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Books on Music

A full range of books on music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, including mostly first and early editions, with emphasis on books on musical instruments (especially the violin family), 19th century biographies and difficult-to-find reference material - dictionaries, thematic catalogues and scholarly works in all areas. Many of the books are in fine bindings.

Abele, Hyacinth, and Friedrich Niederheitmann

The Violin: Its History & Construction, Illustrated & Described, From Many Sources, Together With A List Of Italian And Tyrolese Violin Makers, 29 Illustrations And A Folding Example Of The First Music For Lute, Fiddle And Voice.

Translated by John Broadhouse. William Reeves: London, n.d. Small Octavo. 151 pp. Cloth. Good condition.
Bookplate of Rudolph Wurlitzer
BKS-07474$35
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Abele, Hyacinth, and Friedrich Niederheitmann

The Violin: Its History & Construction, Illustrated & Described, From Many Sources, Together With A List Of Italian And Tyrolese Violin Makers, 29 Illustrations And A Folding Example Of The First Music For Lute, Fiddle And Voice.

Translated by John Broadhouse. William Reeves: London, n.d. Small Octavo. 151 pp. Cloth. Very good condition.BKS-09491$30
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Alton, Robert

Violin Making And Repairing.

Cassell & Co: London, 1923. Small Octavo. 152 pp. Wrappers. Top and bottom of spine lightly frayed, otherwise very good condition.
Considered one of the most important works on the contruction and repairing of violins.
BKS-05015$35
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Anderson, Marian (1897 [1902?]-1993)

My Lord, What A Morning: An Autobiography By Marian Anderson.

Viking Press: New York, 1956. Christian Herald's Family Bookshelf Edition. Octavo. 312 pp. Cloth. D/j chipped, otherwise fine.BKS-09650$25
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Arteaga, Esteban (1747-1799)

Le Rivoluzioni Del Teatro Musicale Italiano Dalla Sua Origine Fino Al Presente Opera.

C. Trenti: Bologna, 1783-88. First Edition. Small Octavo. Three Volumes: 411 pp., 214 pp., 207 pp. Early half calf with decorated paper board. Spines slightly worn, otherwise sound, clean copy.BKS-04617$400
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Auer, Leopold

Violin Playing As I Teach It.

Frederick A. Stokes: New York, 1921. First Edition, sixth printing. Octavo. 225 pp. Cloth with inlaid photograph. Very good condition.BKS-07461$40
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Auer, Leopold

Violin Playing As I Teach It.

Frederick A. Stokes: New York, 1921. First Edition, first issue. Octavo. 225 pp. Cloth with inlaid photograph. Very good, several light pencil markings.BKS-07462$35
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Azzolina, Umberto

Liuteria Italiana Dell'ottocento E Del Novocento.

Casa Editrice Ceschina: Milan, 1964. First Edition. Large Quarto. 64 pp. of text. 105 color plates, all with 3 views. Wrappers, with d/j. Fine (wraps just starting).
Ex Wurlitzer copy with signature of Lee Wurlitzer on first blank.
BKS-07476$350
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Azzolina, Umberto

Liuteria Italiana Dell'ottocento E Del Novocento.

Casa Editrice Ceschina: Milan, 1964. First Edition. Large Quarto. 64 pp. of text. 105 color plates, all with 3 views. Wrappers, in slipcase. Fine (upper part of wraps just starting).BKS-09489$350
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Bachmann, Alberto

An Encyclopedia Of The Violin.

Translation by Frederick H. Martens. Introduction by Eugene Ysa˙e. Edited by Albert E. Wier. D. Appleton-Century: New York, 1937. Octavo. 470 pp. Extensive illustrations & music examples. Cloth. Very good condition.BKS-05022$50
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Bachmann, Alberto

Les Grands Violinistes Du Passé.

Librairie Fischbacher: Paris, 1913. Folio. 468 pp. on coated paper. Extensive illustrations, fold-out plates & music examples. Modern buckram binding with the original covers bound in. Minor repair to top of bound-in original cover, otherwise fine.
This impressive and rare volume was Josef Gingold's copy with his name gold-stamped on cover (also inscribed to him by Stefan Sopkin 1944 and additionally a note to Gingold tipped in by a student who had it bound for his 80th birthday in 1989).
BKS-05023$1200
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Bagnoli, Giorgio

La Scala Encyclopedia Of The Opera.

Translated by Graham Fawcett. Simon & Schuster: New York, 1993. Quarto. 398 pp. B/w & color plates. Buckram with d/j. Fine condition.BKS-05012$35
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Memorie Storico-critiche Della Vita E Delle Opere

Baini, Giuseppe

PALESTRINA: Memorie Storico-critiche Della Vita E Delle Opere Di Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina.

