The Art of Organ-Building: A Comprehensive Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Treatise on the Tonal Appointment and Mechanical Construction of Concert-Room, Church, and Chamber Organs Profusely Illustrated. George Ashdown AUDSLEY.

The Art of Organ-Building: A Comprehensive Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Treatise on the Tonal Appointment and Mechanical Construction of Concert-Room, Church, and Chamber Organs Profusely Illustrated

New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company London, The Vincent Music Company, 1905.

2 volumes. Thick folio. Original quarter ivory vellum with teal blue cloth boards, upper edges gilt, outer and lower edges uncut. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso bust-length frontispiece portrait of the author), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso quote on the organ by Balzac and copyright), 2ff. (preface), 600 pp.; 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 760 pp. + 15 numbered plates (one double-leaf).

With numerous illustrations including carefully executed line drawings and diagrams, 15 photographic plates of historical organs, etc. Decorative chapter initials and tailpieces. Printed on fine handmade paper.

Bindings slightly worn, rubbed, bumped and scuffed; vellum very slightly creased and chipped at head and tail of spines; 2-1/2" crack to upper joint to Volume I; several very small holes to rear endpapers at gutter; some signatures slightly cracked. Edges slightly soiled; a few leaves slightly foxed.

An attractive, crisp, clean copy overall.

Deluxe Edition, limited to 250 numbered copies, this no. 13, signed by the author under printed limitation statement on verso of free front endpaper of Volume I. Liebenow p. 99.

"Audsley was the author of four influential works on organ design: The Art of Organ-building (2 vols., 1905), The Organ of the Twentieth Century (1919), Organ-stops and their Artistic Registration (1921), and The Temple of Tone (1925). These are lavishly illustrated with prints of organ-cases and Audsley’s own meticulous drawings of pipes and mechanisms. He was also an early advocate for the standardization of organ consoles, subsequently adopted by the American Guild of Organists. Audsley’s approach to organ design and tonal structure was conservative, providing a much-needed balance to some of the excesses of the early twentieth century." Barbara Owen in Grove Music Online.

A monumental study, particularly valuable for its excellent illustrations.

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Price: $1,500.00  other currencies

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