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Antonio Stradivari

Volume I-IV

A collection of instruments crafted by the legendary Antonio Stradivari fully researched, compiled, and photographed in such a high quality has never been published before. 148 well-certified instruments have been meticulously and expertly photographed by the professional photographer Jan Roehrmann.

As the books measure 320mm × 450mm every detail of the beautiful instruments is reproduced in life size including the cellos, which reach an extent of ca. 960mm × 450mm. The printing technique chosen for the reproductions makes use of a special varnishing to preserve and enhance the beauty of the instruments. The collection is divided into four volumes of around 1200 pages.

We have been allowed privileged access to some of the rarest examples of Stradivari instruments in existence. Therefore, some of the instruments have never been shown before. A subscribers list is included within the books.

This marvellous project is being produced by Jan Roehrmann and Jost Thoene and supported by the expert Florian Leonhard. The books contain the fascinating history of every featured instrument, thoroughly researched and carefully written by Alessandra Barabaschi, alongside comprehensive essays by the distinguished experts Florian Leonhard, Simon Morris, director of J. & A. Beare Ltd (both from London), and Carlo Chiesa (from Milan).

A DVD accompanies this collection, providing precious additional information like measurements, arching samples, detailed views and an exclusive live video recording.

Limited to 2000 hard-back linen effect copies (library edition) and 100 leather-bound copies (deluxe editon) of each volume, individually numbered and registered, the books - published by Jost Thöne and Jan Röhrmann - are sure to increase in value and become a collector's item.

Bibliographic Data

Published by Jost Thöne, Jost Thöne Verlag
Editors: Jost Thöne and Jan Röhrmann
All Photos: Jan Röhrmann (except volume 1, pages 48-50 by Jon Foster)
Expert: Florian Leonhard
Text: Alessandra Barabaschi, Carlo Chiesa, Florian Leonhard, Johannes Loescher, Simon Morris, Jost Thöne
Layout & Design: Korhammer Design GmbH, Bocholt
Proofreading: Ingbert Edenhofer
Reproduction & Print: welzel + hardt
Printing press machine: Heidelberg
Paper: NovaTech gloss, 170 g/m²
1,323 pages, 1,662 reproductions, 19 fold-out plates, DVD
© 2010 Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne Germany
Size: 320 mm × 450 mm; fold-out plates 960 mm × 450 mm
Weight: 20 kg
Limited edition: 2,000 copies, linen-bound
ISBN 978-3-00-031644-9 EUR 2,150
Limited edition: 100 copies, leather-bound/gilt edges
ISBN 978-3-00-031644-9 EUR 5.350,00

Volume V-VIII

When Jost Thoene published the first four volumes of “Antonio Stradivari” in 2010 he set a benchmark for this kind of documentary literature. Moreover, he caused quite a stir among musicians, violin makers and music lovers. Today, his famous and unique Stradivari encyclopaedia is being expanded with four more exclusive volumes.

In this lavish photographic documentation, 152 Stradivari instruments are listed, scientifically described and historically documented. All of the instruments are reproduced in their original size – some of them on three-page, fold-out plates. Documenting some 300 instruments in total, volumes I to VIII now cover around two thirds of Stradivari’s instrument extant production worldwide.


  • Each instrument is reproduced in its entirety from the front and the back, with a 1:1 view of the top, back, ribs and scroll.
  • The consistency in the colour of the photographs has been ensured by a special drip-off printing process and meticulous proofs.
  • Each instrument’s history has been investigated and documented by art historian Dr Christian Eder.
  • Each instrument is precisely described and classified within Stradivari’s complete oeuvre and creative periods by musicologist Johannes Loescher.
  • Each instrument has been dendrochronologically analysed (a method used to determine the age of historic wood) by violin maker Arjan Versteeg in order to prove that the spruce wood dates from Stradivari’s time. Another spectacular result of the research is that several instruments could be shown to originate from the same tree trunk. The dating of certain instruments had to be accordingly rectified.
  • A special DVD is included with the publication that provides 360 degree reproductions of selected instruments, enabling the observer to magnify and turn the instruments virtually in order to view them from all angles.
  • In collaboration with “Violin Forensic” in Vienna it was possible to reproduce one instrument using high-definition CT data; the result is a completely transparent ‘glass model’ that can be accessed horizontally and vertically at the computer. Thus, even the tiniest aberration of the wood or the smallest trace of a repair becomes visible.
  • In light of new research, several instruments could be attributed a byname or an existing byname could be corrected.
  • The DVD includes the measurements of each documented instrument, including reproductions of the archings (which will be of special interest to violin makers).
  • The DVD also provides sound examples of several documented Stradivari instruments, with performances by violinists Joshua Bell, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Sean Carpenter, Clemens Hagen and others.

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TV-Report about the Production of „Antonio Stradivari“

Bibliographic Data

Published by Jost Thöne, Jost Thöne Verlag
Editor: Jost Thöne
Photos: Jan Röhrmann, Bronze by Marijke de Vré-Verlaan, 1715 Lipinsky by Michael Darnton, 1698 Zuber by Nathan Tolzmann for Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd.
Text: Dr. Christian Eder, Johannes Loescher, Jost Thöne
Layout & Design: Korhammer Design GmbH
Translation: Anna Stuart
Proofreading: Ingbert Edenhofer
Reproduction & Print: Pinsker Druck und Medien GmbH
Printing Press Machine: Heidelberg HD XL 106-5+L
Paper: Maxigloss 170 g/m² von Igepa, produziert von UPM
Binding: Müller Buchbinderei GmbH, Leipzig
1,344 pages, 1,680 reproductions, 24 fold-out-plates, DVD
© 2016 Jost Thöne Verlag, Saig Germany
Limited edition: 2,000 copies, linen-bound
ISBN 978-3-00-050178-4 EUR 2,450
Limited edition: 100 copies, leather-bound/gilt edges
ISBN 978-3-00-048981-5 EUR 5,350