I am an avid collector of violin-related books. I love the new ones with full size high resolution photos of fine violins. But I also appreciate the charm and quality of older books, like this one published in 1904 by Lyon & Healy in Chicago. It contains a history and actual pasted plates showing different views of violins in the collection of Mr. R.D. Hawley, including violins by Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesu, Amati, Maggini, Rogeri, Guadagnini, Stainer, and Lupot. Each plate with a protective tissue paper page in front. Can't imagine the work involved in publishing this type of book in 1904.
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