Dom Bedos (translated by Charles Ferguson), The Organ-Builder (Two volume set; limited availability; call OHS)$500.00
OHS MEMBER PRICE: $350.00/NON-MEMBERS: $500.00, both + shipping
THIS EXQUISITE EDITION is available in very limited quantity. Presented in two 11" x 17" volumes weighing 17 pounds, it includes 400 pages of text in volume one and 137 full-page or larger illustrations in volume two, all printed on Perma-Life paper. The volumes are hand sewn and are robust in binding to give good service in the workshop. This magnificent work, originally published in four installments which appeared 1776-1778, includes: Part I General information on geometry, mechanics, and tools, and descriptions and dimensions for every part of the organ. Part II Detailed instructions for making all of the parts of an organ; detailed instructions for voicing and tuning, enlarging, and maintaining the finished instrument. Part III Models of stoplists and a specimen contract for having an organ built. It explains how to test an organ, advises organists on matters within their competence concerning the building and maintaining of an organ, and recommends certain registrations as being appropriate to various kinds of composition. Part IV Deals with organs for use elsewhere than in churches and with mechanical organ playing devices. The instructions for translating printed music into mechanical organ form give insights into French performance practices of the mid-18th Century.
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NOTE: Volume two is a facsimile edition of an 18th-century book. Pages are untrimmed and may have printer's marks or slight imperfections on their edges. Volume one includes the text translated to English from the original French and printed on pages trimmed at the top and bottom with natural front edges which may have imperfections. This does not detract from the content of the book or its value as a reference.