Edward Withers Book


“Adam Whone’s tribute to the Withers family is a labour of love which adds considerably to the library of work published on the British violin-making tradition …….
…… [it] is a beautifully produced homage to his predecessors who founded and ran the Withers shop in London for 200 years. Although John Lott 11 is undoubtedly the best known figure to have been connected with the firm, many fascinating characters weave in and out of the story including Georges Chanot 11, George Wulme Hudson and the Vollers: in fact, all the great names associated with the marvellous reproduction instruments that were made in London at the end of the 19th century .. There are beautiful and clear colour plates provided of the work of the most important makers involved in the shop, and many fascinating archive pictures which bring this lively story into sharper focus. The book succeeds both as a piece of social and musical history and as a serious work of reference for the violin connoisseur.”

John Dilworth (U.K.) – courtesy of The Strad magazine

“I bought and began reading your book on ‘Withers’ last week and found that I could not put it down without finishing it. It really is, in my opinion, a very fine presentation and deserves all the praise possible. Congratulations! In fact, I haven’t seen or read a new publication in this genre which is so well researched and interesting. The photos are excellent and the price very reasonable. I shall do my best to suggest it to as many musicians and clients as I can.”

Tom Blackburn (U.K.)

“I bought your book while I was in London for the British Makers Exhibition. I thought it was just going to be something else for the shelf, but when I started reading I was very surprised that it was good, and interesting, and ended up reading every word in one sitting. Robert Bein and I were talking about our favourite violin books the other day and it turns out that the same thing happened to him. It’s an unusually informational book and fine reading!”

Michael Darmon (USA)

“What could I say about a book about a violin shop in London, written by its owner, concluding with a chapter about himself done in the third person? Well, what 1 can say is that it’s a lot of fun to read and the perfect thing for a rainy Saturday afternoon when there are pressing chores that need to be ignored… The value of this book is the window it opens on the two centuries when London was the centre of the violin world, and it conveys a sense of the excitement and dynamism that made it so… Brew up some tea, pop a couple of logs on the fire, and spend a few hours exploring the history and the world of the violin:’

James N. McKean (USA) – courtesy of String magazine