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Introducing Antonio Stradivari : The Complete Works

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A landmark publication

All known Strads

Spanning 6 volumes and 2000 pages, the publication gathers all known Stradivari instruments. All violins, violas and celli but also guitars, lutes, a viola da gamba, a bow and a harp offer an interesting insight into the life of the most famous Cremonese violin workshop.

Dendrochronology

For the first time, dendrochronological analysis has been applied systematically. This relatively new scientific tool dates the wood on the front of the instrument and provides valuable insights for expertise.

Unprecedented Scale

It took 9 years of meticulous research to gather and organise a phenomenal amount of data. Detailed provenances with dimensions, labels and certificate information for some 850 instruments. All accompanied by stunning photography.

Practical Design

Beautifully printed and bound in Italy, the volumes measure 300 x 360mm and offer an optimal reading experience. The elegant Parisian-grey slipcases, each housing two volumes, come equipped with ribbons for seamless handling.

PRODUCTION UPDATE

As of January 2024, Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 have been printed and are being bound. Work is underway on the remaining two volumes, as we near completion of the complete set.

Library Edition

  • These exquisitely crafted volumes; 

  • Quarter-bound in fine grey cloth;

  • Gilded lettering;

  • Elegant Parisian-grey slipcases equipped with ribbons for easy handling.

Deluxe Edition

  • Collectible limited-edition of 100;

  • Personalised ex-Libris;

  • Handbound in exquisite Italian leather; 

  • Gilded edges and title lettering;

  • Elegant Parisian-grey slipcases equipped with ribbons for seamless handling.

Simon Morris and Steven Smith

A Word from the Authors

Simon Morris and Steven Smith

The creation of this publication has been as rewarding as it has been challenging. The scale of Antonio Stradivari’s achievement over his long and productive lifetime is staggering: over eight hundred instruments are recorded and the great majority of these are extant.

 

We see this publication both as our contribution to safeguarding the legacy of Antonio Stradivari and as a valuable service that we can provide to current and future custodians of these instruments. And to lead this once-in-a-lifetime undertaking we invited John Dilworth and Duane Rosengard, two remarkable scholars whose expertise in fine-stringed instruments and the Cremonese tradition spans some forty years across both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Clearly, the scale of work surpasses the capacity and resources of one dealer, so we are grateful to peers and institutions for their generosity in sharing information and expertise. We hope that you will enjoy this publication as a reference book, a testament to one remarkable man’s lifetime of work, and an inspiration to all craftsmen and craftswomen, as well as a work of beauty in its own right.

(Left) Simon Morris, the former co-Managing Director of J&A Beare. (Right) Steven Smith,  owner and Managing Director of J&A Beare.

Our Institutional Partners

The publication benefitted from unprecedented support from major institutions worldwide

The publication also benefited from great support from collectors, dealers and colleagues who generously shared their records for this project.

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