINE in NEAR FINE dust jacket. A clean, totally unmarked and tightly bound copy. Pages and light brown hardcover are fresh and unblemished. Binding and hinges tight and straight. Jacket is clean with one tiny nick to front spine fold; font flap price clipped. An enjoyable exploration of the influences the legendary Fifth Symphony has exerted over two centuries as well as possible sources that inspired those revolutionary first four notes. 5-7/8 x 8-1/2". xiii + 359 pages.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine.

$11.40

The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument
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The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument

By Schoenbaum, David

New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. 2103 Stated First Edition, First Printing (printing line begins with "1".) FINE in NEAR FINE price intact dust jacket. As good as new: a crisp, clean copy. No markings, no wear to pages or hardcover. Binding and hinges firm and straight. Unclipped jacketis clean and bright; light surface rub but no tears or chips and in a clear archival protector. 6-1/4 x 9-1/2". xxvi + 710 pages plus 16 pages of photos (Color and B&W). First Edition. Hard Cover. Fiine/Near Fine.

$37.05

The Science of Violin Playing with Master Class Concerto Editions of  Mendelssohn, Mozart, Glazunov, Etc
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The Science of Violin Playing with Master Class Concerto Editions of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Glazunov, Etc

By Bronstein, Raphael

Neptune City, NJ: Paganiniana Publications, Inc, 1977. 1977 First Edition. NEAR FINE hardcover. (No jacket issued.) A crisp, clean, totally unmarked copy. Pages fine. Bound in russet cloth hardcover with gilt-stamped titles on spine and front cover. Cover is fresh with only a hint of edge wear. Binding and hinges firm, intact and straight. Bronstein begins with discussions on intonation, right and left-hand technique, and interpretation, then presents detailed insights, at a Master Class level, on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto in D, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28, Glazunov's Concerto in A minor, Chausson's Poeme, Sibelius' Concerto in D minor, and Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D. Musical scores are meticulously noted with fingerings, bowings and dynamics. A unique opportunity for players to learn from one of the most influential teachers in the history of the violin. 8-1/2 x 11-1/4". 176 pages.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Not Issued.

$707.75

Violin-Making As It Was, and Is. Being a Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Treatise
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Violin-Making As It Was, and Is. Being a Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Treatise

By Heron-Allen, Ed

London: Ward Lock, Limited, 1991. 1991 printing of Edward Heron-Allen's classic treatise written for both amateur and professional violin makers and players. FINE in VERY GOOD dust jacket. A clean, totally unmarked and tightly bound copy. Complete with 3 fold-out templates in fine condition. One leaf in book rumpled, all others, pages fine. Bound in red hardcover, title gilt-stamped on spine. Cover is fresh and unworn. Light blue jacket is clean and complete , light edge wear and two short closed edge tears. Jacket is in a clear archival protector. Binding and hinges tight and straight. 5-1/2 x 8-7/8"; [xxii] + 366 pages. Reprint. Hard Cover. Fiine/Very Good. 8vo.

$45.60

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