David Fulton, hailed as the “greatest collector in the world” by Money magazine, spent more than four decades assembling the finest stringed instrument collection of the past 100 years. This striking volume chronicles what he calls “the musical journey of a lifetime . . . to gather the finest instruments obtainable.”
The book is a collage of musical anecdotes, social history, details about the subtle craft of fine-instrument-making, and autobiography. The volume is an affectionate tribute to centuries of meticulous craftsmen, dedicated owners, passionate performing artists, and, of course, the rare and extraordinary stringed instruments themselves.
“I hope this book will help explain why I became a violin collector — clearly a form of ecstatic madness. I started forming the collection in 1981, but my fascination with violins, playing violins, and violinists goes back much farther, back to my childhood. It has been the musical journey of a lifetime and the great violins, violas and cellos have served as my milestones. Along the way I’ve had many interesting experiences and met some remarkable people. I hope to take you along on that journey.”