Societa tipografica: Rome, 1828. First Edition. Quarto. Two volumes bound in one: Vol. 1: 377 pp.; Vol. 2: 440 pp. + 22 pp. Index + 2 pp. list of Palestrina's works. Frontispiece portrait of Palestrina. Three-quarter red morocco with red leather boards and blue marbled end papers. Spine with raised bands, embossed gold decorative stamps and leather label. On nice wove paper with wide margins. Covers a little spotted and shelfworn, internally excellent and crisp.
Giuseppe Baini (1775–1844) joined the Sistine Chapel Choir in 1795 and served as its director and archivist until his death. His Memorie of Palestrina was the first biography of a Renaissance composer. He considered Palestrina not only the master of counterpoint but the "savior of Church music".
A beautiful copy of the scarce first edition.
BKS-13327$400
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Balfoort, Dirk J. (1886-1964)

Antonius Stradivarius.

Translated by W.A.G. Doyle-Davidson. Continental Book Company: Stockholm, c. 1950. Quarto. 60 pp. 33 illustations. Boards. Spine chipped, cover a little warped, otherwise fine.
Ex-libris Josef Gingold, with his stamp on the title page.
BKS-07468$45
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Balfoort, Dirk J. (1886-1964)

Antonius Stradivarius.

Translated by W.A.G. Doyle-Davidson. Continental Book Company: Stockholm, c. 1950. Quarto. 60 pp. 33 illustations. Boards. Boards warped & lower spine missing.BKS-09487$25
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Balfoort, Dirk J. (1886-1964)

Antonius Stradivarius.

Translated by W.A.G. Doyle-Davidson. Continental Book Company: Stockholm, c. 1950. Quarto. 60 pp. 33 illustations. Boards. Upper spine missing, cover warped, otherwise fine.BKS-09488$20
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Ballantine, Bill

The Violin, An Introduction To The Instrument.

Franklin Watts: New York, 1971. First Edition. Octavo. 127 pp. Extensive b&w illustrations. Boards. As new.BKS-09924$20
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Ballets Russes

BALLETS RUSSES

Pozharskaya, M. N.

The Russian Seasons In Paris: Sketches Of The Scenery And Costumes 1908-1929.

Iskusstvo Art Publishers: Moscow, 1988. First Edition. Oblong Folio. 299 pp. plus extensive commentary and appendices, artist portraits and biographies, lists of operas and ballets, etc. Glossy color photos and illustrations throughout. Blue ribbed linen boards with embossed decoration and black linen spine with gilt titles. In original slip case. A fine copy.
A magnificent production with extensive text in both Russian and English, documenting the history of Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" in Paris. This extraordinary undertaking aimed to bring to Europe all that Russia had achieved in music, choreography and painting. Several leading non-Russian artists collaborated as well including Matisse, Rouault, Cocteau and Picasso to mention only a few. This lovely book gloriously re-captures the inspiration of those years with an unprecedented assemblage of stage and costume designs by all the leading exponents of the time, as well as an annotated list of the seasons that were to have such an explosive impact on Western stage design in the years to come.
BKS-10855$250
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Baruzzi, Arnaldo

La Casa Nuziale: The Home Of Antonio Stadivari, 1667-1680.

Translated by Desmond Hill. W.E. Hill & Sons: London, 1962. Small Quarto. 85 pp. Extensive b&w plates of documents, maps, instruments from this period etc. Cloth. Very good condition.BKS-05026$35
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BAYREUTH FESTIVAL

Bayreuth: The Early Years, An Account Of The Wagner Festival 1876-1914, As Seen By Celebrated Visitors & Participants.

Robert Hartford, ed. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1980. Large Octavo. 284 pp. Multiple plates. Gold-stamped purple buckram. As new.BKS-09624$40
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Beethoven Letters In America

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Beethoven Letters In America.

Edited by O.G. Sonneck. The Beethoven Association: New York, 1927. Folio. 213 pp. Beige buckram boards.
An unusual and beautifully compiled book to commemorate the centennial of Beethoven's death. With a 17-page forward written by the then head of the chief of the Music Division of the Library of Congress. 23 facsimile letters tipped in, many foldout, with the letters transcribed in German and with translations and commentary in English.
BKS-13061$375
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Bein, Robert, and Geoffrey FUSHI

The "Primrose": Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1697.

Bein & Fushi, Inc: Chicago, 1983. No. 392 of 750. Quarto. 21 pp. 5 color plates. Half-leather, gold-stamped linen boards. As new.BKS-07968$100
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Bekker, Paul (1882-1937)

Wagner: Das Leben Im Werke.

Deutsche Verlags: Berlin, 1924. Quarto. 588 pp. Cloth. Minor scratches on cover, otherwise fine.BKS-05275$40
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Berr, Albert

Geigengeschichten: Erinnerungen Und Notizen.

