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A.J. Hipkins' Historic Instruments. Bible Regal antique print c1888

A.J. Hipkins' Historic Instruments. Bible Regal antique print c1888

by Hipkins, Alfred James

Hipkins' Musical Instruments, Old and Rare. Antique print of a Bible Regal, a very rare early keyboard instrument, invented by George Voll, an organ-builder of Nuremberg, in the mid-16th century,.. The instrument could be folded up, and when closed looked like a book (hence the name Bible Regal). The key-board was hinged in the middle, and was extended for performances. This bible regal extended to four octaves and a fourth compass. The bellows are found by reversing the book cover. 

This is a chromolithograph by William Gibb for “Musical Instruments - Historic, Rare and Unique” by Alfred James Hipkins (1826-1903), published in Edinburgh, circa 1888 by Adam and Charles Black. Gibb's lithographs are considered the finest illustrations of musical instruments even today.

This lithograph is from the rare first edition, and was one of two illustrations on the page. Although from a decommissioned library edition, the framing presentation of this image is not marred by the library stamp. This delightful image has been mounted between 'antique white' coloured conservation mattboard, within a protective cellophane cover. The image within the mount measures 110 x 205mm (4.25 x 8 inches)


Stock Number: apM.AH1Price: $80.00