Paris: Charles Schmid, 1901. Two volumes. Large octavo. Half dark brown morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine with titling gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers printed in red and black bound in.
I: 1f. (recto half-title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), xxvii, [i] (blank) 290 pp., 1f. (recto contents, verso blank); II: 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 409, [i] (blank) pp., 1f. (recto contents, verso blank). With musical examples, illustrations of instruments and makers' labels, etc. throughout.
With a signed inscription from the author to head of half-title of Volume I: "A Jules Bouche cordial souvenir Laurent Grillet."
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; head of spine to Volume I slightly chipped; joints to Volume II splitting; marbled endpapers slightly cockled at margins. Slightly browned.
Grillet was a noted French violinist, conductor, composer, and writer.
"[His] two-volume study Les ancêtres du violon et du violoncelle: les luthiers et les fabricants d’archets (Paris, 1901) discusses, in the first part, both European and oriental bowed instruments and, in the second, provides lists of instrument makers and their characteristics, grouped by nationality; areas included are Europe, Russia and America. Although now superseded as a work of organology, this carefully prepared and well-illustrated book is not without interest." David Charlton in Grove Music Online. Item #31155
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