Lutherie Books

Rare, out of print, secondhand (and a few new) books on violin makers and violin making. Contact us on with details of the book you are looking for and we will get back to you with availability and price- no obligation.


Over 250 books in stock. Condition is very good or better unless stated. I try to update every other week or so.

A selection is given here:


Sale after the Death of J.B. Vuillaume. Facsimile of the 1880 auction catalogue in French of  items from J.B. Vuillaume's workshop. £20.00

 Antonio Stradivari His Life and Work, London, W.E. Hill & Sons, 1902. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket.  First edition, 4to (292 x 206mm.) 31 plates, mostly in colour, captioned tissue-guards, numerous illustrations in the text. Original vellum-backed green cloth with Stradivari coat-of-arms in red and gilt to upper cover. £325.00

The Violin-makers of the Guarneri Family, London W. E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. xxxvii, 181pp; 14 col plates, 44 photogravure plates + text ills, appendices. Or green/gray cloth with wide vellum spine (quarter vellum); coloured armorial on front cover; top edge gilt. £325.00

The 1690 "Tuscan" Stradivari violin in the Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Scrollavezza & Zanré SOLD

The Girolamo Amati Viola in the Galleria Estense, Scrollavezza & Zanré SOLD

Antonio Stradivari His Life and Work, W.E. Hill & Sons 1980 £95.00

The Violin-makers of the Guarneri Family, Guarneri, W.E. Hill & Sons 1980 £95.00

W.E. Hill & Sons: Violin makers, 1880-1936, Basford & Toft £95.00

W.E. Hill & Sons: Violin makers, 1880-1936, Basford & Toft deluxe edition £275.00

I Violoncelli di Antonio Stradivari, CLASC , 2004 £195.00

Edward Withers Ltd, Whone, 1996 £35.00

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, A., A., and W. Henry Hill, Holland Press, 1965

  (Dedication from, and signed by, Malcolm Sadler, with Dollin and Sadler stamp) £60.00

G.B. Guadagnini e gli Interpreti del  Novecento, Accorneo et alia, 2008 (Italian and English) £260.00

Carlo Bergonzi: Alla scoperta di un grande Maestro, Cremona 2010, (Italian and English) SOLD

I Segreti di Sgarabotto, Scrollavezza and Zanre, 2020, £300.00

Walter H. Mayson: A Celebrated Violin Maker, Meredith Morris, 1906. £30.00

The Voller Brothers, B.V.M.A., SOLD


The Henry Hottinger Collection, Rembert Wurlitzer Incorporated, 1967 £75.00

Loan Exhibition Stringed Instruments and Bows, New York City, 1966 £90.00

Old Violins Collection 1896-97 with Historical Sketches, Lyon & Healy, 1896 (tear to cover) £55.00

The Hill Collection, Boyden, 1970, (Dust wrapper  edges tatty) £18.00

The Stradivari Influence Exhibition Part III The Stradivari Influence, December 1987

   (with  invitation card of Ealing Strings signed by Malcolm Sadler) £25.00

Violins of France, A Retrospective Exhibition Presented by Jacques Francais, Lincoln Center 1971

   (18 page catalogue, slight marks and scuffs to paper cover) £25.00

Old Violins Violas and Violoncellos and Bows, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. c.1926 £40.00

17th, 18th and 19th Century Rare Violins, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. c.1934 £40.00

Good Violins Bows and Accessories, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. 1938 (some staining to cover and adjacent    

   pages) £40.00

The Becket Collection of Historical Musical Instruments, Rattray, et alia, RA London, 2010, £75.00


Liuteria Italiana, Vols I-IV, Eric Blot, SOLD

Index of Mirecourt Luthiers 1886, Basford, 2017, £25.00

Index of Mirecourt Luthiers 1896, Basford, 2019, £25.00

Alte Geigen und Bogen, EILA, 1997 (text in German and English) £285.00

Alte Meistregeigen Vol VII Die Turiner Schule, 1981, (text in German) £95.00

​Violin Makers. The Renaissance of Italian Lutherie DVD, Zanrè and Parmiggiani £35.00

Umeni Houslaru, Pilar and Sramek, 1989 (text in Czech) SOLD
La Pochette du Maitre a Danser, Lebet, 2007 (text in Italian, French and English) SOLD

British Violin Makers, Meredith Morris, 1920 2nd edition £12.00

Die Lauten und Geigenmacher des Fussener Landes, Bletschacher, 1978, (Bookplate of Stephen Gottlieb and written inscription, some wear to dustwrapper edge, text in German) SOLD

Deutsche Bogenmacher, K.Grunke  £345.00


The Violin and Its Story, Abele, trans. Alwyn, 1905, £12.00

The Violin, Dubourg, 5th edition 1878 £22.00

The Violin Makers: Portrait of a Living Craft, Alburger, 1978 (ex-library) £10.00

The Violin Book, Stowell, et alia, 1999, (some fading to slipcase) £22.00

Esterby’s not so fine Musical Instruments, Barker and Cambridge Violin Makers, 1991, £12.00

Guarneri, Violin Maker of Genius, L. Wibberley, (fiction) £5.00

Fiddles: Their Selection, Presentation and Betterment, H. Saint-George, 2nd ed. 1921, £8.00

The Art of Tone Production on the Violoncello, Emil Krall, 1923, £6.00

The Value of Old Violins, E. Polonaski, 1912, £28.00

Violins and Violinist, F.Farga, 3rd impression 1955, (ex-library) £12.00

What Are the Broad Distinguishing Marks of a ... Stradivari Violin, Balfour & Co., 1901,  (small corner tears to cover, small margin tears to pages) £30.00

The British Violin Makers Guild, promotional booklet c.1915, 24 pages paperback, £45.00


Violin Making Made Clear and Concise, Geiger and Cole, 1935 £25.00

The Old and Modern Varnishes for Violin Makers, S.L. Corbara, 1987, £115.00

History and Construction of the Violin, G. Foucher, 1897, £15.00

The Principles of Violin Construction, J. Taylor, Kellow reprint 1984, £6.00

Violin and ‘Cello Building and Repairing, R. Alton, hardback, 1946, £22.00

Violin Making and Repairing, “Work” Handbooks , R. Alton, paperback, 1923, £12.00

Violins & Other Stringed Instruments How to Make Them, “Work” Handbooks, hardback, 1906, 28.00

Varnishes and Very Curious Secrets, ed. V. Gheroldi, 1999, in paper slipcase, £38.00

F-Modelle Alter Mesitergeigen, H. Edler, 1983, £105.00

Geigenlacke, J and R Hammerl, 1988, (in German) £35.00

Preservation and Restoration of Musical Instruments, A. Berner et alia, 1967, £12.00