Chicago: William Lewis & Sons, 1949.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. #755 of 1500 copies. 335 pp, illustrated, with subscriber list at rear. Spine slanted, rubbing to extremities, previous owner's name and address in ink on half title page. Binding sound, text clean. Modern publisher's description: "Along with the instruments of Stradivari and del Gesù, the violins of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini have long been favored by professional musicians for their responsiveness, tonal quality, and projection. This study remains the most comprehensive account of G. B. Guadagnini's work and the legacy carried on by his descendants. Author Ernest N. Doring conducted painstaking research into eighteenth-century documentation of Guadagnini's itinerant life. He traces the craftsman's progress from Piacenza, Milan, Cremona, and Parma to Turin, where Guadagnini created his most prized stringed instruments. A catalog of the family's masterpieces is organized by city and provides a detailed provenance for each instrument."