Antonio Stradivari Vol. I‑VIII

Volume I-VIII, combined 2.667 pages, 3.342 images, 43 fold-out pages, with slipcase and DVD.

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A collection of instruments crafted by the legendary Antonio Stradivari, fully researched, compiled and photographed in such high quality, has never been published before. Three hundred well-certified instruments have been meticulously and expertly photographed by some of the world’s best photographers. We have been allowed privileged access to some of the rarest examples of Stradivari instruments in existence. Therefore, some of the instruments have never been shown before. More than 40 instruments had been given names for the first time, and some—scientific research has shown—are related. A list of subscribers is included within the books.
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Jost Thöne Verlag

As the books measure 320 mm by 450 mm, every detail of the beautiful instruments is reproduced in life-size including the cellos, which reach an extent of approximately 960 mm by 450 mm.

The printing technique chosen for the reproductions makes use of a special varnishing to preserve and enhance the beauty of the instruments. The collection is divided into eight volumes of around 2667 pages with a weight of 50 kg.

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This marvellous project is being published by Jost Thoene Verlag, supported by the most recognized experts worldwide. The books contain the fascinating history of every featured instrument, thoroughly researched and carefully written by Dr. Christian Eder and Alessandra Barabaschi, alongside comprehensive essays by distinguished experts such as Florian Leonhard, Simon Morris, Director of J & A Beare Ltd (both of London), Carlo Chiesa (Milan), Arjan Versteeg (Starnberg) and Johannes Loescher (Cologne).

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Jost Thöne Verlag

A DVD accompanies this collection, providing precious additional information such as measurements, arching samples, detailed views, CT scans, 360° turns, dendrochronological results of all the Strads published, rare recordings of some of the instruments shown and an exclusive live video recording.

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Jost Thöne Verlag

Since 1998, when he established the publishing house "Jost Thöne Verlag", Thöne has published a dozen large books about the Italian and French violin makers of the last four centuries. These reference works feature more than 120 of these important violin makers along with their instruments and biographies.

The latest of these works was "Antonio Stradivari", published in 2010; it became "the state of the art" in violin documentation, showing in four volumes 300 violins, violas and cellos of the icon Antonio Stradivari in life size. This documentation gained international recognition.

Some of the books have been translated into four other languages besides English and are already being sold worldwide, for example by international auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christies or Tarisio in London and New York.
Jost Thöne founded the Violin Expo Cologne in 2006, creating a globally unique stage to present international contemporary violin making in the historic centre of Cologne. He supervised the exhibition "Antonio Stradivari – Myth and Music" in Cologne in 2010 as a guest curator of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud. This exhibition was unfortunately postponed due to culture budget cuts by the city of Cologne.

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