The English Double Bass Book

Order your limited-edition copy before 31st January 2019 to have it signed by the authors with a personalised message

LEATHER-BOUND LIMITED-EDITION COPY


  • Leather bound with slipcase
  • Strictly limited to 2000 copies
  • Hand numbered
  • Signed by the authors (limited time only)
  • Personalised message (limited time only)
  • Detailed introduction
  • Maker timeline
  • 40 maker sections
  • 526 pages
  • 766 stunning colour photographs
  • Four fold-out sections
  • Lesser and contemporary makers
  • Machine heads section

£465 + P&P

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This book is limited to 2,000 hand-numbered copies. It explores in great detail how the double bass came to England; the instruments that were there before it; and the incredible instruments that were made in the 18th and 19th Century. With 766 colour photographs presented over 526 pages this is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the double bass.

The English Double Bass Book

A unique limited-edition book exploring the fine double basses made in England

The pre-eminent orchestral animal, the English double bass provides power and depth of sound amid great clarity and immediacy. The English makers of the 18th and 19th Century produced instruments which set a benchmark still looked up to today.

Published in 2018, it chronicles the rise and fall of the English double bass makers, providing compiled information on their work, instruments and lives in a level of detail not seen before.

Some 766 stunning photographs of double basses are printed on high-quality fine art paper and are enshrined in a single leather-bound volume. This is a valuable contribution to the history of the double bass, and as such is an essential addition to the libraries of researchers, players, museum curators, luthiers, restorers and valuers.

Order before 31 January 2019 to have your copy of The English Double Bass signed by the authors along with a personalised message.

The Authors

The combined effort of friends and colleagues

Co-authors Tom Martin, George Martin and Martin Lawrence first conceived The English Double Bass through a shared fascination and admiration for the English double basses of the 18th and 19th Century. All three are world-renowned respected double bass makers, repairers and restorers.

As string-instrument family professionals, all three have been privileged to see and hold many fine double basses as they have passed through their hands over the years. In addition, Tom has played fine English double basses throughout his career as a musician.

Following a series of articles commissioned by The Strad, and inspired by the BVMA’s seminal work The British Violin, Tom, George and Martin conceived a fine-art book. The trio’s collective vision was to showcase high quality pictures of the best examples of each maker’s work with a biography to set the context. This is the first in a series of books that the authors are intending on producing, their vision is for a full set of double bass books covering the instruments made in different regions.

The Photography

With 526 pages containing astonishing photographs, this book is the definitive work on the English double bass

With 766 images across the 526 pages of The English Double Bass, high quality photography was paramount. Many instrument pictures were acquired over time, with some on large-format 5x4 transparencies. These had to be digitised and colour-corrected by the authors before printing.

The photography production process was a significant aspect of the work involved in producing The English Double Bass. Even with modern digital photography, careful colour retouching was essential to ensure the colour of each instrument was as true to the original as possible. The end result now enables off-the-page comparison of different instruments by researchers, museum curators, auctioneers, luthiers and valuers who will be able to use the work for future study.

A valuable contribution to the history of the double bass, The English Double Bass is an essential addition to the libraries of musicians, researchers, museum curators, auctioneers, luthiers and valuers.

The Text

Valuable research was completed on England’s double bass makers

Central to the work are the double basses made by the English artisans of the 18th, 19th and 20th Century. Some 40 double bass makers are portrayed in detail, and much of the work reveals information about their lives never previously researched or revealed.

The economic, political and musical backdrop to the rise and fall of the double bass makers is set out in detail in the introduction. The Restoration of the monarchy; the Glorious Revolution; and the accession of the Hanoverian Prince George to the British throne all played their part in setting the backdrop for the rise of the double bass makers. George Frederick Handel’s arrival in London, and, later, the double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti had a major impact, firstly on the appearance and later the popularity of the double bass.

Samples Taken From The Book

Use the flick book above to enjoy some pages taken from The English Double Bass

Limited to just 2000 hand numbered copies, The English Double Bass is set to become a collectors item.

Bibliographic Data

Technical production detail and the team involved

Name:
The English Double Bass
ISBN:
978-1-916-4053-0-1
Press:
Heidelberg 106XL six-colour with coater
Paper:
Amadeus Primo Gloss 170gsm
Page Size:
340mm x 240mm (portrait)
Finishing:
Case-bound in navy-blue leather presented in a slipcase, with silver foil-blocking to spine, cover and slipcase outer
Authors:
Thomas Martin, Martin Lawrence & George Martin
Editor:
Wes Stanton
Design:
Chris Haddon
Art Editor:
Jade Freeman
Extent:
526 pages, 766 photographs, four fold-out sections
Price:
£465

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