HIPKINS, A. J. Musical Instruments Historic, Rare and Unique … Illustrated by a Series of Fifty Plates in Colours, Drawn by William Gibb Edinburgh, A. & C. Black, 1888.
Large folio. Original red half-morocco over vellum-covered boards, all edges gilt; pp. xix, 107, 50 chromolithographic plates, some hightened with eggwhite; light spotting and wear to binding, dedication leaf with repaired tear, scattered spotting, as usual with this title, a good copy.
First edition of a stunning collection of outstanding historical instruments. Hipkins was a writer in musical instruments and contributed 134 articles to Grove. He was one of the first Westerners to pay attention to non-European instruments of which a few are described and masterly illustrated in this impressive tome.