Posted on January 6, 2010April 12, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: Appraisers Reference Manual of Authentic String Instruments and Bows by Thomas E. Florence Review: Appraisers Reference Manual of Authentic String Instruments and Bows by Thomas E. Florence Reviewed by George J. Manno Originally published in American Lutherie #11, 1987 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000 Appraisers Reference Manual of Authentic String Instruments and Bows Thomas E. Florence M & M Distributing Company 2465 South Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 $175, and $30 for yearly supplements The author’s death has put the continuation of this book in doubt (1999). If there is one book that will be useful to any violin shop or maker who does appraising, this is it! Thomas Florence has compiled a complete sectional directory of authentic violins, violin bows, violas, viola bows, cellos, and cello bows that have been sold in the major auction houses in the United States and England since 1980. Each section is in alphabetical order according to the maker for easy reference. Every entry informs the reader of the catalog lot number, type of instrument, maker’s name, year the instrument was made, selling price (in U.S. dollars), date of sale, and what auction house sold the instrument. The manual can also be used as a price guide for collectors. Yearly supplements will include information concerning that year’s past winter, spring, summer, and fall sales, keeping the manual current at all times. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.