1945 Musical Instruments Historic, Rare, and Unique
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
'Musical Instruments' looks at rare and historic instruments that are all beautiful and significant in their own ways. Including information of Queen Mary's Harp, Queen Elizabeth's Virginal and Lute, Viola da Gamba, The Empress Harpsichord, Indian Drums, and Marimba of South Africa. Alfred James Hipkins was a musicologist, rising through the ranks from an apprentice piano tuner to a 'senior workman' in a just a few years. He was known for his performances of Chopin's music. He wrote for various periodicals, and had an extensive collection of antique instruments. With a frontispiece and a further forty-seven coloured plates throughout. Illustrated by William Gibb, who was known for his watercolours and was commissioned to produce work representing the relics of the House of Stuart. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'S. D. Freer, Oakham, May 1945, Love from Tom'. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and spine. Externally, smart. A little marking and rubbing to the boards, causing some discolouration, mostly to the rear of the boards. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'S. D. Freer, Oakham, May 1945, Love from Tom'. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean, with the odd scattered spot throughout, mostly to the first few pages.
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