Atlantis Verlag: Zürich, 1949. Octavo. 191 pp. Cloth with d/j. Very good condition.BKS-05029$45
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Biddulph, Peter

The Violin Masterpieces Of Guarneri Del Gesù: An Exhibition At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Commemorating The 250th Anniversary Of The Maker's Death.

Peter Biddulph: London, 1994. Quarto. 71 pp. Wrappers. BKS-12615$65
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Bispham, David (1857-1921)

A Quaker Singer's Recollections.

Macmillan: New York, 1920. Octavo. 401 pp. Frontispiece portrait. Plates. Cloth. Some pages loose, otherwise fine condition.BKS-00119$40
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Blunt, Wilfrid

John Christie Of Glyndebourne.

Theatre Arts Books: New York, 1968. Octavo. 303 pp. Plates. Buckram with d/j. As new.BKS-04978$15
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Gabinetto Armonico Pieno D'istromenti Sonori Indicati

Bonanni, Filippo

Gabinetto Armonico Pieno D'Istromenti Sonori Indicati, Spiegeti, Et Di Nuovo Corretti, Et Accresciuti.

Nella Stamperia di Giorgio Placho, Intagliatore, e Gettatore de'Caratteri a S. Marco: Rome, 1723 [1722]. First Edition, second issue. Small Quarto (9" H X 6.50" W). Half-title frontispiece missing, engraving of King David with harp by Arnold Van Westerhout after Stefano Spargioni, 177 pp. and 152 plates as issued ( including fold-out plate XXXIII). Early 19th-century quarter-mottled calf with marbled boards. A few plates professionally repaired, some faint foxing and toning with occasional light soiling. Despite these imperfections, overall a very nice copy.
Instrument plates: 1-12; 13/14 (one plate); 15-29; extra plate also marked "29" but a different image and instrument, after p. 72; 30-48; extra plate, not numbered, facing p. 94; 49-78; extra plate also marked "78" but a different image and instrument, after p. 118; 79-103; extra plate, not numbered, facing p. 138; 104-148. The four-page "Indice delle materie" appears as pp. 167-170, prior to plate CXXXVII.
Bonanni was an Italian Jesuit scholar of many talents. He developed his own microscopes, was an accomplished engraver and published works on many different subjects, ranging from music to anatomy to shell collecting.

The plates in this beautifully-illustrated and famous book include illustrious known instruments such as the Verospi organ in Rome (the fold-out plate) as well as others that were "highly imaginative". Charming inaccuracies might be forgiven in this early attempt to describe and illustrate every known musical instrument including those from America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, most of which the author had never seen.

Because of the collectability of the individual plates, it is increasingly rare to find a good complete copy.

BKS-04668$4800
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Bonaventura, Arnaldo (1901-1908)

Niccolò Paganini.

A.F. Formíggini: Modena, 1923. Third edition. 16mo. 96 pp. Frontispiece portrait. Wrappers. Cover detached, evenly browned, splitting at center signature, but a very nice, unopened copy.BKS-05030$35
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Borras, Jose Garcia

Pablo Casals - Peregrino En America.

Mexico, 1957. First Edition. Large Octavo. 349 pp. Extensive b&w illustrations. Cloth boards with gold stamping. Excellent condition.BKS-09922$75
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Bouvier, René

Farinelli: Le Chanteur Des Rois.

Éditions Albin Michel: Paris, 1943. Octavo. 284 pp. Plates. Wrappers. Spine chipped at both ends, otherwise good condition.BKS-04984$45
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Boyden, David D.

The History Of Violin Playing From Its Origins To 1761 And Its Relationship To The Violin And Violin Music.

Oxford University Press: London, 1965. Quarto. 569 pp. Color frontispiece; the earliest painting showing a violin. 40 plates. Cased with recording. Slight tear in d/j, otherwise as new.
An important basic reference work on the violin. Examples of the 'old' violin sound compared to the 'new' are provided on a phonograph record.
BKS-05032$135
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Boyden, David D.

The Hill Collection Of Musical Instruments In The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Oxford University Press: London, 1969. Deluxe edition. Small Quarto. 51 pp. of text; 44 pp. of illustrations. Red half leather with green cloth, boxed. As new.BKS-09931$300
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Briggs, John

Requiem For A Yellow Brick Brewery: A History Of The Metropolitan Opera.

Little, Brown & Company: Boston, 1969. Large Octavo. 359 pp. Many photos including frontispiece. Cloth. D/j slightly worn, otherwise fine.BKS-04941$25
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Burney, Charles (1726-1814)

A General History Of Music, From The Earliest Ages To The Present Period.

tEST. Printed for the Author: London, 1789. Second edition of vol. I, First Edition of vols. 2. Large Quarto. 4 vols. Full morocco. Gilt spine. Top edge gilt. BKS-13556(Please Inquire for Price)
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Carpani, Giuseppe

Le Rossiniane Ossia Lettere Musico-Teatrali Di Giuseppe Carpani.

