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Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Handbook Series) [Paperback]

Ashmolean Museum , Jon Whiteley
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1 Feb 2009 Ashmolean Handbook Series
The Ashmolean's collection of European stringed instruments is not large but it is very famous. Several of the instruments in the Ashmolean are among the rarest and most beautiful of their kind and most are, in some way, exceptional. The collection was founded on a group of instruments which was given to the museum by the firm of W.E. Hill & Sons in 1939 and has since been increased by two bequests and by an important group of bows and instruments given by Albert Cooper in 1999. The firm of W.E. Hill & Sons was founded in 1880 and by the early 20th century the firm had achieved an unrivalled reputation in making, restoring, and selling stringed instruments.In the course of handling and repairing instruments, the Hills became increasingly aware of the damage that was being inflicted on early viols and violins by constant playing and repeated restoration. This concern gave rise to the idea of donating a select group of rare instruments to a museum where they would be preserved from further harm, and the first instruments were handed over in 1939. The present handbook discusses and illustrates every stringed instrument in the collection and is chiefly intended for the many visitors to the Hill Collection and for the wider public who might wish for more information about the instruments and some background history.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Ashmolean Museum (1 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854442007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854442000
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good when you can get it. 11 July 2013
I ordered this in March, but have just cancelled my order because ever since then the Amazon site has read, "Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information."

I visited the Ashmolean today and found it in stock there, reprinted in 2013, with the revised title,"Stringed Instruments" and a different cover, but the same book (and same ISBN).

It has good photos of Viols, the Violin Family, Citterns and Guitars, each with a brief fairly nontechnical account of each of them. A very nice publication for someone with a keen amateur interest in early instruments, but not detailed enough for the specialist.
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