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Publication Date: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Harvey, Brian W.
In this book, Harvey explains in detail the history of violin-making in Britain, from one of the earliest extant English instruments made of iron by John Bunyan in about 1647, to the extensive British craft industry of today, including within his book a comprehensive directory of violin-and-bow-makers of the British Isles, with auction prices. The book includes numerous high-quality color and monochrome illustrations, including samples of the work of the major craftesmen involved. The book is also a social and economic history of stringed instruments, showing how in England in particular the violin was slow to win acceptance by association with gypsies and the devil, and how the cello became the instrument favoured by royalty and the aristocracy. The demand for instruments at any particular time is gauged against musical activity in the country.Harvey, Brian W. is the author of 'Violin Family and Its Makers in the British Isles An Illustrated History and Directory', published 1995 under ISBN 9780198162599 and ISBN 0198162596.