Tipografia della Minerva: Padua, 1824. Octavo. 230 pp. Frontispiece portrait. Quarter-leather with marbled boards, leather label. Covers rubbed, corners bumped, spine slightly chipped, otherwise solid and very good.BKS-04900$600
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La Danza In Italia, 1500-1900

Carrieri, Raffaele

La Danza In Italia, 1500-1900.

Editoriale Domus: Milan, 1946. First Edition. Number 866 of 994 copies. Folio. 119 pp. Brown cloth binding with decorative white stamping. Spine top and bottom a little chipped but overall very good.
An exceptionally handsome book and a tribute to the history of dance in Italy.
BKS-10788$150
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Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)

How To Sing.

The Opera Box: Brooklyn, n.d. Reprint. Small Octavo. 61 pp. Frontispiece portrait. Decorated boards (clear plastic d/j). As new.BKS-09642$12
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Christen, Ernest

Ysa˙e. Preface De Jaques-Dalcroze.

Editions Labor et Fides: Geneva, 1946. Octavo. 228 pp. 9 plates. Front cover and spine missing, back cover detached; internally fine.BKS-09564$40
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Clarke, A. Mason

Fiddlers Ancient And Modern: A Biographical Dictionary Of Fiddlers, Including Performers On The Violincello And Double Bass.

William Reeves: London, c. 1895. Small Octavo. 360 pp. Frontispiece bust portrait of Paganini. B/w portraits. Cloth. Front cover soiled, otherwise very good condition.
Bookplate of Rudolph H. Wurlitzer.
BKS-05042$65
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Clarke, A. Mason

The Violin And Old Violin Makers, Being A Historical & Biographical Account Of The Violin, With Facsimiles Of Labels Of The Old Makers.

William Reeves: London, c. 1933. Reprint of 1909 edition. Small Octavo. 120 pp. Includes 48-page catalogue: Reeves' Musical Literature List, Catalogue B. Cloth. Very good.BKS-05043$40
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Clarke, A. Mason

The Violin And Old Violin Makers, Being A Historical & Biographical Account Of The Violin, With Facsimiles Of Labels Of The Old Makers.

William Reeves: London, c. 1933. Reprint of 1909 edition. Small Octavo. 120 pp. + 47 pp Reeves Catalog. Includes 48-page catalogue: Reeves' Musical Literature List, Catalogue B. Frontispiece picture of an Ole Bull Gasparo da Salo. Paper boards. Taped spine, otherwise very good.BKS-07471$35
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Palestrina

Coates, Henry

Palestrina.

J.M. Dent: (The Master Musicians) London, 1948. Octavo. 243 pp. Cloth with d/j. D/j chipped.BKS-04571$75
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Cone, John Frederick

Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company.

University of Oklahoma Press: Norman, OK, 1966. Octavo. 399 pp. Many photographs. Cloth. Very good condition.BKS-04956$25
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Corredor, Jose Maria

Conversations With Casals.

E. P. Dutton: New York, 1956. First Edition. Octavo. 240 pp. Cloth boards. Fine.BKS-09565$25
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The Lyrics Of Noël Coward

Coward, Noël (1899-1973)

The Lyrics Of Noël Coward.

Overlook Press: Woodstock NY, 1973. First Edition. Small Quarto. 418 pp. Black buckram with minor spotting. Cover a little soiled from top to bottom from shelf wear. Original dustjacket with small tears at top of spine, corners slightly rubbed and waterstain on back left corner; inside tight and clean, overall fine.BKS-12664$10
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Cowling, Elizabeth

The Cello.

Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1975. Octavo. 224 pp. 28 plates of instruments, musical examples, 3 diagrams of the cello. Boards with D/J. As new.BKS-09919$50
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CREMONA

Liuteria Classica: Un Metodo; Stradivari E La Scuola Cremonese, La Bottega Del Liutaio, Dall'alberto Al Violino, Otto Capolavori.

Teatro alla Scala: Milan, 1980. Large Octavo. 68 pp. Illustrated throughout: maps, instruments, labels, etc. Stiff wrappers. As new.
In Italian and English
BKS-07576$45
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CREMONA

4a Triennale Internazionale Degli Strumenti Ad Arco.

Centro Culturale Città di Cremona: Cremona, 1985. Quarto. 84 pp. 140 black and white illustrations. Decorative paper binding. BKS-13990$35
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D'Auvergne, Edmund B.

Lola Montez: An Adventuress Of The 'Forties.

T. Werner Laurie: London, n.d. Second impression. Small Quarto. 375 pp. Frontispiece portrait. Cloth. Fine.BKS-04287$40
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