Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum by Ashmolean Museum

Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum by Ashmolean Museum

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The Ashmolean's collection of European stringed instruments is not large but it is very famous. This book discusses and illustrates every stringed instrument in the collection.

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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 unrivaled 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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SKU GOR006251408
Title Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum
Author By (author) Ashmolean Museum
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Ashmolean Museum
Year Published 2009
Number of Pages 103
ISBN 10 185444199X
ISBN 13 9781854441997
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

Details

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 unrivaled 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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006251408
Title Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum
Author By (author) Ashmolean Museum
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Ashmolean Museum
Year Published 2009
Number of Pages 103
ISBN 10 185444199X
ISBN 13 9781854441997
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.