Violin-Making, as it was and is; being a Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Treatise on the Science and Art of Violin-Making for the use of Violin Makers and Players, amateur and professional. - Edward Heron-Allen 1885 - Ward, London - Second Edition (first published 1884) A lovely copy – in the rare dust jacket – of this important and comprehensive work on violin making, still in print since its first publication in 1884, and covering every detail of the process from wood selection to varnish, as well as the instrument’s fascinating history.

Features more than 200 illustrations by the author, portrait frontispiece, and two folding plates of moulds of Stradivarius and Guarneri violins.
  Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943) was an English polymath, writer, scientist, and Persian scholar, who translated works by Omar Khayyám. Despite joining the family firm of Allen and Sons solicitors, in 1879, Heron-Allen’s first love was the violin. Serendipitously, the practice office was located close to the violin-making district of Soho, and Edward’s acquaintance with distinguished violin-maker George Chanot subsequently lead to his writing this remarkable and enduring work.
Heron-Allen later gave up his position at the firm in order to pursue a career in literature, becoming friendly with Oscar Wilde and more especially his wife, Constance. He also embarked upon a lecture tour in America on palmistry, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1919 for his scientific accomplishments, and under the pseudonym Christopher Blayre published a controversial book dealing with sexual taboos entitled
The Cheetah Girl, in the 1920s.

Heron-Allen Society, web. Dover Publications, web. Gregory, ‘Edward Heron-Allen’ Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1943.
pp. [2] xix [3] 366 [2] Publisher’s original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt, with pictorial dust jacket.
  Condition: Near fine, light fading to spine, small bookseller’s sticker to front pastedown, in near fine price-clipped dust jacket, modicum of wear to spine ends, 0.5 cm closed tear to upper front panel, toning to spine.   Ref: 107183   Price: HK$ 2,700